The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)
MEN’S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY
SETON HALL AT NO. 20 UCONN
When: Saturday, noon
Where: Gampel Pavilion
Records: Seton Hall 16-11 (9-7 Big East), UConn 19-7 (8-7 Big East)
Radio: UConn Sports Network, WAVZNew Haven (1300 AM), WGCH- Greenwich (1490 AM), WATR-Waterbury (1320 AM), WICH-Norwich (1310 AM, 94.5 FM), WILI-Wilimantic (1400 AM, 95.3 FM), 97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford, SiriusXM-983, SXM App 973
KEEP AN EYE ON Paying back the Pirates: Seton Hall has led the UConn men’s basketball team for exactly eight seconds this season. The Pirates haven’t beaten the Huskies with one of their alums, Dan Hurley, on the opposing sidelines.
And yet, Seton Hall is 1-0 against UConn this season. On Jan. 18 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., with Hurley and associate head coach Kimani Young back home dealing with COVID-19 and assistant Luke Murray taking over head coaching reins, UConn jumped out to as much as a 17-point first-half lead and led by 14 at halftime.
But the Hall gradually battled back, briefly took a lead with 1:12 left before UConn grabbed it back. With 1.6 seconds left, K.C. Ndefo grabbed a Femi Odukale missed 3-pointer and put it back for what turned out to be the game-winner in a 6766 Pirate win.
“We’re heartbroken,” Tristen Newton said afterwards. “We should have won that one.”
The Huskies get a chance for revenge on Saturday at noon at Gampel Pavilion. The game is important for Big East tournament seeding. Seton Hall (9-7) is currently a half-game ahead of UConn for fifth place in the Big East standings. Really 1 1/2 games, since the Pirates won the first encounter. A UConn win on Saturday can go a long way towards the Huskies taking over the fifth seed for the Big East tourney. And that’s big, considering the top five seeds get byes into the quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.