UConn MBB Starts Two-Game Road Swing At DePaul

UConn Athletic Communications / January 30, 2023

UConn Game Notes

DePaul Game Notes

CHICAGO — The UConn men’s basketball team will play away games in late January and early February.

The Huskies (16-6 overall, 5-6 BIG EAST) open a two-game road swing Tuesday night, January 31 at Wintrust Arena (8:00 p.m. EST, FS1) in DePaul and close it Saturday afternoon, February 31, 4, in Washington, DC, at Capital One Arena vs. Georgetown.

DePaul is the only team in the BIG EAST that UConn has yet to play against. The Blue Demons (9-13, 3-8) will be looking to suffer a three-game losing streak, but they are 7-4 at home, including a 73-72 win over first-seeded Xavier, proving they that they are more than able to compete with any team in the league.

Grad student guard Umoja Gibson, sixth in the BIG EAST in both scoring (16.2) and assists (4.9), leads an offensive attack from DePaul with two other double-digit scorers – Grad forward Javon Johnson (14.9 ) and reserve junior forward Da’Sean Nelson (10.4). Grad forward Eral Penn leads the Blue Demons in rebounding (7.4). Joining Gibson, Johnson and Penn in the usual starting lineup are senior guard Philmon Gebrewhit (6.9 ppg) and Grad center Yor Anei (5.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

DePaul averages 71.5 points per game but has allowed his opponents to score 75.6 points. The Blue Demons have a minus 5.8 rebound and shoot .423 overall and .359 from three-point range. They excel at getting to the foul line and shooting .772s as a team.

UConn, meanwhile, suffered a tough 82-79 loss to Xavier in which they reduced a 17-point deficit to one four times in the second half but failed to catch the Musketeers.

The huskies ride on the hot hand of the second watch Jordan Hawkins. In UConn’s last four games, Hawkins has averaged 23.0 points, 5.3 rebounds per game and shoots 51.9 percent overall, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 95.7 percent from foul- Line. In his last seven games, Hawkins had made 36 of 37 from the foul line.

Junior Adama Sanogo is still the UConn overall (16.9) and rebound (7.2) leader, with Hawkins close behind (16.1 ppg) and Alex Karaban (9.9 ppg) and Dreary Newton (9.8) on the limit of averaging in the two-digit range. Fifth Starter Andre Jackson Jr. is the auxiliary guide (4.4).

In Big East games, UConn has plus 3.3 points and plus 4.8 rebound advantages. The Huskies have a .419 field goal percentage and a .331 three-point fg percentage while respectfully allowing their opponents .430 and .290.

UConn has an all-time 15-1 advantage over DePaul and have won the last 14 encounters between the teams, dating back to 2007. The Huskies are 5-1 against DePaul in Chicago and 2-0 at Wintrust Arena.