Vermont Catamounts vs. Connecticut Huskies
Tip-off: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 7:00 PM ET
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, CT
The Connecticut Huskies‘ 2012-13 campaign won’t end in the postseason, but YouWager experts consider that it surely began with an outstanding win in Europe.
Now, the Huskies are back in the rankings at No. 23 as they make it back to Gampel Pavilion for coach Kevin Ollie’s home debut this evening versus reigning America East champion Vermont Catamounts.
The Huskies are not eligible for the Big East and NCAA tournaments this basketball season for academic reasons, but that may not stop the team from being a force in the regular season.
Michigan State Spartans can vouch for that after the then-No. 14 Spartans lost 66-62 to UConn in a hangar on the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday.
Napier impressed online sports wagering fans with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He headlines a strong backcourt even though Jeremy Lamb left early for the NBA, with Ryan Boatright adding 13 points, four assists and five steals against Michigan State.
The Huskies are yet to see what happens up front after Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith transferred and Andre Drummond jumped to the pros, but forward DeAndre Daniels had 12 points and eight rebounds in Germany and Tyler Olander blocked four shots.
There’s a lot at stake this season for Ollie, having been hired on a one-year deal to replace the retired Jim Calhoun. Calhoun attended the opener, working as a radio commentator.
The Huskies should have a good chance to pick up another victory tonight before heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands for this weekend’s Paradise Jam.
The Catamounts, which won their season opener 54-53 at Siena on Friday thanks to Sandro Carissimo’s layup with eight seconds left, were picked by the America East coaches to win another conference title after coach John Becker led the team to the NCAA tournament in his first season in 2011-12.
Vermont beat Lamar in an opening-round game before losing 77-58 to the North Carolina Tar Heels.