The UConn Huskies are back in the Big East. For the first time since 2013, the Huskies will take the floor as a member of the Big East, ushering in a reformed era up in Storrs. In hopes of getting their new stint in the Big East off right, the Huskies will take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils on Wednesday night.
Expectations are going to be awfully high for Dan Hurley and the Huskies this year. UConn was picked to finish fourth in the Big East Conference in the Preseason Coaches Poll. They were able to feature one player on the Preseason All-Conference squads, as sophomore James Bouknight was named to the Preseason All-Big East Second Team. Bouknight is coming off a year where he was a unanimous selection to the All-AAC Freshman Team. He obviously is highly thought of by the coaches of the conference, and he and the Huskies can get things off right if they handle their business against Central Connecticut.
Meanwhile, Central Connecticut isn’t thought off too highly. The Blue Devils were picked to finish ninth out of 10 teams in the Northeast Conference this year, only one spot ahead of the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Donyell Marshall’s team does return four starters from last year and a double figure scorer in junior Ian Krishnan.
Krishnan, a guard, averaged 12.5 points per game and shot 45.2 percent from 3-point land a year ago. Sophomore guard Jamir Reed is on the heels of a freshman season in which he averaged 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and like Krishnan also shot over 40 percent from the perimeter. In terms of returnees, not only do they return four starters, but what’s more is that seven of their eight leading scorers from a year ago are back in the fold.
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Time: 8 p.m. ET
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