Preview: no. 18 UConn vs. Indiana

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Huskies. Hoosiers. For all the 2K sponsored marbles!

Whew.

Thaaaaat was close.

No. 18 UConn held on late against Boston College last night, who refused to go away in final moments of a 72-70 marathon. The free throws were aplenty, and points from the bench were sparse. Yet Shabazz Napier, DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright did just enough to seal the deal—particularly Boatright with his thunderous block as time expired.

The Huskies will take the floor once again at 7 p.m. tonight to battle Indiana in the final of this year's 2k Classic. The unranked Hoosiers are likewise off to a 5-0 start, though for vastly different reasons. The crimson and cream have been led by some excellent young talent and a top-3 national ranking in rebounding.

Shortly after UConn trotted off the court with their win, Indiana took the floor and sped to a 102-84 victory over Washington. They led the west coast Huskies from start to finish.

COVERAGE

TV- ESPN2, ESPN3

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VEGAS, BABY

Indiana is favored at every stop by either 1.5 or 2 points. I will no longer be offering betting advice after yesterday's whiff.

GET CAUGHT UP

After wiping the sweat beads from our blogging brows, we recapped UConn's 72-70 win against BC here.

Our friends over at Crimson Quarry did a nice job of retelling their Hoosiers' 102-84 victory over Washington here.

STORYLINES

Two bluebloods take the stage inside the world's most famous arena. What more could you ask for?

The winner will be crowned 2K champions of the world. Maybe they can get that NBA 2K14 commercial with LeBron and that wretched singing in the background off the air.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UConn

G- Shabazz Napier: Your best players have to shine in the biggest of moments. At this point in the young season, this game is exactly that.

F- DeAndre Daniels: Someone get that damn dirt off his shoulders.

C- Phil Nolan: Need more from the most experienced, true big man on the roster.

Indiana

F- Noah Vonleh: The freshman phenom and former UConn recruit posted four double-doubles to start his career. Last night, he settled for 18 points and nine rebounds. Gotta box him out.

F- Troy Williams: Led Indiana with 22 points against Washington. Williams is tops on the team in steals and stands as IU's second-leading rebounder.

G- Yogi Ferrell: 6' 0" sophomore guard who can fill it up, especially from distance. Hoosier's best scorer.

PREDICTIONS

Andrew: Indiana, 71-66

Good, close game down to the wire where the Huskies' luck in the final minutes runs out. Also, the bench's failure to make a major impact last night is a tad worrisome.

Mac: Indiana, 71-69

This one I'm not so sure of, but I think I'm just going to be that guy and say we might lose this one. Though, I'd love to be proven wrong.

Aman: UConn, 77-76

Since Mac and Andrew took Indiana, and I just ended a morning after piece with some optimism, I'll go with UConn.

Rich: UConn, 68-63

A win is a win is a win.

John: UConn, 70-67

I have a funny feeling UConn might lose (if they play like last night, they will), but I'll say they squeak another one out against a really good team.

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