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TheRoundUp 12/27: Big East play is upon us

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The Day - No. 4 UConn men set for first Big East challenge | News from southeastern Connecticut
Tonight's is the first true road test for the Huskies, who've lost four of the last five games in the fiercely competitive series. And it comes against a team that's favored to win the Big East and difficult to defeat at the Petersen Events Center, where the Panthers have never lost to a top five team, going 7-0.

Heavyweights UConn, Pitt square off in Big East opener -
Dixon considered the UConn game so important he kept his players on campus after they defeated American 61-46 on Wednesday. They didn't break for Christmas, but kept practicing at the Petersen Events Center.

Josh Selby's versatility keeps Kansas at No. 2 in Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
To play Devil's Advocate against myself, there are some positive things about UConn's D: Led by Alex Oriakhi, they've controlled the interior, ranking second nationally in two-point field-goal defense (at 36.4 percent). They also rank third nationally in defensive free throw rate (22.7 percent). And they've added size to their front line with the addition of German 7-footer Enosch Wolf, who debuted against Coppin State on Dec. 20. Their problem has been guarding on the perimeter, as they've been allowing opponents to shoot 38.9 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks 301st nationally. If UConn's guards can start putting more pressure on opposing shooters, the Huskies may be able to contend in the Big East.

UConn's Todman thrives despite constant attention - StamfordAdvocate
As impressive as Oklahoma's team is in many areas, the Sooners haven't been at their best defending the run. They allow 151.8 yards rushing per game, an average that puts them a modest 63rd nationally this season.

OU should be able to air it out |
Because competing in the pro set-oriented, run-first Big East, the Huskies have yet to see a passing offense as sophisticated, as up-tempo, as prolific as the one OU will carry into University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday.

Huskies Arrive In Phoenix For Fiesta Bowl - Hartford Courant
It didn't take long for UConn to notice the change in weather after the Huskies arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's Fiesta Bowl. "We just left 25-degree weather and we are supposed to have a storm coming in with 6 to 12 inches [of snow], so being out here is great," coach Randy Edsall said.

UConn Braces For Big Loss On Fiesta Tickets - Hartford Courant
Not by a longshot is UConn is alone; even schools with long traditions and enormous followings are having problems selling their bowl tickets. Oklahoma, much closer to Arizona, has sold only about 8,000 of its tickets, but the Big 12 will pick up the tab for unsold tickets.