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TheOpenThread: New Hampshire vs. UConn

Hard as it may be to believe, UConn still plays sports. Join us to talk about it.


It may not have seemed like it over the past couple of days, but this is actually a sports blog, whose main purpose is to allow sports fans to watch athletic competitions and then talk about them. Weird, I know. Anyway, UConn has one of those athletic competitions tonight as the Huskies host the 2-3 New Hampshire Wildcats at the XL Center. The Wildcats have lost their last three games, including matchups against the woeful N.J.I.T. and recent BC-conquerers Bryant, so that means they should be easy pickings for the Huskies, but of course nothing is a guarantee.

If you're going to watch for two things I'd say keep an eye out for:

1) Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright -- will they be able to snap out of their inexplicable first-half slumps?

2) Rebounding. UConn has yet to outrebound an opponent this year, and their opportunities to do so will shrink as their out-of-conference schedule passes. If they're going to do it tonight they'll have to contain 6'10 Wildcat forward Chris Pelcher who is pulling down 8 boards a game for UNH.

The game tips at 7 on SNY. Join the conversation below. Go Huskies, and remember: take the stairs because escalators are for cowards.