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

David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

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.