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Game Thread: UConn vs Yale

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In a battle of interstate rivals, the Huskies look to snap a two game losing streak.

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**HALFTIME**

Do you enjoy scoring? Well executed offense? Fun basketball? Well then this was not the first half for you.

Yale leads UConn 24-19, getting 9 points from Justin Sears. It was a sloppy half of basketball, with neither team able to shoot with any consistency. The two sides combined to shoot 19-53. It's been ugly.

The Huskies have played with a disturbing lack of energy. Coming off a two game losing streak, many expected a max effort performance, but that has not been the case. UConn had a 7 minute stretch without a basket. It goes beyond the scoring though. The Huskies have turned the ball over 7 times, leading to 11 points for Yale. UConn needs to clean it up and take better care of the ball.

On the bright side, this was the Sam Cassell we saw in the preseason. With 7 first half points, including a 3 and a transition layup, he's gave the offensive boost that's been missing to start the season. Also, the UConn offense needs to get Amida Brimah more involved. Yale does not have anyone that can even think about guarding him without fouling. Brimah has 6 points and has shown nice touch around the hoop. Feed the big man and let him carry you home.

Big second half coming for the Huskies.

Following rough defeats at the hands of West Virginia and Texas, UConn looks to bounce back against Yale. The Huskies enter the contest with a 3-2 record, while Yale is 7-2.

UConn's lineup is still up in the air. Senior Ryan Boatright sprained his ankle in the waning minutes against Texas, he is listed as a game time decision. Rodney Purvis was out against Texas, he too is listed as a game time decision. Omar Calhoun, still looking to make his season debut, is out with a right knee injury.

Yale is off to their best start since the 2010-11 campaign. The Bulldogs have gotten strong production from senior guard Javier Duren. He's leading the team in scoring 14.2 ppg, total assists and total steals.

UConn and Yale have a rivalry that extends back a century. Their first meeting was during the 1914-15 season. The schools have met 66 times, with UConn holding a 44-22 advantage. UConn is currently riding a 13 game winning streak over Yale. Their last meeting was 11/11/2013, a UConn victory, 80-62.

Look for UConn freshmen Daniel Hamilton to continue his dynamic start, especially if Boatright and Purvis show signs of their injuries. Hamilton is averaging 13.4 ppg and has looked more mature and confident than his age would suggest.

Although not quite the level of Texas, this is a big game for the Huskies. They need to take care of business of a less talented, in state rival, here at Gampel. Expect a max effort performance from UConn tonight.

Follow me on Twitter @ElanDeCarlo and check back here at halftime for an update