The No. 24-ranked Connecticut Huskies welcome the return of freshman guard Ryan Boatright Saturday, as they try and snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a Big East Conference men's basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT (noon on ESPN3).
The Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East) have dropped four of their last six games, with the last three not featuring Boatright who had to sit out because of an NCAA investigation which concluded Saturday.
It has been eight days since UConn played, Jan. 21, when they lost at the Tennessee Volunteers, 60-57. A few days before that, Jan. 18, the Huskies fell to the Cincinnati Bearcats, 70-67.
Entering Sunday's game, sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb paces the Huskies in scoring averaging 17.9 points per game. Overall, UConn is second in the Big East in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot 37.0-percent from the field.
Meanwhile, the Irish (13-8, 5-3) is looking to avenge a Jan. 14 loss to the Huskies, who snapped a 29-game home winning for Notre Dame at the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame is coming off a 55-42 victory over the Seton Hall Pirates Wednesday. Guard Jerian Grant netted a game-best 15 points. Last Saturday, the Irish upset then No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange, 67-58.
Entering Sunday's contest, the Irish are allowing an average of just 63.0 ppg.
For more on UConn basketball, check out the SB Nation blog The UConn Blog, while One Foot Down has everything on the Irish. Meanwhile, Big East Coast Bias has all you want on the Big East Conference.