Every conference game UConn has played on the road, it's been a season-high in crowd, even Houston's 4035 on New Year's Eve was a season high. There were sell-outs at SMU, a 19,000 plus crowd at Memphis and then today's game against Rutgers, a sell-out and black court at the RAC in the final meeting as conference mates.
Rutgers hasn't sold out the RAC in two years, but with the Huskies coming the final time it's going to be a packed arena in one of the better college venues in the Northeast.
UConn comes in at 15-4 after a rout of Temple on Tuesday. The Huskies will welcome back Ryan Boatright after he missed Tuesday's game attending the funeral of his cousin.
The Huskies had perhaps their finest game of the year against Temple, with a +15 margin on the boards and easily scoring 90 points from a career-high 31 points from DeAndre Daniels and 27 from Shabazz Napier.
The Huskies will face a Rutgers program that remains substandard. The Scarlet Knights have turned to Eddie Jordan, a former player and NBA coach, to build the program after the Mike Rice fiasco last season.
The Scarlet Knights haven't made the NCAA tournament in decades -- never made it once while it was in the Big East -- and are 8-11, 2-4 in the AAC. Rutgers' last NCAA berth was 1991, when it lost in the first round to Arizona St.
The Scarlet Knights are led by 5-foot-9 guard Myles Mack, who is averaging 16.5 points per game.
The Huskies will host Houston on Jan. 30 before heading out to Cincinnati with a showdown on Feb. 6. The Huskies have become a popular draw in the American, and as the marquee hoops program going forward, UConn better get used to it.
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