Friday, January 25, 2008

Expect good things from Price and Dice

It's been virtually impossible to predict how any team from the Big East will fare from game to game. UConn is as unpredictable as any, getting romped by Providence at home one night, only to run roughshod over then-No. 13 Marquette three days later.

But if form holds true, there are two players the Huskies should be able to bank on tomorrow when they face No. 7 Indiana at Assembly Hall: A.J. Price and Jerome Dyson. Here's why:

Price has raised his level of play against the best competition this season. Today will be UConn's fifth game against a ranked opponent. In the four prior games (one win, three losses) Price has averaged 19.8 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. He's gone over the 20-point mark in two of the four games.

Meanwhile, Dyson has been far more productive on the road than he's been at home. In UConn's five road games, Dyson is averaging 18.2 points and shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point land. At home, the sophomore guard is averaging 12.4 ppg and shooting just 20 percent from beyond the arc. He has scored over 20 points in three of the five Husky road contests this season.

On the flip side, UConn is 1-4 against Kelvin Sampson-coached teams over the past seven seasons. The Huskies lost to Indiana 77-73 last season, Sampson's first at the Hoosiers' helm. And, from 2002-05, UConn lost to Sampson's Oklahoma Sooners two out of three times.

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