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Syracuse Vs. UConn: Connecticut Tries To Extend SU's Losing Streak To Five

The No. 17 Syracuse Orange will try and end a four-game losing streak Wednesday night as they travel to the Connecticut Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) for a Big East Conference showdown at the XL Center in Hartford, CT (7 p.m. on ESPN).

Last week, the Orange (18-4, 5-4), whose last four-game losing streak came during the 2005-06 season, lost at home to the Seton Hall Pirates and on the road to the Marquette Golden Eagles. The previous week, SU dropped games to No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers and No. 12 Villanova Wildcats. The two recent losses helped SU plummet from the college basketball rankings -- last week SU was No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. Currently, the Orange are tied for eighth in the 16-team conference.

On Saturday, The Huskies (17-3, 5-3) lost 79-78 in double overtime to the visiting Louisville Cardinals. Before Saturday, UConn was riding a six-game winning streak, which included victories at No. 3 Texas Longhorns and home against No. 12 Villanova.

Currently, UConn junior guard Kemba Walker leads the conference in scoring and is a strong candidate to win the nation's Player Of The Year award. Walker netted 20 points in Saturday's loss to Louisville, marking the 15th straight game that Walker netted 20-plus points, the third longest streak in school history. Sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Kemba Walker 20 36.6 8.1 18.5 43.5 2.0 6.0 33.6 6.1 7.4 82.4 1.5 3.8 5.3 4.3 2.1 2.1 0.2 1.3 24.2

Defensively, Connecticut is sound. As of Monday, the Huskies were second in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (.390), blocked-shot average (6.45) and rebound margin (+6.4). UConn is shooting .332 percent (10th in the league) behind the 3-point line and .760 percent from the free-throw line (second in the league).


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