UConn-Georgetown Preview

The Associated Press

Georgetown and Connecticut remain two of the best shooting teams in the Big East despite poor efforts over their last two games.

These Big East rivals appear to be searching for answers heading into Wednesday night when the No. 14 Hoyas try to hand the visiting Huskies a fourth straight loss.

Georgetown (16-4, 6-3) and Connecticut (14-6, 4-4) are both shooting 47.0 percent from the field, with No. 2 Syracuse the only Big East team with a better mark at 47.8.

Neither team has been able to find the range well over its last two contests.

Georgetown shot 36.7 percent in that span, including 33.3 in the first half at Pittsburgh on Saturday to fall behind by 11. The Hoyas got no closer than five in the second half en route to a 72-60 loss that snapped their three-game win streak.

"Their defense was very good," coach John Thompson III said. "We were getting the looks we wanted but they were not going into the basket."

Connecticut's percentage is 38.2 in its last two games. Those have been the Huskies' lowest-scoring games of the season, falling 60-57 at Tennessee on Jan. 21 and 50-48 at home to Notre Dame on Sunday.

Second-leading scorer Shabazz Napier is 6 for 25 from the field in the past two games after missing all seven of his attempts Sunday.

"I've tried different things with this team and none of them seem to be working as well as I would like," said coach Jim Calhoun, whose club is on the verge of its first four-game slide since Feb. 28-March 9, 2010.

These teams have had some trouble getting their leading scorers untracked. Georgetown's Jason Clark has totaled 20 points over the last two games, taking only 13 shots despite being the Hoyas' leader with 212.

UConn's Jeremy Lamb can probably relate after he was 6 of 9 from the field for 16 points Sunday.

"I don't think we set good set good screens. Conversely, I don't think we got him the ball," Calhoun said of Lamb, averaging 17.9 points. "And then I think he passed on a couple shots we would like to see him take. It's a combination of things."

Clark averaged 18.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting as Georgetown lost both 2010-11 meetings with Connecticut after winning the previous four matchups. Those victories, however, were keyed by former Huskies star Kemba Walker's 29.5 scoring average.

UConn got freshman guard Ryan Boatright back Sunday after he was held out the previous three games due to an NCAA investigation over his eligibility. There will be no further action on Boatright, suspended for the first six games due to the same issue.

"It's finally over," said Boatright, who had six points in 30 minutes. "We can finally put it behind us. We don't have to worry about me getting pulled out again. We just have to use this to our advantage and come together as a team and make this last final run."

The Hoyas also are concerned about Saturday's defensive effort, allowing the Panthers to shoot 52.1 percent - a season high for a Georgetown opponent. They were outrebounded 35-23.

"Both of those areas (rebounding and defense), we were awful," Thompson said.

Georgetown is 10-1 at home, where it has won three straight over UConn.

The Huskies, though, have captured their last two games at the Verizon Center in the first two rounds of last year's NCAA tournament by beating Bucknell and Big East foe Cincinnati.

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