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Red-Hot Hawks: Though St. Joseph's was an A-10 also-ran, the team caught fire in the league tournament, beating Dayton, St. Bonaventure and Virginia Commonwealth in an impressive run. The Hawks have a lot of momentum coming into this game.
Conference calls: Though seeding makes little difference at the end of the day, the Huskies could have a chip on their shoulder, being seeded seventh and with the lack of respect shown their conference. The A-10, meanwhile, has six teams in the tournament to the AAC's four. Lots of talk about that coming in.
Unique Kanacevic: Kanacevic could be a difficult matchup for the Huskies. He is big, brawny at 255 pounds and also a skilled passer as well as rebounder. Daniels is smaller, but quicker and could be a key in guarding him — and vice-versa.
Senior moments: Both teams have several seniors, but UConn's group has been through the "highest of highs and lowest of lows," notes Tyler Olander. They have played on a national championship team as well as a one-and-done tournament team and had to sit out last year. That's a lot of experience for a college team, so they should not be fazed by the moment. UConn is ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and St. Joe's is unranked.
Rebounding: The Huskies were outrebounded and/or manhandled in the paint in most of their recent games. The Hawks have outrebounded opponents 35.9-33.0 this season so they will present a challenge on the boards. Nolan, back in the lineup, or Amida Brimah, who shows flashes of dominance, must be productive for UConn.
Napier vs. Galloway: It's often said that great players step up in big games, big moments. Napier, the AAC player of the year, and Galloway, whose huge shot ignited St. Joe's in the A-10 tournament, have that reputation. Who will seize this moment?
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