WBB: UConn!!!

Collins and Hobby

N. C. State Women's Basketball Team travels to Hartford, Connecticut to play the UConn Huskies at the XL Center on Sunday, November 20th at 1 p.m. The game is being broadcast on FS1.

State has played UConn 9 times losing 7 of those games. The latest loss was a 91 to 87 loss in double overtime in the elite eight portion of the 2022 NCAA tournament. That game was played in Bridgeport, Connecticut. State wins were in 1998 in Dayton, Ohio, a 60-52 win, and in 1992 in Storrs, Connecticut, a 62-59 win.

UConn's last game was an 83-76 win over at the time third ranked Texas. UConn started in that game five-eleven sophomore Azzi Fudd, six-one graduate student Lou Lopez Senechal, six-three junior Aaliyah Edwards, six-five graduate student Dorka Juhasz and five-ten junior Nika Muhl. Six-one redshirt junior Aubrey Griffin played 26 minutes off the bench scoring 14 points. Of course Fudd lead UConn in scoring in that game with 32 shooting 13-21 from the floor, including 4-7 from the arc. Juhasz lead UConn in rebounding in that game with 9 while Edwards had 8.

As a team for the season, the Huskies are shooting 532 from the floor; 410 from the arc. The Huskies are averaging 40.5 rebounds per game, 19 assist per game, and 16.5 turnovers per game. Note that UConn has only played two games which are the win over Texas and a 98-39 win over Northeastern. For the season Fudd is the leading scorer for UConn averaging 29 ppg.

From State has a 4-0 record, a NET of 2, an RPI of 24, an ELO of 8 and a SOS of 91. State has no quadrant 1 or 2 wins or losses. UConn on the other hand has an overall record of 2-0, a NET of 4, an RPI of 13, an ELO of 3 and a SOS of 35. UConn has one quadrant 1 win.

Nolan picks UConn to win 69-64 with a 67% chance of a win. Lobo's Look of predicts UConn to win 71.1 to 69.5 giving UConn a 55% chance of a win. In the "overview" UConn's rating is 44.8 and their rank is 5/360. For the same "overview", State's rating is 49.1 and their rank is 3/360. If the game were played in Raleigh, herhoopstats would give the nod to State by a score of 74.7 to 66.9, and if the game were played at a neutral site State again would get the nod with the score being in favor of State 72.1 to 69.

In the 2021 Hoopgurlz rankings Fudd was number 1 with five stars and a scout's grade of 98. State's Saniya Rivers was number 3 with five stars and a scout's grade of 98. One hopes that Saniya sees a change to show, yes, she is as good as Fudd.

Never pick our Pack to lose. When one looks at herhoopstats picks for the game being played at UConn, or at Raleigh, or at a neutral site, one can conclude it to be a toss-up game.I like that.

Go Pack!