Need a big game from Saniya who was third in her 2021 class just behind number one Fudd. Both were Hoopgurlz five star scout's grade 98 players.
State hosts UConn Sunday November 12th at 3 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. The game will be televised on ABC.
State's record against UConn is 2 wins and 8 losses. State's two wins were on December 29th 1991 (a 62-59 win in Storrs, Ct) and on March 22nd 1998 (a 60-52 win in Dayton, Ohio which sent State to the final four). The most heart-breaking loss was that on March 28th 2022, a 91-87 double overtime loss in the elite eight of the NCAA tournament and in Bridgeport, Ct.
In Uconn's last game, a 102-58 win over Dayton in Hartford, Ct. at the XL Center the starters for UConn were six-three senior Aaliyah Edwards, five-eleven junior Azzi Fudd, five-eleven senior Nika Muhl, six-two junior Caroline Ducharme and six-foot red-shirt junior Paige Bueckers.
Edwards led UConn in scoring and rebounding with 23 and 9. Edwards shot 10-12 from the floor. Fudd had 13 points and Bueckers had 8. Six-one graduate student Aubrey Griffin scored 12 off the bench while six-foot freshman Qadence Samuels scored 11 off the bench. UConn shot 39-78 from the floor; 10-24 from the arc. Neither Fudd nor Bueckers shot that well from the floor; 4-12 and 3-9 respectively. Do Not expect the same from Fudd and Bueckers Sunday.
From warrnnolan.com State's overall record is 1-0; their NET is 17; their RPI is 100; their ELO is 8; and their SOS is 128. State has a quad 4 win which is that over Charlotte.
Also from Nolan, UConn, ranked number 2 in the nation, has a 1-0 overall record. UConn's NET is 2, their RPI is 100, their ELO is 5, their SOS is 128 and they likewise have one quad 4 win.
Surprisingly Nolan picks State to win 66-65 with a 54% probability. Just of note Nolan picks State to win their first 14 games with the first loss being at VaTech. I will take it!
Not so at herhoopstats. Lobo's Look likes UConn over State 74-66.9 with a 72% chance of a UConn win. Also from this same site, State has a Her Hoop Stats Rating value of 26.8 and a rank of 22/310 while UConn has a value of 39.6 and a rank of 4/310. Herhoopstats has added a bracketology section. In that State is an 8 seed in number 1 seed Ohio State's Portland 3 bracket.
Never pick State to lose, so I call a toss-up. Go Pack!