Ninth-seeded Connecticut leads No. 16 DePaul 46-33 at halftime of the first game of the Big East Tournament. The Huskies hit their first seven three-point attempts and are shooting 54.8 percent from the field heading into the break.
All-Big East first team member Jeremy Lamb leads all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Freshman point guard Ryan Boatright has chipped in 12. DePaul's Worrel Clahar leads the Blue Demons in scoring with eight points.
The winner of this game will face No. 8 West Virginia in the second round Wednesday at noon.
Connecticut (18-12, 8-10), the defending national champion, enters the tournament squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble and desperately needing a couple of wins to feel comfortable about their chances on Selection Sunday.
UConn and DePaul also met in the 9/16 game a year ago, where the Huskies prevailed 97-71 on their way to the Big East championship.
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