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Connecticut puts five-game streak on line

Feb 6, 2008 - 1:33 PM No. 19 Connecticut (16-5) at Syracuse (16-7) 7:00 pm EST

SYRACUSE, New York (Ticker) -- A five-game winning streak has propelled Connecticut back into the top 25 for the first time this season.

The 19th-ranked Huskies (16-5, 6-3 Big East) face Syracuse (16-7, 6-4) on Wednesday in a game both teams need to stay within striking distance of conference-leading Georgetown.

In addition to an impressive upset of Indiana, UConn has beaten Marquette and Pittsburgh during the streak, matching its conference win total from a year ago in the process.

"The teams we're playing are pretty good, people have to notice that," Huskies' coach Jim Calhoun said.

Junior guard A.J. Price is averaging a team-high 14.6 points for UConn, but is averaging 17 points during the winning streak. The Huskies will again be without sophomore guard Jerome Dyson (14.3 ppg), who remains suspended by Calhoun following an on-campus incident with sophomore reserve guard Doug Wiggins.

The Orange have won three straight after dropping four of their previous five games. Freshman forward Donte Greene is averaging a team-high 18.3 points per game for Syracuse.

Calhoun and Orange coach Jim Boeheim are tied for 10th on the career wins list at 766 and are third after all-time leader Bob Knight resigned from Texas Tech on Monday.