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Connecticut hopes to bounce back vs. Syracuse

Mar 12, 2009 - 12:36 PM No. 20 Syracuse (24-8) vs. No. 4 Connecticut (27-3) 9:00 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After ending the regular season with a rare loss, No. 4 Connecticut will be looking for a better showing when it faces No. 20 Syracuse on Thursday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals.

The Huskies (27-3, 15-3 Big East) suffered only two losses after the calendar turned over to 2009, but both were to Pittsburgh. Saturday's 70-60 setback knocked Connecticut out of contention for the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament, forcing it to settle for No. 3.

Led by Big East co-Player of the Year Hasheem Thabeet, the Huskies beat the Orange, 63-49 in the lone matchup during the season. Thabeet collected 16 rebounds and seven blocks in the contest while guard A.J. Price handled the scoring load with 17 points.

Connecticut needs to keep from looking ahead, as a win over sixwth-seeded Syracuse could set up another meeting with Pittsburgh.

The Orange (24-8, 12-7) worked their way into the quarterfinals with an 89-74 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday. Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf scored 19 points apiece in a contest that featured four technical fouls due to some pushing and shoving.