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UConn concludes non-conference play Saturday against Washington, from the Pac-12. UConn coach Kevin Ollie calls it a "big game."

STORRS, Conn. – Coaches like to divide seasons into segments. The Connecticut men's basketball team will close out an important segment Saturday night with the final non-conference game of the season.

It will be Huskies vs. Huskies Saturday (7:30 p.m., XL Center, ESPN2, UConn IMG Sports Radio Networik) when Washington comes to Hartford. UConn (9-2) can feel pretty good about itself heading into Big East play if the Huskies can win their fourth consecutive game by beating Washington (8-4).

Washington, out of the Pac-12, started the season 3-3 but comes in on a four-game winning streak since losing to Nevada 76-73 on Dec. 8. Lorenzo Romar's team has also lost to Albany, Ohio State and Colorado State but has a victory over Seton Hall.

Junior C.J. Wilcox (19.6 ppg) leads Washington but the Huskies have four players averaging in double figures. UConn has struggled with rebounding all season and Washington presents a problem with 7-foot center Aziz N'Diaye (9.7 rpg) and forward Desmond Simmons (8.2 rpg).

At least eight NBA scouts will be in attendance at the game, many to see Wilcox in action.

In this video from Friday's practice, UConn coach Kevin Ollie talks about his team's trip to Newtown Thursday, then comments on Washington and guarding Wilcox.

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