UConn men's basketball vs. Stonehill: Time, TV and what you need to know

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 20: Adama Sanogo #21 of the Connecticut Huskies is introduced before a college basketball game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Arena on January 20, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 20: Adama Sanogo #21 of the Connecticut Huskies is introduced before a college basketball game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Arena on January 20, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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STONEHILL at UCONN

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: XL Center, Hartford

2021-22 Records: Stonehill 15-12 (Division 2), UConn 23-10

TV: FoxSports.com, Fox Sports app

Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network, WAVZ-New Haven (1300 AM), WICC-Brideport (600 AM), WINE-Danbury (940 AM), WGCH- Greenwich (1490 AM), WATR-Waterbury (1320 AM), 97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford

KEEP AN EYE ON

WHO'S STARTING?: Adama Sanogo and Jordan Hawkins are givens. Andre Jackson Jr. is a given once he returns from a broken pinky finger. Who'll fill out the rest of the starting lineup on Monday night?

There have been two main battles over the past month of practices: point guard and power forward. A pair of transfers, Tristen Newton (ECU) and Hassan Diarra (Texas A&M) have battled at the point.

"It was good playing against Hassan every day," Newton reported. "He's a great defender. Offensively, he's very crafty, so he makes me work on my defense."

At power forward it's been sophomore Samson Johnson vs. redshirt freshman Alex Karaban.

"We've been going at it since Day One of summer," Karaban said. "He's my match-up every day. he's been super-helpful. He's so athletic, he's smart, he can do pretty much everything. I think I won't find a match-up as difficult as him in the Big East. And I feel like I've been doing the same for him, helping him defensively and offensively."

Ultimately, Hurley's decision on a starting lineup (and, for that matter, on his rotations) came down to "the combination of everything that we've seen this summer, which is a ton of plays running through your mind. It's a cumulative thing. Then, obviously, the closed scrimmages, gut, eye test, what you think fits best."

WHY STONEHILL?: The SkyHawks are in their first year of a four-year transition to Division 1. They won't be allowed to play in the NCAA tournament or NIT until 2026-27, though they will be able to play in the Northeast Conference championships in two years.

Stonehill is a veteran team that includes a pair of Connecticut products. It could provide a headache for the Huskies by playing five men behind the 3-point line on offense. Coach Chris Kraus said his team was among the most popular for D1 teams to inquire about adding to their non-conference schedule. He said he reached out to the UConn staff, and they were receptive to setting up the game.

X'D OUT OF XL: UConn wasn't able to practice at the XL Center on Saturday due to a UConn hockey game, or on Sunday due to UConn women's basketball. the Huskies have yet to practice at the site.

"It's always a problem, it's not ideal," Hurley said. "It's going to be fun, though, playing there for an opener. Because I think we'll get a better crowd then maybe we would normally get, under the circumstances."

CLINGAN DINGED UP: Donovan Clingan, the 7-foot-2 freshman from Bristol, missed the last couple of UConn's practices due to an undisclosed injury and is considered "day to day."

HOW TO WATCH: The game will only be able to be watched on FoxSports.com or on the Fox Sports app. Fox Sports 1 will be breaking in and out of numerous games (including UConn's) all night, but won't be showing the entire UConn game.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Player Pos. PPG (2021-22 statistics)

STONEHILL

Max Zegarowski F NA

Isaiah Burnett G 12.2

Josh Mack G 7.4

Andrew Sims F 15.2

Christopher Melis F 6.6

UCONN

Tristen Newton G 17.7

Nahiem Alleyne G 9.6

Adama Sanogo C 14.8

Jordan Hawkins G 5.8

Samson Johnson F 1.7

— David Borges