‘‘It would mean everything,’’ Boatwright said of winning the regular season title. ‘‘We knew that they would try to take everything from us and bury us. For us to come out and play with pride and play for UConn, the best thing we can do to show them is to win the regular season title.’’
Then he added his thought on beating Syracuse.
‘‘They are leaving the Big East with a bad taste of UConn in their mouth,’’ he said.
Southerland was playing in his second game since returning from a six-game absence while some eligibility issues were cleared up.
The Huskies were without 7-foot-1 center Enosch Wolf, who has been suspended indefinitely from the team after he was arrested for what university police have called a ‘‘domestic dispute.’’ The native of Germany is averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games.