STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is hoping for bigger crowds to watch what he calls a very “embraceable” team.

No. 10 UConn hosts Rutgers on Tuesday, coming off Saturday’s 82-81 overtime win at No. 12 Texas.

The Huskies have not sold out a game in Hartford this season, and could be hindered by a snow storm expected to hit the area Tuesday night.

Calhoun says his team, which includes six freshmen, seems to feed off the energy of big games, but hasn’t played as well in others.

Speaking before Monday’s practice, Calhoun said, “We need our fans, because it does make a big difference when you step out there and feel that way.”

He says the team needs to learn to be as excited at every game as it was before playing Texas.

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