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UConn Back Home to Play UCF on Sunday


Jan. 6, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. -
After back-to-back road games, the UConn men's basketball team returns home to host the UCF Knights on Sunday in the XL Center at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

The Last Meeting
UCF46
UConn67
March 6, 2016
Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn.
UConn Routs UCF in Season Finale, 67-46
Daniel Hamilton scored all 12 of his points in the second half and UConn closed the regular season Sunday with a 67-46 win over UCF. Sterling Gibbs added 10 points for the Huskies (21-10, 11-7 American Athletic), who needed the victory to stay in contention for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. UConn led by just six points at halftime before outscoring UCF 37-22 in the second half. Tacko Fall had 13 points in just 23 minutes to lead the Knights (12-17, 6-12), who have lost eight of their last nine games.

The Huskies (5-9, 0-3 American), currently on a four-game losing streak, look to break out of their skid and earn their first conference win of the season against the Knights - a team they beat twice by an average of 23.5 points in 2015-16.

In Thursday night's 70-61 loss to Memphis, senior center Amida Brimah had a career-night with 15 rebounds, five of which came on the offensive glass. His effort sparked UConn's +21 rebounding margin over the Tigers (49-28).

Freshman Vance Jackson also impressed on Thursday, matching senior Rodney Purvis with a team-high 14 points - 12 of which came in the second half - on 5-of-8 shooting. Purvis also grabbed six rebounds in the game.

UConn is 8-1 all-time against UCF, and 5-0 since joining the American Athletic Conference. The series dates back to the 2005 season.

SCOUTING UCF

The Knights (12-3, 3-0 American) are off to a quick start in conference play, already holding wins over Tulane, Temple and East Carolina. One of their losses was a 10-point defeat to defending NCAA champion Villanova back on Nov. 20.

Sophomore Tacko Fall, a 7'6'' center from Senegal, is averaging a double-double of 14.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. He leads the American in rebounding and field goal percentage (.800).

Guard B.J. Taylor is scoring a team-high 16.4 points per game and is one of four Knights averaging double-figures.  UCF's defense has also been tight, allowing a league-best 57.1 points per game.

BY THE NUMBERS

5.7: Number of assists that sophomore guard Jalen Adams is averaging per game, the most in the American. He is also scoring 15.9 points per contest, a team-best.

+5.5: Rebounding margin for the Huskies in the past four games. UConn has dominated the glass, led by senior forward Kentan Facey's 9.3 boards per game.

5: Games with a double-digit rebounding total for Brimah throughout his UConn career. Before Thursday, his career-high was 12 on two occasions as a sophomore in 2014-15.


 

 

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