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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 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.
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.