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Huskies Welcome Temple on Wednesday Night

Jan. 10, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. Temple

Date | Time

Wed., Jan. 11 | 9 p.m. (ET)

Venue

Gampel Pavilion

Location

Storrs, Conn.

Game Notes

UConn-Temple

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STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn men's basketball team will compete for its second-straight American Athletic Conference victory when the Temple Owls come to town on Wednesday night in Gampel Pavilion.

Tip-off between the Huskies (6-9, 1-3 American) and Owls is scheduled for 9 p.m. (ET) on the CBS Sports Network. It can also be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Senior Rodney Purvis scored a game-high 17 points to lead UConn in its best performance of the season on Sunday, as the Huskies cruised to a 64-49 win over UCF in the XL Center. Freshman Vance Jackson and sophomore Jalen Adams were also in double-figures, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.  

Through four conference games, Purvis is averaging a team-best 13.8 points per game. Senior center Amida Brimah is grabbing a team-high 8.3 rebounds against league opponents.

A mix of efficient shooting (47.4 FG%) and strong team defense (held UCF to 21.4 FG% in first half) led the Huskies to a dominant win over the Knights, who came into Sunday with a 12-3 record and allowing the second-fewest points in the country.

UConn looks to continue its momentum on Wednesday against Temple. The all-time series is tied, 7-7, and the Huskies have lost four of the last five meetings - including both regular-season matchups in 2015-16.

In the most recent matchup, the Huskies handled the Owls, 77-62, in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship on March 12, 2016 in Orlando, Fla.

SCOUTING TEMPLE

Temple (10-7, 1-3 American) is coming off its first conference win of the season against ECU on Saturday, beating the Pirates in Philadelphia, 81-62. Prior to that game, the Owls had lost three straight.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game this season. He is one of four Temple players to be averaging double-figures, along with Shizz Alston, Jr., Daniel Dingle and Quinton Rose.  

In the conference, the Owls rank second to last in scoring defense (allowing 70.9 points per game) and are ninth in field goal percentage (41.3%).

BY THE NUMBERS

3: Double-digit wins for UConn this season. They hold them over Chaminade (11), North Florida (21) and UCF (15).

26-8: Scoring in the paint advantage for the Huskies against the Knights on Sunday, despite the presence of UCF's 7'6'' center Tacko Fall. 

1951: First year that UConn and Temple played each other - and also the rookie season of Yankee star, Mickey Mantle. The Huskies won, 76-61, on Feb. 13 of that year.


 

 

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