Jan. 15, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Fresh off its first American Athletic Conference victory, the University of Connecticut men's basketball team travels to Memphis for a Thursday battle with the 17th-ranked Tigers at the FedExForum at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN and will be broadcast live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (13-3) secured an 84-61 victory over UCF on Saturday at Gampel Pavilion, paced by a career-high 20 points from freshman center Amida Brimah. Brimah also pulled in a career-high eight rebounds and tallied five blocks in 20 minutes of action. The Husky defense held the Knights to just a 31.3 shooting percentage, including just 5-for-21 from beyond the arc.
Brimah became the third UConn player to earn conference weekly honors when he was named as the American Rookie of the Week on January 13th. Senior guard Shabazz Napier was named to the conference weekly honor roll for the fifth time this year following a 14 point, 11 assist game on Saturday.
Since the 1989-90 season, the Huskies sport a 118-92 (.562) record against AP top-25 ranked teams, including a 3-3 record last season. Memphis will be the second top-25 team that the Huskies have faced this season, most recently having downed No. 15 Florida on December 2nd at Gampel.
The Tigers enter Thursday's contest with a 12-3 record (3-1 The American) and an impressive 6-1 record at home. Memphis is led by its trio of senior guards, Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford and Geron Johnson. Jackson is the Tiger's leading scorer at 14.7 points per game and also dishes out a team-high 3.9 assists each game. Overall, the Tigers have shot well from the field as a team (.473), but have struggled from three-point range, converting on just 29.3 percent of their shots.
The Tigers joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14 after a 31-5 campaign in Conference USA last season. Memphis has been one of the most consistent programs over the past decade, taking home six of the last eight Conference USA regular season titles and seven of the last eight conference tournaments.
In 2013-14, the Huskies hold a 1-2 record in true road games, including an 0-2 record in conference play. Despite a 4-5 road record under second-year head coach Kevin Ollie last season, the Huskies have enjoyed a 55-49 road record over the past 10 seasons. During Ollie's tenure, UConn sports a 6-4 record in the month of January.