STANFORD, Calf. - The UConn men's basketball team (9-6, 2-2 American) will play its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET) against Stanford (12-4) at the Maples Pavilion. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2, and it can also be heard live on the UConn IMG Radio Network. The Huskies sport a 2-1 record on the road this season, and UConn is 7-4 against non-conference opponents.
UConn suffered its first road loss this season on Tuesday when it fell to conference foe Tulsa, 66-58, in Oklahoma. Three Connecticut players tallied double-figures in the loss, including freshman Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calf.), who scored a career-high 16 points. The UConn guard also grabbed 12 rebounds to record his third double-double this season, while sophomore guard Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added a career-best 12 points against the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa pushed its lead to 16 points in the second half, and a late UConn rally fell short after the Huskies cut it to just five (62-57) with 1:29 left in the contest. Connecticut, which connected on six 3-pointers in the game, once again struggled from the free throw line, converting just 8-18 attempts. The Huskies held the advantage in rebounds (35-31), but were unable to overcome 15 turnovers which led to 20 Tulsa points.
Stanford, winners of six of its last seven games, defeated California, 69-59, on the road Wednesday. Guard Chasson Randle, who averages a team-best 19.6 points a game, led the Cardinal with 25 points in the win, while center Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown both grabbed nine rebounds. Brown (15.2) and Nastic (13.9) both average double-figures on the year for a Stanford team that ranks 14th among Division I schools in fewest turnovers per game (10.5).
The Cardinal's 9.2 scoring margin is good for the third-best mark in the Pac-12, and their 39.8 shooting percentage from the 3-point line tops all schools in the league. Stanford is a perfect 8-0 at home on the year, and the Cardinal have won five games at Maples Pavilion by at least 10 points.
Saturday's game will be the sixth meeting between UConn and Stanford in a series that dates back to 1956. Connecticut boasts a 4-1 record all-time against the Cardinal, who picked up their first win over the Huskies last season in Hartford. Three of the last four meetings between the two have been decided by double-digits, and UConn won its only road game at Stanford, 70-59, back on Feb. 6, 1999.
After this weekend's contest, Connecticut will host Central Florida at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 22 before playing South Florida (Jan. 25) three days later in Hartford. Tip-off against the Knights is set for 7 p.m.
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