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Conference Action Continues Against SMU on Thursday

Jan. 17, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. SMU

Date & Time

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 7 p.m.

Venue & Location

Moody Coliseum | Dallas, Texas

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Game Notes

UConn-SMU

STORRS, Conn. – From now until the end of the regular season, the UConn men’s basketball team will be focusing on American Athletic Conference matchups – beginning with a Thursday night meeting with SMU.

The Huskies (7-10, 2-3 American) take on the Mustangs at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 in the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. The game can also be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Most recently, UConn couldn’t withstand a second-half rally by Georgetown and fell to the Hoyas in the final minutes, 72-69, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Sophomore guard Jalen Adams had 22 points and nine assists in the loss.

Freshman forward Vance Jackson was named AAC Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 11.5 points this past week against Temple and Georgetown. It was the first award of his collegiate career.

In the last four games, the Huskies have a +6.3 scoring margin and +6.0 rebounding margin over opponents. Four different players are averaging 12.0+ points per game, led by Adams, as well as seniors Rodney Purvis and Kentan Facey, with 12.3 per game.

SMU leads the all-time series, 6-2, and the Huskies are 0-4 on the road against the Mustangs. UConn’s last win was a 68-62 victory on Feb. 18, 2016 in the XL Center.

SCOUTING SMU

The Mustangs (15-4, 5-1 American) are off to a quick start in 2016-17 and have won 11 of their last 12 games going into Thursday’s meeting with UConn. Their only blemish in league play was a 66-64 loss to Cincinnati last Thursday on the road.

Redshirt junior Semi Ojeleye is third in the AAC with 17.7 points per game. Senior guard Sterling Brown is the sharpshooter for the Mustangs, ranking first in the conference with a 47.6-percent shooting rate from long range.

SMU is first in scoring margin (+13.1) and rebounding margin (+12.2) in the American, as UConn looks to shut down the Mustangs in pursuit of its third conference win.

BY THE NUMBERS

4: Double-digit scoring performances for Kentan Facey this season, matching a previous season-high from his junior year. One more will be a career-high in a season for the senior forward.

5: Straight games with six or more assists for Jalen Adams. He had a career-high 12 assists in a 73-59 win over Temple last week in Gampel Pavilion.

3-0: UConn’s record when it shoots 50-percent or better from the field as a team. The season-high for field goal percentage was 61.3-percent against Chaminade on Nov. 22.


 

 

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