STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team (9-7, 2-2 American) continues American Athletic play on Thursday when it hosts Central Florida (9-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network, and it will be broadcasted by the UConn IMG Radio Network. Thursday’s contest marks the first game in Storrs for the Huskies since their game against Yale on Dec. 5. Connecticut is 5-3 at home this season, and UConn sports a 5-1 all-time mark against UCF in a series that dates back to 2005.
The Huskies will look to rebound tomorrow night after falling to Stanford, 72-59, on the road on Saturday at Maples Pavilion. Guards Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) each reached double-figures in the loss, as the two combined for five 3-pointers. Purvis, who has scored at least 10 points in five of the last eight games, also matched a season-high with five rebounds against the Cardinal.
UConn finished the game with a slight advantage in shooting percentage, but the Huskies were held to a season-low five free throw attempts. They connected on three of them compared to a Stanford team that converted 14 free throws on 23 attempts. Connecticut struggled on the boards on Saturday, as the Cardinal ended the game with a 48-24 rebound advantage. Stanford’s 48 rebounds were a season-high for a Husky opponent.
UCF enters Thursday’s game with just one win in five road games this season. The Knights, who average 70.2 points a game, are led by guards B.J. Taylor and Adonys Henriquez. Taylor averages a team-best 14.9 points a game, while Henriquez has averaged 11.5 points to go along with 3.5 rebounds a team-leading 16 steals.
The Central Florida offensive attack has been especially effective in conference play, averaging a league-best 75.7 points a contest. UCF has shot 45 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from the 3-point line this season, and the Knights average 33.8 rebounds a game. Central Florida sports one of the youngest lineups in the conference, starting two freshmen and two sophomores along with one senior.
UConn has won two of its last three games against the Knights, including each of the meetings last seasons. Both games were decided by at least 20 points, and Connecticut’s overall average margin of victory over UCF in home games stands at 16 points.
After Thursday’s game, the Huskies will resume conference play at the XL Center on Sunday against South Florida. The contest, which begins at 12 p.m, can be seen CBS Sports Network.