HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team (10-7, 3-2 American) goes for its second win over USF (7-12, 1-5 American) this month when it hosts the Bulls Sunday at the XL Center at 12 p.m. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network, and it will also be broadcasted live by the UConn IMG Radio Network. The Huskies, who defeated USF, 58-44, on the road on Jan. 6, boast a record of 3-1 in games played in Hartford this season.
Connecticut downed UCF, 67-60, at Gampel Pavilion on Thursday behind a game-high 18 points from senior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.). Freshman guard Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while junior guard Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 11 points, as he made at least two 3-pointers for the fifth time in the last six games.
The Huskies’ 11 3-pointers in the win over the Knights marked a season-high, and their 21 assists ranked as the second-best total on the year. UCF managed just three steals against the Huskies, while redshirt sophomore guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) matched a career-high with four thefts. The win snapped a two-game losing streak in Storrs for a Connecticut team that improved to 6-1 all-time against the Knights.
The Bulls enter Sunday’s contest with just one win in conference play this season and zero victories in home games against the Huskies. UConn, winners of three straight over USF, sports an all-time record of 13-2 vs. South Florida in a series that dates back to 1972.
USF guard Corey Allen Jr. leads all Bulls with 14.6 points a game, and his 1.7 steals a game stand as the third-best mark among American Athletic players. Forward Chris Perry is second on the team in scoring (10.8 points/game), and he ranks first in rebounds with 7.1 boards a game. USF has shot just 37.5 percent in league play this year, and no Bulls players averages more than 10 points a game in conference games.
South Florida has connected on just 27.4 percent of its 3-pointer attempts on the year, and USF is shooting 44.2 percent overall. Three of UConn’s last four games against the Bulls have been decided by six points or less, and two of those contests have gone into overtime. Five of Connecticut’s six home wins over USF have come at the XL Center.
After Sunday’s game, UConn will resume conference play on the road against Cincinnati on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m., and the game can be seen live on ESPN2.