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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team looks to bounce back after Sunday’s defeat at Temple when it travels to play UCF on Wednesday night at the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
American Athletic Conference play continues for the Huskies (11-10, 4-4 American) when they take on the Knights (13-7, 4-4 American) in a rematch from a game just three weeks ago at Gampel Pavilion. The UConn/IMG Radio Network will also be carrying the matchup.
Sophomore guard Christian Vital scored a team-high 15 points in Sunday’s 85-57 loss to Temple at the Liacouras Center, breaking the momentum UConn had after its dominant 63-52 win against SMU last Thursday night at Gampel.
The Huskies are just 1-5 on the road this season, with their only win coming at Tulane on Jan. 13. Of the 10 remaining games on the regular-season schedule, UConn is split with five home and away contests.
In the first meeting with UCF this season, Vital scored a game-high 18 points and the UConn defense held the Knights to just 36.5-percent shooting from the floor in a 62-53 victory. Junior guard Jalen Adams surpassed the 1,000-point mark in the game, becoming the 50th player in program history to achieve the mark.
UConn is 11-1 all-time against the Knights, including an eight-game winning streak that dates back to the 2014 season.
UCF has gone through major changes just since the Knights met UConn on Jan. 10 at Gampel Pavilion. UCF lost 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, the national leader in field goal percentage (.767) as well as his 1.9 blocks per game, to season-ending shoulder surgery. On the other side of the coin, junior guard B.J. Taylor returned to action after missing 16 games with a foot injury and is UCF’s leading scorer (13.8).
The Knights are 1-2 since their loss at UConn, but the defeats came at the hands of AAC powerhouses Cincinnati and Wichita State. UCF is 8-2 at home this season, 2-1 in conference games at home.
UConn grabbed an early lead against UCF, then fought off multiple second-half threats by the Knights and secured a 62-53 victory on Jan. 10, hiking the Huskies’ home record to 8-1. Vital had an outstanding all-around game with game-highs of 18 points and seven rebounds, as well as four steals. Adams and redshirt junior Terry Larrier added 13 points apiece, while freshman Isaiah Whaley contributed six rebounds and five blocked shots.
MOVING UP THE RANKS
With 13 points against UCF on Jan. 10, UConn junior guard Jalen Adams became the 50th member of the 1,000-point club on UConn’s all-time scoring list. Adams, who has played 88 career games, has a career average of 12.3 points per game. He currently has 1,083 career points and is No. 45 on the all-time list. No. 44 is Jim Abromaitis (1975-80) with 1,084 points. Adams also has 363 career assists.
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