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Huskies Face Tough Road Test at No. 14 Cincinnati

Feb. 2, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. Cincinnati

Date & Time

Saturday Feb. 4 | 4 p.m.

Venue & Location

Fifth Third Arena - Cincinnati, Ohio

TV/Radio

ESPN2 | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats

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Game Notes

UConn-Cincinnati

STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team heads into Saturday’s matchup with No. 14 Cincinnati on a three-game winning streak, as it looks to continue its recent success in American Athletic Conference play.

The Huskies (10-11, 5-4 American) tip-off with the Bearcats at 4 p.m. on ESPN2 and it can be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network. UConn is 3-5 all-time playing in the Fifth Third Arena.

Three different players have recorded double-doubles in the current winning streak, with senior Kentan Facey averaging 15 points and nine rebounds in that stretch. Facey, along with freshman Christian Vital, each had a double-double against Tulane on Saturday.

On Monday, Vital won AAC Rookie of the Week after a 14-point, career-high 10-rebound night against the Green Wave in Gampel Pavilion. It marks the third-straight week UConn has earned the honor (Vance Jackson – Jan. 16, 23).

In the last three games, five UConn players are averaging double-figures – including Adams’ 15.7 points per contest. The Huskies have a +12.7 scoring and +7.7 rebounding margin in the winning streak.

UConn lost two of three games to Cincinnati in 2015-16, but won when it mattered most in a four-overtime classic, 104-97, in the AAC quarterfinals. Adams hit a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer of the third overtime to extend the game.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI

After wins over ECU, USF and Tulane, the Huskies get a big test on Saturday against Cincinnati (20-2, 9-0 American) – the first-place team in the AAC. The Huskies are 13-8 all-time against the Bearcats.

Cincinnati currently has a 13-game winning streak and has won 21 straight at home. Three players are scoring in double-figures – Jacob Evans (14.1), Kyle Washington (13.1) and Troy Caupain (10.9).

The Bearcats lead the American in points per game (77.5), scoring margin (+16.1), field goal percentage (47.6) and steals (7.5). Cincinnati’s last loss was to Butler on Dec. 10.

BY THE NUMBERS

4-0: UConn’s record when seniors Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey both score double-digits in a game. Against Tulane, the pair combined for 38 points and 20 rebounds.

81.6%: UConn’s free throw percentage in the past three games, the best three-game stretch all season for the Huskies at the charity stripe.

11 of 12: Previous meetings with Cincinnati have been decided by seven points or fewer. The series is tied, 6-6, in those 12 games.


 

 

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