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Whiteout Week for UConn, as No. 8 Cincy Visits Saturday

Rally Towel giveaway for fans in attendance.
Rally Towel giveaway for fans in attendance.
Feb. 2, 2018


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Gameday: Gampel Pavilion

STORRS, Conn. –
For the fifth time this season, the UConn men’s basketball team will square-off with a ranked opponent, as No. 8 Cincinnati visits Gampel Pavilion on Saturday afternoon for a noon tip-off in American Athletic Conference action.

UConn is celebrating Whiteout Week, as all fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and free rally towels will be laid out on the seats while the Huskies (11-11, 4-5 American) battle with the Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American) on ESPN2 and the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

It is also Team IMPACT Day on Saturday, as UConn will have a special halftime presentation to celebrate its partnership with the non-profit organization that teams up children with chronic illnesses and college athletic teams. Currently seven programs in the athletic department are involved in the program.

Coming off consecutive losses to Temple and UCF on its latest road trip, UConn looks to bounce back with a signature win against rival Cincinnati. Junior guard Jalen Adams leads the team in points (17.6), assists (4.1) and minutes played (38.3) per game.

In his first game back since Jan. 20 against No. 1 Villanova, redshirt junior Terry Larrier scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the 70-61 loss to the Knights. UConn was outrebounded, 38-26.

Since the American began in the 2013-14 season, the teams have played 14 games against one another – including four times in the conference tournament. The Huskies are 6-8 against the Bearcats in that stretch, but are 3-1 in the postseason.

UConn owns a 13-11 all-time mark in the series with Cincinnati, but was swept last season by the Bearcats – including a meeting in the AAC semifinals at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI

Cincinnati was the No. 1 pick in the AAC Preseason Coaches Poll and has lived up to the hype. The Bearcats, ranked No. 8 nationally in both polls, have losses only to Xavier and Florida. Currently, the Bearcats are riding a 13-game winning streak. They are 5-1 on the road, including 4-0 in conference road games. Four starters average in double figures for Cincinnati, led by junior guard Jacob Evans (13.9 ppg, 3.4 apg, .420 three-point fg pct) and senior forward Gary Clark (13.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg).

TRIPLE THREAT

As of Feb. 2, Adams leads the team in scoring (17.6), assists (4.1) and is third on the team in rebounding (4.6). No UConn player has ever led the team in all three categories for the entire season. The closest was Shabazz Napier in 2013-14, who led the Huskies in scoring (18.0) and assists (4.9), and finished second in rebounding to DeAndre Daniels by a 6.0 to 5.9 margin.

UNDEFEATED AT GAMPEL

UConn heads into today’s game with a perfect 5-0 record at Gampel Pavilion this season. The Huskies have recorded nine undefeated seasons in Storrs, the latest one in 2008-09 (7-0). The Huskies have an overall record of 177-33 (.843) at Gampel since the building opened on January 27, 1990.


 

 

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