NEW ORLEANS – The UConn men’s basketball team (12-9, 5-4 American) continues conference play on Saturday on the road against Tulane (13-9, 4-6 American) at 6 p.m. ET at the Devlin Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network, and it will also be broadcasted on the UConn IMG Radio Network. Saturday’s contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools, and the Huskies enter this weekend with record of 2-4 in road games this season.
Connecticut moved past ECU, 65-52, in Storrs on Wednesday behind a game-high 23 points from guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.). The senior connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers to pace the Huskies, who rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit. Over Connecticut’s last five games, Boatright has converted 25-43 (58.1) of his 3-point attempts, and he’s shot 62.5 percent from behind the arc in the second half alone.
UConn, which matched a season-high with 11 3-pointers in the game, held the Pirates to just one made free throw, the lowest total for a Connecticut opponent on the year. Redshirt sophomore guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) joined Boatright in double-figures with 10 points, while guard Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished the contest with a game-high 11 rebounds. The freshman has tallied double-digit rebound games in three of his last four outings, and his 8.8 boards per game in league play rank first in the conference.
The Green Wave, losers of four straight, sport a record of 9-5 in home games this season. Their last win came against Houston (Jan. 17), and their last victory at home was against USF on Jan. 11. Three Tulane players average double-figures on the year, including guard Jonathan Stark, who is second on the team in scoring (11.3) and first in assists (97) and steals (32). Senior forward Tre Drye is the only Green Wave player to average over five rebounds (5.2) for a Tulane team that boasts a + 2.8 rebound margin this season.
Tulane ranks fifth among American Athletic Conference schools in points per game (66.5), and rebounds per game (35.4), and its 42.9 shooting percentage on the year is good for the eighth-best mark in the league. The Green Wave attempt just over 20 3-point attempts per game in conference play, and they’ve given up an average of 64.8 points to conference opponents, good for the third-worst mark in the league. Three of their last four home games against conference foes have been decided by seven points or less, with their only win during that stretch coming against the Bulls last month.
After Saturday, the Huskies will resume conference action against Tulsa on Thursday (7 p.m.) at the XL Center in Hartford. UConn fell to the Golden Hurricane, 66-58, on the road last month.