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MBB Plays Host to USF on Wednesday Night

Men's hoops returns to Gampel Pavilion to take on USF (PC: Steve Slade).
Men's hoops returns to Gampel Pavilion to take on USF (PC: Steve Slade).
Feb. 6, 2018


TV: ESPNU
Radio: UConn/IMG Radio Network / WTIC 1080 AM
Audio Stream: TuneIn.com
Twitter: @UConnMBB
Live Stats:  USF
Gameday: Gampel Pavilion


STORRS, Conn. –
The UConn men’s basketball team prepares for its second-straight game at Gampel Pavilion when USF visits for an American Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday night, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Coming off a 65-57 loss to No. 8 Cincinnati on Saturday, the Huskies (11-12, 4-6 American) look to end a three-game skid when the Bulls (8-16, 1-10 American) come to town. The UConn/IMG Radio Network will be carrying the game on WTIC 1080 AM.

UConn leads the all-time series with USF, 19-2, including a current nine-game winning streak dating back to the 2013-14 season. The Huskies are holding a +23.2 point differential against the Bulls in the last nine meetings.

Junior guard Jalen Adams scored 20 points and added four assists in the loss to the Bearcats during the Whiteout Week game for UConn. A crowd of 9,170 was in attendance for the contest – the biggest of the season for a men’s game at Gampel.

Sophomore guard Christian Vital added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds for UConn, matching his season-high from the UCF game last Wednesday. The UConn defense held firm against Cincinnati, holding it to 38-percent shooting and forcing 12 turnovers.

The Huskies went 3-0 against USF in the 2016-17 season, including a dominant 97-51 win at Gampel Pavilion on Feb. 8. The two programs met in the first round of the AAC Tournament in Hartford, Conn., with UConn advancing after a 77-66 win on March 9.

SCOUTING USF

This season, USF is 2-7 overall on the road and 1-4 in road conference games. In what is a rebuilding year under first-year coach Brian Gregory, the Bulls have been led by three graduate transfer students: guard Stephan Jiggetts (12.4 ppg, 3.3 apg), forward Payton Banks (12.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and former UConn guard (2013-15) Terrence Samuel (7.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

SUCCESS AT HOME

UConn is 67-17 (.798) in Gampel over the last 10 seasons, plus this year. As UConn’s head coach, Kevin Ollie is 34-12 (.739) in Storrs. Today’s game is the seventh of nine regular-season games in Gampel Pavilion in 2017-18. The Huskies are 5-1 in the building so far this season.

DYNAMIC DUO

Through AAC games of Feb. 5, the UConn duo of Adams and Vital are in a tight race for the top-scoring tandem in the American Athletic Conference. The Memphis duo of Jeremiah Martin and Kyvon Davenport combine to average 33.3 ppg, while the UConn duo of Jalen Adams and Christian Vital average 33.2 ppg. The Tulane duo of Melvin Frazier and Cam Reynolds rank third at 31.2.


 

 

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