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MBB Prepares for First-Ever Trip to Koch Arena

Third all-time meeting between UConn and Wichita State.
Third all-time meeting between UConn and Wichita State.
Feb. 9, 2018


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STORRS, Conn. –
After snapping a three-game losing streak with a 68-65 win over USF on Wednesday night at home, the UConn men’s basketball team gets another crack at a top-25 opponent when it visits No. 22 Wichita State on Saturday evening.

Tip-off between the Huskies (12-12, 5-6 American) and Shockers (18-5, 8-3 American) will be at 6 p.m. ET in what will be UConn’s first-ever trip to Koch Arena. Game coverage will be available on ESPN2 and the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Junior guard Jalen Adams scored 19 points and dished out six assists in the most recent win over the Bulls, which helped the Huskies improve to 6-1 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn shot a season-best 54.3-percent from the field as a team.

Currently sitting in a tie for seventh-place in the American, the Huskies look for their first win over a ranked opponent this season (0-5). Earlier this season, the Shockers handed UConn its first loss at home with a 72-62 defeat at the XL Center on Dec. 30. At the time, Wichita State was ranked No. 8 in the nation.

The bulk of UConn’s scoring continues to come from Adams, who averages a team-high 17.7 points per game, as well as redshirt junior Terry Larrier (14.3) and sophomore guard Christian Vital (14.3). Vital is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing 5.0 boards per contest.

It is the third all-time meeting between UConn and Wichita State, with each side winning one of the first two games. The Huskies beat the Shockers in the first matchup back in the 2010 Maui Invitational.

SCOUTING WICHITA STATE

The No. 22 Shockers have posted a solid 18-5 overall record and an 8-3 AAC mark, behind only undefeated Cincinnati in the league standings. Wichita has a 10-2 record at home this season and its rotation goes nine deep, led by sophomore guard Landry Shamet (14.7 ppg, 5.3 apg, .446 3-pt. fg pct.), senior center Shaquille Morris (13.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .548 fg pct.) and senior forward Rashard Kelly (5.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg). The Shockers average 83.3 ppg and allow 69.4.

CONFERENCE HISTORY

In four seasons, plus this season, in the American Athletic Conference, UConn has compiled a 47-36 record (.566) in regular-season league play, 30-13 at home and 17-23 on the road. UConn is 5-6 in conference play so far this season. In 34 seasons in the Big East Conference, the Huskies compiled a 325-233 record (.582) in regular-season play.

HUSKIES IN THE ALL-STAR GAME

It was announced on Thursday that Kemba Walker would replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron in this season’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Calif., the second-straight selection for Walker. He joins former UConn center Andre Drummond, now a star for the Detroit Pistons, at the Staples Center on Feb. 18.

UConn has multiple former players in the All-Star Game for the first time since 2008, when Ray Allen, Caron Butler and Richard Hamilton all earned nods to the game.


 

 

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