Huskies Head South for Round Two Against UCF

Feb. 10, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. UCF

Date & Time

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 6 p.m.

Location & Venue

CFE Arena - Orlando, Fla.

TV/Radio

CBSSN | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats

Game Tracker

Game Notes

UConn-UCF

STORRS, Conn. – Following a record-setting performance against USF on Wednesday night, the UConn men’s basketball team continues American Athletic Conference play on Saturday against UCF in Orlando, Fla.

The Huskies (11-12, 6-5 American) tip-off with the Knights at 6 p.m. (ET) in the CFE Arena and the action will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. It can be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Behind the shooting display of Rodney Purvis, Jalen Adams and Christian Vital, UConn achieved a new single-game program record of 16 three-pointers, on its way to a 97-51 thumping of USF in Gampel Pavilion.

Purvis scored a game-high 23 points, while Adams posted his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists. Vital added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long range.

Besides the three-point record, UConn also set three personal conference records since joining the American: most points (97), widest margin of victory (46) and most assists (28). It was the Huskies’ largest victory of the season.

Based on conference winning percentage, the Huskies are currently tied for fifth place in the American. With seven games remaining, head coach Kevin Ollie’s team is on the fringe of a first-round bye in the conference tournament – which takes place from March 9-12 in the XL Center.

In the first meeting this season, UConn dominated UCF with a 64-49 victory on Jan. 8 in Hartford. The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Knights, 9-1.

SCOUTING UCF

The Knights (15-9, 6-6 American), under first-year head coach Johnny Dawkins, enter Saturday’s matchup having lost five of their last six conference games. Recently, they lost to Cincinnati, 60-50, on Wednesday at the Fifth Third Arena.

B.J. Taylor continues to lead the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Tacko Fall, UCF’s 7’6’’ center, is averaging 12.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. UConn shut down Fall in the first game, keeping him scoreless.

UCF is one of the best defensive teams in the conference, ranking second in scoring defense (61.0/game), first in opposing field goal percentage (35.5%), and first in three-point defense (29.9%).

BY THE NUMBERS

8: Different players scored for UConn against USF, just the fifth time that has happened in a game this season. The Huskies are 3-2 when eight players score.

5: Huskies scoring at least 9.7 points per conference game. Purvis (13.9), Adams (12.1), Kentan Facey (10.5), Amida Brimah (9.9) and Vital (9.7) round-out the majority of UConn’s scoring.

55.8%: Purvis’ shooting percentage in the last four games (3-1), well above his season percentage of 37.3. He is averaging 17.8 points in that stretch.