Feb. 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 24 University of Connecticut men's basketball team returns to the XL Center for the first time in over three weeks when it hosts South Florida in the first of two meetings this season on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and will be broadcasted live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
UConn (18-5) won for the fourth time in five games when it defeated conference rival UCF, 75-55, in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday. Graduate student Lasan Kromah (Greenbelt, Md.) played 35 minutes, tallying 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added seven rebounds in the victory. Five Huskies reached double-figure points and UConn enjoyed a 42-to-31 advantage on the boards, marking the 12th time this season the Huskies have won the rebounding battle.
The Huskies are one of five AP Top-25 ranked teams in the American Athletic Conference, joined by No. 10 Cincinnati, No. 13 Louisville, No. 20 Memphis, and No. 23 SMU. The 10-team American Athletic Conference is tied with the 12-team Big Ten for the most ranked teams from any one conference. The American has had multiple teams ranked in every AP poll this season and has had at least three top-25 teams in all but one poll.
The Huskies and Bulls have played 12 games in series history with the first matchup coming in the 1972-73 season. UConn holds a 10-2 all-time edge, and owns a 5-0 home record against USF. The Huskies have won four of the last five contests but most recently dropped a 65-51 decision to the Bulls on March 6, 2013.
The Bulls enter the game with a 12-12 record, including a 3-8 record in The American. Senior forward Victor Rudd has been USF's most dominant offensive threat, leading the team in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (6.8) per game. USF boasts 10 players who average at least 12 minutes per game but have struggled to put points on the board, averaging just 63.4 ppg and shooting .254 from three-point range.
UConn is 4-1 at its off-campus home facility this season and sports a 237-86 (.734) overall record in 38 seasons at the XL Center.