No. 24 UConn Hosts Memphis In A Top-25 Battle On Saturday

    DeAndre Daniels scored a game-high 23 points at Memphis on Jan. 16

    DeAndre Daniels scored a game-high 23 points at Memphis on Jan. 16

    Feb. 14, 2014

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    STORRS, Conn. - The No. 24 University of Connecticut men's basketball team is set to host No. 20 Memphis at the XL Center in a Top-25 showdown scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN and can be heard live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.

    The Last Meeting
    January 16, 2014
    FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
    UConn Takes Down No. 17 Memphis, 83-73
    University of Connecticut junior forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) added 17 points as UConn pulled away from No. 17 Memphis for an 83-73 victory Thursday night in front of a crowd of 18,039 at FedExForum. The Huskies improved to 14-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play with the win.

    The Huskies (19-5) picked up their fifth victory in the last six contests when they downed USF, 83-40, at the XL Center on Wednesday night. The Connecticut defense was stellar, holding the Bulls to just a 24.0 shooting percentage from the field and allowing 12 total field goals. Eight Huskies reached at least seven points, headlined by Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) who notched seven points to move into 10th place on UConn's all-time scoring list with 1,654 total points.

    Junior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.), who has scored 999 career points, is poised to become the 48th member of UConn's 1000-point club. In 2013-14, Boatright has seen action in 23 games, averaging 30.7 minutes, 12 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

    UConn took home a convincing 83-73 victory over Memphis on Jan. 16 at FedExForum, led by a double-double performance from junior forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) who boasted 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and added 11 rebounds in the win. The Huskies trailed at halftime, 40-39, but shot 60.7 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to seal the victory. The all-time series, which dates back to 2007-08, now stands at 1-1.



    The Tigers have won seven of their last eight games and have averaged 80.1 points per game since their loss to Connecticut in mid-January. Senior Joe Jackson leads the team in scoring (14.6) while sophomore Shaq Goodwin is Memphis' top rebounder, pulling in 6.7 boards per game. The Tigers have fared well on the road this season, compiling a 4-2 record under 5th-year head coach Josh Pastner.

    The Huskies and Tigers are two of five AP Top-25 ranked teams in the American Athletic Conference, joined by No. 10 Cincinnati, No. 13 Louisville, 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.