Huskies Host Memphis in Conference Showdown on Thursday

Feb. 14, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. Memphis

Date & Time

Thursday, Feb. 16 | 9 p.m.

Venue & Location

XL Center - Hartford, Conn.

TV/Radio

ESPN2 | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats

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Game Notes

UConn-Memphis

STORRS, Conn. - Winners of five of its last six games, the UConn men's basketball team - now in fifth place in the American Athletic Conference - hosts fourth-place Memphis on Thursday night at the XL Center in Hartford.

The Huskies (12-12, 7-5 American) tip-off with the Tigers at 9 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2, as they continue to fight for a first-round bye in the AAC Tournament - which takes place in Hartford from March 9-12.

Since losing to Memphis back on Jan. 5 in the FedExForum, UConn has gone on a successful run of 7-3 in its last 10 games. In that stretch, the Huskies are 5-0 in home games (2-0 in the XL Center).

In a 66-63 win at UCF on Saturday, senior Rodney Purvis scored a team-high 18 points while senior Amida Brimah grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jalen Adams added 14 points and seven assists in the victory.

Purvis has led the Huskies as of late, scoring 20.5 points in the past two games - wins over USF and UCF - and shooting 73.3-percent (11-15) from downtown. He is averaging a career-best 13.4 points per game this season.

In the last four games, UConn has been tearing it up from long range, shooting 52.8-percent (38-72) as a team. The Huskies rank fourth in three-point shooting in the AAC with a 35.9-percent rate.

UConn is 6-4 all-time against Memphis and has won three of the past four meetings, dating back to January of 2016.

SCOUTING MEMPHIS

The Tigers (18-8, 8-5 American) enter Thursday's game having lost two of their past three contests. Most recently, they lost to Temple at home, 74-62.

Memphis, currently in fourth place in the AAC, is led by Dedric Lawson - who averages a double-double of 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. In the conference, he ranks second in points and first in rebounds.

In overall offense, the Tigers rank third in the conference with 75.1 points per game this season. They are also third in assists (16.3/game) and second in steals (7.4/game).

Since beating UConn on Jan. 5, 70-61, the Tigers have gone 7-4 in their last 11 games. Markel Crawford scored a game-high 19 points in the first meeting.

BY THE NUMBERS

+50%: Three-point shooting percentage of Rodney Purvis and freshman Christian Vital in the past six games. Purvis is shooting a team-high 56.8-percent (21-37), while Vital is at 53.1-percent (17-32).

7-0: UConn record this season when four or more players score in double-figures.

+12.2: Scoring margin for the Huskies in the last six games (5-1). Margin for the entire conference schedule this season is +4.6.