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Rematch with Tulsa at XL Center on Thursday Night

Huskies get rematch with Tulsa.
Huskies get rematch with Tulsa.
Feb. 14, 2018


TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN
Radio: UConn/IMG Radio Network / WTIC 1080 AM
Audio Stream: TuneIn.com
Twitter: @UConnMBB
Live Stats:  Tulsa
Gameday: XL Center

STORRS, Conn. –
Just three home games remain for the UConn men’s basketball team, as it prepares to host Tulsa in American Athletic Conference play on Thursday night at the XL Center. It will be Throwback Night for fans, with UConn Fanny Packs distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Tip-off between the Huskies (12-13, 5-7 American) and Golden Hurricane (14-10, 7-5 American) is at 7 p.m. ESPNU and the UConn/IMG Radio Network will provide coverage of the game, as UConn looks to get back in the win column.

Coming off a 95-74 loss to No. 22 Wichita State on Saturday at Koch Arena, the Huskies are currently tied for seventh place in the conference with SMU and Memphis. UConn is just two games back of fourth place in the league entering Thursday.

Six regular-season games remain, including home matchups against Tulsa, Memphis (Feb. 25) and Temple (Feb. 28). The Huskies are 10-3 at home this season, compared to just 2-10 in road or neutral games.

Junior guard Jalen Adams and sophomore guard Christian Vital each scored a game-high 22 points in the loss to Wichita State, UConn’s second loss of the season to the Shockers – the AAC newcomer.

Tulsa visits for the final game at the XL Center this season – a venue where UConn is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The all-time series between the programs is tied, 4-4, with Thursday serving as the tiebreaker.

LAST MEETING

The Huskies lost a 90-88 double-overtime game to Tulsa back on Jan. 3 at the Reynolds Center in the first meeting of the season. Adams recorded a near triple-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, but Tulsa shot 41.5-percent (17-of-41) from long range to hold-off UConn at home.

SCOUTING TULSA

Tulsa has posted a 4-5 record since its last game against UConn, but has won three straight. The Golden Hurricane is 3-6 on the road this season and 2-4 in conference road games. Senior forward Junior Etou is Tulsa’s leader in scoring (15.5) and rebounding (8.0), but in just conference games, senior guard Corey Henderson is the team’s top scorer (13.1) as well as Tulsa’s main three-point threat (40.4 percent). Tulsa sits in fourth place in the AAC standings.

1-2 PUNCH

Through AAC games of Feb. 13, the UConn duo of junior Jalen Adams and sophomore Christian Vital are the top-scoring tandem in the league with a combined average of 33.9 ppg. The Memphis duo of Jeremiah Martin and Kyvon Davenport ranks second at 32.8, while UConn’s Adams and redshirt junior Terry Larrier are fourth at 30.6, just behind the SMU duo of Shake Milton and Jahmal McMurray, third at 31.5.


 

 

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