MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The UConn men’s basketball team (14-10, 7-5 American) continues conference play on Thursday night (9 p.m. ET) on the road against Memphis (15-10, 7-5 American) at FedExForum. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN, and it can also be heard live on the UConn IMG Radio Network. The Huskies, who are 3-1 all-time against the Tigers, sport a mark of 3-5 on the road this season.
Connecticut fell to No. 25 SMU, 73-55, in Dallas on Saturday despite 32 combined points from guards Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) and Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.). Hamilton connected on a career-high seven free throws, while Boatright converted at least four 3-pointers for the seventh time this season. The senior captain’s 45.7 shooting percentage from the 3-point line currently leads all American Athletic players.
The Huskies shot under 40 percent (34.0) for the fifth time this year Saturday against the Mustangs, and UConn missed 11 of its final 13 3-point attempts. The Mustangs’ 73 points marked the highest total UConn has allowed in league play this year, and SMU became the sixth team to reach 70 points against Connecticut this year. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 2-4 on the road in conference play.
Memphis defeated USF, 75-48, to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday in Tampa. The Tigers have won three of their last four league games, and they boast an overall record of 11-4 at home this season. Sophomore forward Austin Nichols is the only player to average double-figures (13.3) on the year for a Memphis team that ranks second in the conference in scoring (67.3) and 3-point defense (.297) and first in blocked shots per game (6.7).
Three Memphis players average at least eight points per game, including forward Shaq Goodwin, who ranks first on the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. The Tigers have shot 44.3 percent from the floor overall this season, and their 66.0 points per contest in league play also ranks second among American Athletic schools. Tulane (Jan. 3) and Temple (Feb. 7) have been the only two conference schools to beat Memphis at FedExForum this year.
A win on Thursday would give the Huskies their fourth straight victory over Memphis in a series that dates back to 2007. Two of UConn’s three wins against the Tigers last season were by double-digits, including Connecticut’s 72-53 victory over Memphis in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Tournament.
After Thursday, the Huskies will resume conference action with a home game against Tulane on Sunday (4 p.m. ET) at Gampel Pavilion. UConn downed the Green Wave, 62-53, earlier this month on Feb. 7.