STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team (14-11, 7-6 American) plays host to conference foe Tulane (14-11, 5-8 American) on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m. ET) at Gampel Pavilion. The game will be broadcasted by CBS Sports Network, and it can also be heard live on the UConn IMG Radio Network. Connecticut enters the contest with a 9-3 mark at home this season, and the Huskies have won three of their five games played at Gampel.
UConn freshman guard Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) tallied a career-high 25 points in a losing effort for the Huskies, who fell to Memphis, 75-72, on the road Thursday night. Hamilton had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out. The freshman also recorded his fifth double-double (25 points, 13 rebounds), along with sophomore center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana), who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Huskies connected on just five of 20 3-point attempts, while the Tigers knocked down eight shots from beyond the arc. Four Memphis players ended up in double-figures against UConn, which shot 40.6 percent from the floor on Thursday. The loss snapped Connecticut’s three-game winning streak over the Tigers and dropped the Huskies to sixth place in the American Athletic Conference.
The Green Wave, losers of six of their last seven games, have tallied four of their five conference victories on the road. Tulane’s only win during that stretch came against Cincinnati (Feb. 14) when sophomore Jonathan Stark connected on a 30-footer at the buzzer. Stark is one of three Tulane players to average double-figures on the year for a Green Wave team that has averaged 59.8 points in league play this season.
Tulane has shot just 43.7 percent from the floor on the year, good for the third-worst mark in the conference. The Green Wave sport a 32.6 shooting percentage from the 3-point line, and Tulane has failed to eclipse 55 points in each of its last seven games. Overall, the Green Wave are 5-3 on the road this season.
UConn downed Tulane, 62-53, in its first ever meeting with the Green Wave earlier this month (Feb. 7) behind 18 points and nine rebounds from senior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.). Redshirt sophomore guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) added 17 points, while Hamilton chipped in 11 points.
After Sunday, the Huskies will continue conference play on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET) on the road against East Carolina. UConn defeated ECU, 65-52, back on Feb. 4.
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