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Huskies Travel to Houston for Conference Battle

Feb. 21, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. Houston

Date & Time

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 9 p.m.

Location & Venue

Houston, Texas | Hofheinz Pavilion

TV/Radio

CBSSN | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats

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Game Notes

UConn-Houston

STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team continues to roll, now having won seven of its last eight games heading into Wednesday night’s battle with Houston for third place in the American Athletic Conference.

Tip-off with the Cougars is scheduled for 9 p.m. (ET) on the CBS Sports Network and can be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

The Huskies (14-12, 9-5 American) have made a habit lately of closing-out tight games, with each of their past three wins coming by three points or less – as part of a season-best four-game winning streak.

Most recently, it was the late-game theatrics of sophomore guard Jalen Adams that gave UConn an important 64-63 win at Temple on Sunday. It was Adams’ layup with 2.9 seconds left that extended the Huskies’ hot streak.

Adams was named AAC Player of the Week on Monday, as he averaged 16 points and 5.5 assists per game against Memphis and Temple. He scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half against the Tigers, sparking a comeback victory last Thursday.

In the last four games, three players are averaging double-figures: senior Rodney Purvis (17.3), Adams (16.0) and freshman Christian Vital (11.5). Purvis has scored at least 18 points in three games during the winning streak.

In the first meeting with Houston, the Huskies were playing without Adams due to injury. UConn lost, 62-46, as Vital scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown.

SCOUTING HOUSTON

The Cougars (18-8, 9-5 American) recently had a five-game winning streak snapped at the hands of first-place SMU on Saturday, 76-66. Prior to that game, Houston had won the previous five by an average of 16.6 points per contest.

Houston ranks second in the conference in scoring (75.0/game) and third in field goal percentage (45.9). Its 40.3-percent shooting rate from long distance is a league-best.

Rob Gray and Damyean Dotson fuel the Houston offense, combining for 37.8 points per game – a little more than half of the team’s total points per game.

The all-time series between UConn and Houston is tied, 4-4, with Wednesday’s matchup serving as the tiebreaker.

BY THE NUMBERS

54.8%: Rodney Purvis’ three-point shooting percentage in the last four games (17-31). In the 22 games prior, he was averaging just 30.8-percent from beyond the arc.

52.1%: UConn’s cumulative field goal percentage in the second half from the last three games. In the first half, they are shooting 38.8-percent. All three were decided by three points or less.

+9.7: UConn’s total scoring margin over the last eight games. In the first 18 games, it was -1.1.


 

 

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