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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off an 84-80 win at ECU on Sunday, the UConn men’s basketball team prepares for a tough road test on Thursday night when it takes on No. 11 Cincinnati at the BB&T Arena at 7 p.m.
The Huskies (13-14, 6-8 American) will play their seventh game of the season against a nationally ranked opponent, looking for their first win in such a contest. ESPN and the UConn/IMG Radio Network will provide coverage on Thursday.
Junior guard Jalen Adams scored a game-high 26 points on Sunday, boasting an impressive 10-of-18 shooting effort, to help the Huskies pick up their second road victory in American Athletic Conference action.
As a team against the Pirates, UConn shot a season-high 58.2-percent from the floor and hit 13 three-pointer’s – led by four from Adams. Redshirt junior Terry Larrier added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and sophomore Christian Vital chipped in with 16.
Back on Feb. 3, the Bearcats defeated the Huskies in Gampel Pavilion, 65-57, despite a 20-point, four-assist effort from Adams. At the time, Cincinnati was ranked No. 8 in the country. UConn leads the all-time series, 13-12, but has lost the most recent four meetings with the Bearcats.
Nationally-ranked Cincinnati has put together an outstanding regular season which has included a 16-game winning streak, a national ranking as high as No. 5, and a place at the top of the American Athletic Conference standings. The Bearcats have a 13-1 home record this season in their temporary home at the BB&T Arena. Cincinnati uses a veteran lineup that has started every conference game, led by junior Jacob Evans (13.7 ppg, 3.3 apg), senior Gary Clark (12.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and senior Kyle Washington (11.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
UConn has drawn a total of 22 charges in 27 games this season. The Huskies are led in charges drawn by grad student Antwoine Anderson, who has drawn 11. Redshirt freshman Mamadou Diarra has drawn four and Christian Vital has drawn three.
In four seasons, plus this season, in the American Athletic Confernce, UConn has compiled a 48-38 record (.558) in regular-season league play, 30-14 at home and 18-24 on the road. UConn is 6-8 in conference play so far this season. In 34 seasons in the Big East Conference, the Huskies compiled a 325-233 record (.582) in regular-season play.
NBA ALL-STAR GAME
UConn alums Andre Drummond and Kemba Walker participated in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Drummond scored 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting in 18 minutes of play, while Walker netted 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 14 minutes. It was the second career nod to the All-Star Game for both players.
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