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Huskies Back Home To Play No. 17 SMU

Feb. 23, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. No. 17 SMU

Date & Time

Saturday, Feb. 25 | 12 p.m.

Location & Venue

Hartford, Conn. - XL Center

TV/Radio

CBS | UConn/IMG Radio Network

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Game Notes

UConn-SMU

STORRS, Conn. – Touching down in Connecticut around 3:45 a.m. on Thursday morning after a trip to Houston, the UConn men’s basketball team will have little more than 48 hours to prepare for No. 17 SMU on Saturday.

The Huskies (14-13, 9-6 American), who had their four-game winning streak snapped by the Cougars, will tip-off against the Mustangs (24-4, 14-1 American) at noon in the XL Center. CBS will provide television coverage.

Sophomore guard Jalen Adams (18) and freshman Vance Jackson (16) combined for 34 of 70 points for UConn on Wednesday night, but a second-half rally by Houston led to a 75-70 defeat for the Huskies. Senior Kentan Facey added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Heading into Saturday’s matchup with SMU, the Huskies have won seven of nine games. UConn currently sits in fourth place in the American Athletic Conference, vying for a first-round bye in the AAC Tournament from March 9-12 in Hartford.

Four players are averaging double-figures in the last nine games, including a team-best 16 points per contest from senior guard Rodney Purvis. He is shooting 50-percent (29-58) from three-point range in that stretch.

Head coach Kevin Ollie’s team is 4-1 in the last five games, including four games decided by five points or less. The Huskies have a +9.6 scoring and +2.2 rebounding margin since Feb. 8 vs. USF.

SMU leads the all-time series with UConn, 7-2, and has won three of the past four meetings. UConn has won two of the past three matchups against the Mustangs at the XL Center, however.

SCOUTING SMU

The Mustangs are currently one game ahead of Cincinnati in the win column for first place in the AAC and come into Saturday on a 10-game winning streak. They haven’t lost since a 66-64 defeat at Cincinnati on Jan. 12.

Junior forward Semi Ojeleye continues to lead SMU in scoring (18.3 points/game) and three-point field goal percentage (41.5). SMU also has the top-ranked defense in the league, allowing just 58.9 points per game.

In the first meeting with UConn this season, the Mustangs ran away with a 69-49 win in Dallas. Sophomore guard Shake Milton scored 23 points against the Huskies.

SMU is ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25 and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, as of this past Monday’s updated rankings.

BY THE NUMBERS

41.7%: Rodney Purvis’ field goal percentage in conference games this season, compared to his 33.1-percent mark in non-conference action.

+84: Cumulative scoring margin for UConn against opponents in the second half this season. In the first half, the Huskies have a -26 scoring margin.

2: Home games remaining in the regular season for the Huskies – Saturday vs. SMU and the following Sunday, March 5 vs. Cincinnati in Storrs.


 

 

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