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Gameday: Gampel Pavilion
STORRS, Conn. – For the first time in nearly three weeks, the UConn men’s basketball team returns to Gampel Pavilion on Sunday afternoon when Memphis visits for the second game of their season series in American Athletic Conference play.
Just two home games remain for the Huskies (13-15, 6-9 American), with Senior Night planned for Wed., Feb. 28 against Temple at 7 p.m. Sunday’s matchup with the Tigers, beginning at 4 p.m., will be on ESPN and the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn hopes to have junior guard Jalen Adams back in the lineup, after the flu kept him out against No. 11 Cincinnati in a 77-52 loss on Thursday night. Sophomore guard Christial Vital had a team-high 15 points in the BB&T Arena.
Playing at home has been a comfortable situation for the Huskies this season, as they are 10-4 at Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center. UConn’s defense is holding opponents to just 66.2 points per game at home, while allowing 78.8 on the road.
The Huskies are tied for ninth place in the AAC with SMU, but with three games left could get as high as fifth-place in the standings. The American Tournament takes place from March 8-11 in the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
The all-time series leans in UConn’s favor, 7-5, but Memphis has won two of the last three meetings going back to the 2016-17 season.
Memphis has been on a hot streak, winning three straight, including road games at SMU and Tulane and a home game against nationally-ranked Houston. The Tigers are 4-5 in road games this year and are 1-3 all-time on the road against UConn. Memphis suffered a blow when top scorer Jeremiah Martin suffered a broken foot last game, but the Tigers still have a deep team, led by forward Kyvon Davenport (12.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Mike Parks (7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Jimario Rivers (7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Jamal Johnson (6.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
LAST TIME OUT
For the second time this season, UConn took on nationally-ranked and AAC leader Cincinnati and came out on the short end of a 77-52 score on Feb. 22 at the BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, Ky. Without top scorer Jalen Adams, who missed the game due to illness, UConn managed to hang with the Bearcats until a late first-half run put Cincinnati in control. Sophomore Christian Vital led the UConn scoring with 15 points, while redshirt junior Terry Larrier added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
GOOD TIMES AT GAMPEL
UConn is 68-17 (.800) in Gampel over the last 10 seasons, plus this year. As UConn’s head coach, Kevin Ollie is 35-12 (.745) at Gampel Pavilion. Tonight’s game is the eighth of nine regular-season games in Storrs in 2017-18. The Huskies are 6-1 in Gampel so far this season, losing only to No. 8 Cincinnati on Feb. 3.
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