Feb. 25, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team looks to get back in the win column when it travels to Tampa to take on USF in an American Athletic Conference game set for Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen on call, and will be broadcasted live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (21-6) fell, 64-55, to SMU on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion despite 12 second half points from senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) and 11 points off the bench from senior forward Niels Giffey (Berlin, Germany). UConn struggled on the offensive end early in the second half, going without a field goal for eight minutes and shooting just 25.0 percent for the final 20 minutes.
Earlier in the week, Napier was named to the conference honor roll for the eighth time this season. The senior has also been named the conference Player of the Week on four different occasions. Napier, who has 597 career assists, is set to become the fourth Husky in program history to reach the 600-assist plateau, joining current UConn head coach Kevin Ollie (1992-95), Tate George (1987-90) and Taliek Brown (2001-04).
The Huskies cruised to an 83-40 victory over the Bulls on Feb. 12 at the XL Center, holding the Bulls to just 12 total field goals and boasting eight players with at least seven points. Since their loss to the Huskies, the Bulls have dropped two straight, falling to UCF and Louisville.
Overall, USF is 12-15 in 2013-14 but owns just a 3-11 record in The American. Senior forward Victor Rudd leads the team in scoring (15.3) and rebounding (6.8), while junior guard Corey Allen is tops on the team with 3.0 assists per game. In conference games, the Bulls are averaging 61.8 ppg and allowing opponents to score 74.6 ppg.
Wednesday's matchup will mark the 14th all-time meeting between the two programs, with Connecticut holding an 11-2 edge. The Huskies have won four of the last five matchups against USF and sport a 5-2 overall record in Tampa.
Ollie, who became the first coach in UConn history to record back-to-back 20-win seasons in his first two years at the helm of the Huskies, owns a .719 winning percentage (41 wins in 55 games) which trails only Jim Calhoun (.720) for best winning percentage of any UConn coach with more than 20 games coached.