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Final Road Contest on Wednesday Against ECU

Feb. 27, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. ECU

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 1 | 7 p.m.

Location & Venue

Greenville, N.C. - Minges Coliseum


ESPNU | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats

Sidearm Stats



STORRS, Conn. – Entering the final week of the regular season, the UConn men’s basketball team is closing in on a first-round bye in the American Athletic Conference Tournament – but work still needs to be done.

The Huskies (14-14, 9-7 American) will face ECU on Wednesday night in Greenville, N.C. at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU. Tip-off in the Minges Coliseum can also be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

Coming off a pair of losses to Houston and SMU, UConn still remains in good shape to secure a top-five spot - which equates to a first-round bye - for the conference tournament. The Huskies have won seven of their last 10 games.

Four players scored in double-figures on Saturday, as a shorthanded UConn team closed the Mustangs’ 16-point lead to five in the second half, before losing 69-61 at the XL Center. Senior forward Kentan Facey led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Freshman Vance Jackson averaged a team-high 15 points against Houston and SMU. While Facey averaged a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. UConn had won seven of eight before dropping the last two.

Over the next week, the Huskies will be competing for a good position in the conference tournament, as UCF, Memphis and Tulsa all have opportunities to clinch byes as well. The AAC Tournament is at the XL Center in Hartford from March 9-12.

UConn is 7-1 all-time against ECU, including a 72-65 victory over the Pirates in Hartford on Jan. 22. Sophomore guard Jalen Adams had a team-high 19 points in the win.


The Pirates (13-16, 5-11 American) have lost three of five games heading into Wednesday’s matchup, including a 74-66 loss to Tulsa on Sunday. ECU sits in ninth place in the AAC.

Kentrell Barkley leads the team in points (12.4) and rebounds (7.5) per game this season. He scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first meeting with the Huskies in January.  

ECU ranks last in the American in scoring offense, averaging just 62.6 points per game, while shooting a league-worst 39.8-percent from the field. The Pirates have a young roster, with nine of 15 players classified as freshmen or sophomores.


28: Combined points from freshmen Vance Jackson and Christian Vital on Saturday against SMU. Both scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

39.3: Field goal percentage for the Huskies in the past two games combined. In the previous eight games (7-1), they shot 47.4-percent from the field.

1971: Year that UConn last lost to ECU. The Pirates won 74-64 on Dec. 30, 1971, when Dee Rowe was head coach of the Huskies.