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Huskies Celebrate Senior Day as Cincinnati Comes to Town

March 3, 2017

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UConn vs. No. 18 Cincinnati

Date & Time

March 5 | 12 p.m.

Location & Venue

Storrs, Conn. - Gampel Pavilion

TV/Radio

CBS | UConn/IMG Radio Network

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STORRS, Conn. – Sunday’s regular-season finale will be special for UConn men’s basketball, as it celebrates Senior Day and the careers of Rodney Purvis, Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey, before taking on No. 18 Cincinnati at Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies (14-15, 9-8 American) tip-off with the Bearcats at 12 p.m. on CBS, as they look to gain momentum heading into next week’s American Athletic Conference Tournament in Hartford from March 9-12.

Over the past four seasons, UConn has gone 91-49 (.650) with this senior trio on the roster – which includes an NCAA title in 2013-14. Since then, the Huskies have also won the 2016 AAC Championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Purvis, who sat his first season with the Huskies due to transfer rules, has scored 1,227 points in his UConn career – the 49th player to net 1,000 points in UConn history. In the last three seasons, he has ranked in the top two in scoring for the Huskies.

Brimah is likely to end his career with the highest field goal percentage of any Husky, currently with a mark of 64.2-percent. His 359 blocks rank third on UConn’s all-time list, as the 7’0’’ center will be appearing in his 130th game for UConn on Sunday.

The 2016-17 season has been a breakout one for Facey, who is averaging a career-best 9.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. His six double-doubles are a team-high this season, now putting him at eight for his career, as he prepares to play in his 119th game for UConn.

UConn trails in the all-time series with Cincinnati, 13-9, including an 82-68 loss to the Bearcats back on Feb. 4.

SCOUTING CINCINNATI

The Bearcats (26-4, 15-2 American) currently sit in second place in the American, behind only No. 14 SMU. Cincinnati has won four of five games, most recently beating third-place Houston – 65-47 – on Thursday.

Three players are averaging double-figures, led by Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington with 13.6 points per game. Cincinnati ranks first in the conference in scoring margin (+14.3), blocked shots (5.5), assists (16.8) and steals (7.7) per game.

In the first meeting this season, Washington led all scorers with 27 points and Gary Clark had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

BY THE NUMBERS

8-5: Record at home this season for UConn, including a 4-2 mark in Gampel Pavilion. UConn hasn’t lost in Storrs since the Northeastern game on Nov. 14.

44.3%: Percentage of scoring that Purvis, Facey and Brimah have achieved towards UConn’s 67.3 points per game this season. Purvis leads the trio with 13.2 points per contest.

4-1: UConn’s record on Senior Day dating back to the 2011-12 season, the final year under former head coach Jim Calhoun.


 

 

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