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STORRS, Conn. - With one game remaining in the regular season, the UConn men's basketball team prepares for its eighth game against a ranked opponent when it travels to play No. 25 Houston on Sunday afternoon at the H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern University.
The Huskies (14-16, 7-10 American) are coming off a 72-66 win over Temple on Senior Night on Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion and look to head into the American Athletic Conference Tournament with a win. Tip-off against the Cougars is on the CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m.
Junior guard Jalen Adams posted 25 points and eight assists in the win over the Owls, while redshirt junior Terry Larrier - one of five graduating players honored pregame - added 13 points. Sophomore guard Christian Vital had a career-high 12 rebounds.
UConn is in eighth place in the AAC standings, one game above SMU and one game back of UCF. If things hold up this weekend, the Huskies will play the Mustangs in the first round of the conference tournament on Thursday.
Adams leads the Huskies in scoring, averaging 18.4 points per game overall and in conference action. In the last five games, he is accounting for 21 points and 7.5 assists per contest, with Vital chipping in 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds.
It is the first meeting of the season between UConn and Houston, as the addition of Wichita State to the conference made it possible to only play certain teams once in a season, rather than twice. The all-time series is tied, 5-5.
Much was expected of Houston after last year's 21-win season and the Cougars (23-6, 13-4 American) have delivered with 23 victories this year and a national ranking. Houston has been especially tough at home, even though it is Houston's temporary home at the H&PE Arena, with a perfect 14-0 record heading into Sunday's regular-season finale against UConn. They have already defeated AAC leaders Cincinnati and Wichita State once each.
Leading Houston's potent offense (77.9 ppg) are senior guard Rob Gray (17.7 ppg, 4.7 apg) and junior Corey Davis (13.3 ppg, .438 threepoint fg pct.). Houston ranks in the top three in virtually every AAC offensive category.
The Huskies bowed to the Cougars in both regular-season matchups during the 2016-17 season, but exacted revenge with a 74-65 win over Houston in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament at the XL Center in Hartford. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.
ROAD THAT LIES AHEAD...
The AAC Tournament runs from March 8-11 this season at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., with the top four teams receiving first-round byes. The last time the tournament was held in Orlando was the 2015-16 season, which the Huskies won due in large part to Adams' three-quarter court buzzer-beater against Cincinnati to send the game to a fourth overtime in the opening game.
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