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Huskies Take On USF in Opening Round of AAC Tournament

March 8, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. --
The UConn men's basketball team, seeded sixth in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, will take on USF -- the 11-seed -- on Thursday night at approximately 8 p.m. (ET) in the XL Center.

The Huskies (14-16, 9-9 American) can be seen on ESPNews when they tip-off with the Bulls, which will be taking place following the 7-10 matchup of Tulsa and Tulane at 6 p.m. in Hartford. The complete bracket can be found HERE.

Following a Senior Day loss to No. 18 Cincinnati on Sunday in Gampel Pavilion, UConn looks to make a run this weekend in order to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies are reigning AAC Champions, winning the 2016 title in Orlando, Fla.

Sophomore guard Jalen Adams and freshman Vance Jackson earned American awards on Tuesday for their outstanding play this season, as Adams was named First Team All-Conference and Jackson was selected to the All-Rookie Team.

Adams is the team's leading scorer with 14.1 points per game, while ranking sixth in all of Division I with 6.3 assists per game. Jackson shot a league-best 48.4-percent from three-point range in conference games.

Since the beginning of the AAC Tournament in 2014, the Huskies have reached the finals in each season -- resulting in one title with a 72-58 win over Memphis last March. Daniel Hamilton, former UConn standout, was named AAC Championship Most Outstanding Performer.

The Huskies have beaten USF twice this season by an average of 33.5 points -- including a 46-point win at Gampel Pavilion on Feb. 8. UConn hit a program-record 16 three-pointers in the 97-51 victory.


The Bulls (7-22, 1-17 American) have lost five straight games entering Thursday night, including recent losses to UCF and Temple. USF has won just one game since interim head coach Murray Bartow took over on Jan. 3.

Geno Thorpe leads the team with 14.8 points per game, while Tulio Da Silva is averaging a team-high 6.8 rebounds.

USF ranks second-to-last in offense (64.8 points per game) and defense (74.4 points per game) in the American this season.


18-2: All-time record for UConn against South Florida. The Huskies have won the past eight meeting with the Bulls, dating back to 2013.

14.9: Scoring average for Rodney Purvis in the past two AAC Tournaments, which is a program-best for the Huskies.

+17.3: Average scoring margin for the Huskies in the opening round of the first three AAC Tournaments combined. The high was a 26-point win over USF in the first round of 2015.


Winner of No. 6 UConn and No. 11 USF will play No. 3 Houston (21-9, 12-6 American) in the AAC quarterfinals on Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. (ET) in the XL Center.