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ORLANDO, Fla. – After finishing regular season action with a 21-10 record, the UConn men’s basketball team begins postseason play on Friday, March 11 when it challenges Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference quarterfinal tilt at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Tip-off between the fifth-seeded Huskies and fourth-seeded Bearcats is scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn closed out the regular season on March 6 with a convincing 67-46 victory over UCF at Gampel Pavilion behind a 12-point effort from sophomore standout Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.), who earned a spot on the league’s All-Conference Second Team.
UConn enters the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship after compiling a 41-28 all-time mark in 33 years of conference tournament competition in the Big East Conference and two years in the American Athletic Conference. UConn won the Big East Tournament Championship a record (with Georgetown) seven times --- 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2011. The Huskies have been tourney runner-ups five times --- in 1995, 2000 and 2003 in the Big East and in both 2014 and 2015 in the American.
The Huskies are 2-0 in American Athletic Conference quarterfinal matchups and 15-14 in 29 conference tournament appearances.
UConn is 12-8 all-time against Cincinnati in a series that dates back to the 1994-95 season. The Bearcats swept the regular season series in 2015-16, including a 65-50 win at Fifth Third Arena in the last meeting on Feb. 20.
Cincinnati (22-9, 12-6) is coming off a 61-54 win over SMU Sunday. Guard Troy Caupain leads the Bearcats in scoring (12.4) and assists (4.8) while forward Gary Clark is tops in rebounding (8.9).
The winner of Friday’s game will advance to The American semifinals to take on the winner of top-seeded Temple and USF/East Carolina.