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DES MOINES, Iowa – After advancing past ninth-seeded Colorado, 74-67, on Thursday, the No. 9 seed UConn men’s basketball team readies for an NCAA Second Round tilt vs. No. 1 seed Kansas on Saturday, March 19 at Wells Fargo Arena. The game, which will be broadcasted on CBS, will tipoff following the Indiana/Kentucky game, which begins at 5:15 p.m. ET.
UConn (25-10) used a 47-point second half to knock off Colorado in NCAA First Round action on March 17, led by a team-high 19 points from redshirt-junior guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.). The Huskies shot 46.4 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes and connected on 22-of-23 free throw attempts in the victory.
With Thursday’s win, Connecticut improved to 7-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament action under fourth-year head coach Kevin Ollie and owns an 18-2 record in first round tilts since the 1990 campaign.
UConn is 0-2 all-time against the Jayhawks in a series dating back to the 1994-95 season. The last meeting between the two programs came on Jan. 19, 1997 when Kansas captured a 73-65 win at the Hartford Civic Center.
Kansas (31-4), the top-ranked team in the nation and the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, has won 15 straight, not losing since Jan. 25. The Jayhawks are led in scoring by forward Perry Ellis (16.8), in rebounding by forward Landen Lucas (6.3) and in assists by guard Frank Mason (4.7).
The Huskies will be in search of their fourth-ever NCAA Tournament win over a No. 1 seed. The team is 3-5 all-time vs. No. 1 seeds, including wins in each of its last two tries (Duke (2004), Florida (2014)).
Conn has an impressive 39-8 (.830) record in its last 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, dating back to its 6-0 run to the National Championship in 1999.
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