Live Stats | UConn Game Notes
STORRS --- Armed with a 2-0 record and a national ranking, the No. 19 UConn men’s basketball team begins play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament with a mainland game against Furman on Saturday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.
The game is set for a noon tipoff, will be televised by SNY and can be heard on the IMG/WTIC UConn Radio Network.
After playing Furman, the Huskies will complete play in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 25-27 at the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. UConn’s first game in the Bahamas will be on Wednesday, Nov. 25, against Michigan, with tipoff at 9:30 p.m. It marks the 11th consecutive season that UConn has participated in a November tournament and the Huskies have captured five championships in that span.
The Huskies have won their first two games of the season, against Maine and New Hampshire, by an average margin of 31.5 points per game and they have won from the inside and the outside. Against Maine, UConn slammed home 11 dunks, while against New Hampshire, the Huskies tossed in 13 three-point shots. UConn is averaging 92.5 points per game and is allowing just 61.0. The Huskies are shooting a sizzling 53.7 percent as a team, outrebounded their first two opponents by 11.0 rebounds per game, and have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2-to-1.
UConn boasts five double-figure scorers, led by grad student Sterling Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.) at 20.5. Junior Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) is averaging 15.0 ppg, while junior Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) is at 12.0, and sophomore Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) and grad student Shonn Miller (Euclid Ohio) are each at 10.0.
Hamilton is the top rebounder (10.0) and also leads in assists (7.5), while Brimah has blocked 6.0 shots per game.
UConn Coach Kevin Ollie will be going after his 75th coaching victory, which would make him the second-fastest coach in UConn history to reach that plateau, behind only the legendary Hugh Greer. Ollie’s .692 winning percentage is among the top four of UConn’s 18 head basketball coaches.
Furman is expecting to be a team on the rise this season and are off to a 2-0 start heading into Thursday’s game at Charlotte. The Paladins struggled through an 8-21 regular season last year, then put it all together for the Southern Conference Tournament, defeating three opponents before bowing to Wofford in the championship game, 67-64.
The Paladins, 2-0 heading into Thursday night’s game at Charlotte, return their top eight players from last season, including top scorer Stephen Croone, who is just recovering from thumb surgery, and standout freshman forward Pat Rafferty, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding.
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