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NASSAU, Bahamas – After opening the 2015-16 season with three-straight home wins, the No. 18 UConn men’s basketball team will play its first game away from Harry A. Gampel Pavilion when it travels to Nassau, Bahamas to continue competition at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament against Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 9:30 p.m. The game will be televised by AXS TV and heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (3-0-0) cruised to a 25-point win over Furman on Saturday afternoon, led by a game-high 18 points from graduate student Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio). The Huskies stormed out to a 39-19 halftime lead and held the Paladins to just 34.5 percent shooting from the field over the 40-minute contest on their way to a third-straight double-digit victory. 36 of the team’s 83 points came in the paint and 11 different Connecticut players recorded at least two points.
Wednesday’s battle will be the fourth time the two programs have met on the court and first since 2010. The Wolverines hold a 2-1 edge in the series that dates back to 1939, including a 68-63 win at Crisler Stadium on Jan. 17, 2010.
With 20 assists and 5 turnovers against Furman, UConn has improved its assist-to-turnover ratio for the season to an impressive 2.42-to-1. Last season, the same statistic for the Huskies was 1.03-to-1.
Connecticut moved up one spot in Monday’s Associated Press Top-25 poll, checking in at No. 18 with 432 points.
The Wolverines enter with a 2-1 overall record and return nine of their top 10 scorers from a season ago. Leading the team is senior Caris LeVert (19.3 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists), while junior Derrick Walton (10.7 ppg), sophomore Aubrey Dawkins (9.0) and junior Zak Irvin (3.5 ppg) complete the Wolverines’ four-man perimeter alignment.
UConn’s win over Furman on November 21 was the 75th career career coaching victory for fourth year head coach Kevin Ollie, making him the second-fastest coach in UConn history to reach 75 wins. Legendary coach Hugh Greer (1946- 63) won 75 games in only 97 games coached. Saturday’s game was the 108th UConn game with Ollie at the helm. He ranks sixth on the all-time UConn coaching wins list.
The winner of the game will move on to face the Syracuse/Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, while the loser will play at 9:30 p.m.