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Home Matchup with Columbia on Wednesday

Huskies are 3-0 at home this season (PC: Steve Slade).
Nov. 28, 2017


TV: SNY
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Tickets: UConn-Columbia
Gameday: Gampel Pavilion

STORRS, Conn. –
Following a six-day trip to Portland, Ore. for the PK80 Invitational, the UConn men’s basketball team returns to campus for a home game against Columbia on Wednesday night at Gampel Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

When the Huskies (4-2) meet the Lions (1-4), they will look to snap a two-game skid after losses to No. 4 Michigan State and Arkansas. SNY will broadcast the game, while the UConn/IMG Radio Network (WTIC 1080 AM) will have the call.

Four games remain for UConn before an 11-day break for final exams – including three home contests against Columbia, Monmouth (Dec. 2) and Coppin State (Dec. 9). A neutral site game against rival Syracuse at Madison Square Garden is on the horizon, slated for Dec. 5 in the Jimmy V Classic.

Head coach Kevin Ollie’s team first prepares for its Ivy League foe this week, coming off a 35-point loss to Arkansas on Sunday. Junior guard Jalen Adams, who averaged 21 points per game in the PK80, looks to help UConn bounce back.

Redshirt junior Terry Larrier had a good stay on the West Coast, as the forward scored 18 points in each game of the tournament. Adams and Larrier accounted for 60-percent of UConn’s total points in Portland.

The Huskies produced a 71-63 win over hometown Oregon in the first round of the PK80 on Thanksgiving night, as redshirt freshman Alterique Gilbert recorded 16 points in the win – putting UConn on the winner’s side of the Victory Bracket.

UConn enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-0 record at home and it leads the all-time series with Columbia, 8-2. The Lions’ last victory against the Huskies came in 1976 (series began in 1953).

SCOUTING COLUMBIA

The Lions are riding a three-game losing streak heading into Wednesday’s matchup with UConn. Most recently, Columbia lost to Colgate on the road – 77-71 – a team that the Huskies beat in the season-opener, 70-58. Sophomore guard Mike Smith leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. Four Lions are averaging double-figures.

SHOOTING DIFFERENCES

In UConn’s four wins this season, the team is shooting 43-percent from the floor. In the two losses, the Huskies are averaging just a 36.4-percent clip from the field. Among players who have attempted at least 20 shots, three players are shooting over 40-percent this season for UConn – Adams, Larrier and graduate student Antwoine Anderson.

HISTORY WITH THE IVY LEAGUE

UConn has an all-time winning record against Ivy League teams – 101-56 - dating back to its earliest matchup with Ancient 8 opponent Yale in the 1914-15 season. The all-time series are listed below:

Brown – 26-18

Columbia – 8-2

Cornell – 1-1

Dartmouth – 3-9

Harvard – 17-2

Penn – Never Played

Princeton – 2-1

Yale – 44-23


 

 

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