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STORRS, Conn. – Before an 11-day break for final exams, the UConn men’s basketball team hosts Coppin State out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion – the final home game until Dec. 30 against Wichita State.
The Huskies (6-3) meet the Eagles (0-9) for the seventh time in program history, with ESPNews airing the coverage. The UConn/IMG Radio Network will be calling the action on 1080 WTIC AM.
Basketball schedule magnets, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, will be distributed to fans in attendance on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
For UConn students, there will be a Mystery Envelope Giveaway for the first 500 to walk through the doors, with each containing a different prize. Examples of prizes include tickets to premiere men’s games at the XL Center against Wichita State (Dec. 30) and Villanova (Jan. 20).
Junior guard Jalen Adams netted a team-high 22 points on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, as UConn fell to Syracuse, 72-63, in the Jimmy V Classic. Sophomore guard Christian Vital added 17 points in the loss.
UConn remains unbeaten at home this season – a perfect 5-0 heading into Saturday’s matchup. Four players are averaging double-digit points at home, including Adams with a team-best 18.3 points. Redshirt junior Terry Larrier is grabbing 7.6 boards per game in those five victories.
The Huskies are 6-0 all-time against Coppin State, which includes a 106-85 win on Dec. 14, 2014 at the XL Center. Center Amida Brimah scored a career-high 40 points on 13-of-13 shooting from the floor in the victory.
SCOUTING COPPIN STATE
Coppin State (0-9), from Baltimore and out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, is coming off a 70-53 loss to Navy on Wednesday in Coppin State’s home opener. The Eagles are led in scoring by sophomore guard Dejuan Clayton (10.2), while junior forward Adam Traore is the leading rebounder (6.0). Opponents are outscoring Coppin by 23.6 ppg and outrebounding the Eagles by 14.3 rpg.
Sophomore Christian Vital came close to setting bench records in two of UConn’s games. Since 1986-87, the record for most points by a UConn player off the bench has been held by Rashad Anderson, with 33 in 2005-06. Vital now holds the next two spots, with 30 against BU on Nov. 19 and 29 against Columbia on Nov. 29.
HISTORY AGAINST THE MEAC
UConn has played seven teams in the current Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and holds a combined record of 15-0 against them. Besides UConn’s 6-0 mark against Coppin St., the Huskies are 2-0 against Morgan St., Maryland-Eastern Shore and Delaware St. and 1-0 against Hampton, Howard, and Florida A&M.
ON THE HORIZON
UConn gets a break for final exams after Saturday, next hitting the hardwood on Dec. 21 at Arizona – the first true road game of the season for the Huskies. Just two days after, the team plays at Auburn on Dec. 23, the last game before Christmas.