Dec. 17, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Following a 12-day layoff, the No. 10 University of Connecticut men's basketball team returns to action when it hosts Stanford at the XL Center in Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN2 and will be broadcasted on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (9-0) return to the hardwood chasing their first 10-0 start since the 2010-11 season. Last time out against Maine, UConn cruised to a 95-68 victory, led by 17 points from junior guard Ryan Boatright. The Aurora Ill. Native shot 6-of-11 from the floor and dished out five assists to pace the Husky offense. Freshman Amida Brimah recorded four blocks and now ranks 23rd in the country with 29 total rejections in 2013-14.
The Huskies are well-represented in the national polls, ranking 10th in both the AP Top-25 poll with 1,035 points and the USA Today poll with 494 points. UConn is one of three American Athletic Conference teams to be ranked in the AP top-25, joining Louisville (6) and Memphis (15).
Connecticut will be looking to extend their 54-game non-conference home winning streak, a stretch that dates back to Jan. 20th, 2007. UConn has won 13 straight games against opponents from the Pac-12 and owns an impressive 17-2 all-time record against foes from the conference.
The Huskies and Cardinal haven't met on the court in over decade, with the last showdown coming in the in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Overall, the Huskies boast a 4-0 record against the Cardinal, including a 1-0 record at home.
This season, Stanford heads to Hartford with a 7-2 record, and a daunting offensive attack. As a team, the Cardinal is shooting .504 from the field and .419 from beyond the arc. Senior Dwight Powell is averaging 15.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game while guard Chasson Randle leads the charge with a team-high 18.2 ppg.