Dec. 20, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 10 University of Connecticut men's basketball team heads to Seattle, Wash., to take on Washington in its first road game of the season scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The contest can be seen live on ESPNU and will be broadcasted live on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
Connecticut (9-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, dropping a tightly contested battle to Stanford, 53-51. UConn surged out to a 38-28 halftime lead over the Cardinal, but struggled to get its offense going in the second half, scoring just 13 total points on 5-of-31 shooting. Junior forward DeAndre Daniels led the way for Connecticut, recording a team-high 15 points and matching his career high with four blocks.
Wednesday's loss snapped UConn's 13-game win streak against the Pac-12 and marked the first time that the East Coast Huskies had dropped a non-conference home game since Jan. 20th, 2007.
Despite the second half struggles against Stanford, UConn is shooting .472 percent from the field this season and holding opponents to just a .375 shooting percentage. Senior forward Niels Giffey is shooting 65.5 percent (19-of29) from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent (32-of-47) overall.
UConn and Washington have met on the hardwood just four times in history, with Connecticut taking all four contests. The two teams last played on Dec. 29th, 2012 at the XL Center, as UConn grabbed a 61-53 victory fueled by 14 points from Omar Calhoun on 6-of-10 shooting. The all-time series dates back to the 1997-98 season.
The West Coast Huskies boast a 6-4 record in 2013-14, including a 5-1 record at home. Senior guard C.J. Wilcox is averaging 20.3 points per contest to pace the offense, as he is one of four Washington players averaging at least 12 points per game. Washington owns a +3.3 rebounding margin and is forcing opponents in 11.4 turnovers per game.
Connecticut second-year head coach Kevin Ollie has jumped out to a 29-11 record at the helm of the Huskies and holds an impressive 19-3 record in the months of November and December.