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STORRS, Conn. - Coming off its second double-digit margin of victory this season against North Florida, the UConn men's basketball team prepares for a showdown with Auburn before Christmas Eve at the XL Center in Hartford.
The Huskies (5-5) tip-off with the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, looking to build off Sunday's 80-59 win over the Ospreys. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
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Senior forward Kentan Facey got into the holiday spirit on Sunday, scoring a career-high 20 points to fuel the UConn offense. He was one of five Huskies to score in double figures and was just one rebound shy of a double-double.
Sophomore Jalen Adams posted his second double-double effort this season with 13 points and 10 assists, with just one turnover in 37 minutes of play. He leads the team with seven double-digit scoring performances in the first 10 games.
Since starting the season with a 2-4 record, UConn has won three of its last four games. In that time, it has outscored (60.8 points/game) and outshot (40.4 FG%) opponents - while holding offenses to a combined 31.1-percent shooting rate from the field.
When Auburn visits the XL Center, it will be the fifth game against a Power Five opponent for the Huskies this season. It is the second all-time meeting between the two programs and the first since 1989.
The Tigers (8-2) are off to a fast start under third-year head coach Bruce Pearl. Prior to Friday's game, Auburn plays Oklahoma in the Basketball Hall of Fame's Birthday of Basketball Tournament at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday night.
Two games in Connecticut over a three-day span gives ample time for Waterbury, Conn. native Mustapha Heron to visit his home state. In just his freshman season with Auburn, Heron is second on the team with 16.1 points and first in rebounds with 6.2 per game.
In the Southeastern Conference, Auburn ranks third in scoring (81.7 points per game) and first in steals (8.7 per game). The two losses for the Tigers this season came against Purdue and Boston College.
BY THE NUMBERS
+20: Rebounding margin for UConn in its five wins this season. In the five losses, the Huskies have a -27 rebounding margin.
44: Years since UConn has lost a game on "Christmas Eve Eve", dating back to the 1972-73 season. Dee Rowe was the coach at the time. The Huskies are 16-2 on Dec. 23, going back to the 1950-51 season.