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STORRS, Conn. – The final home game of 2016 for the UConn men’s basketball team will be on Wednesday when it hosts Houston in its American Athletic Conference opener in the XL Center at 3 p.m. (ET).
The Huskies (5-6), coming off an overtime loss to Auburn on Friday before Christmas Eve, will match-up with the Cougars on ESPN2. The game can also be heard on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
In the last outing, senior forward Kentan Facey stole the show with a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double – the third of his career. Over the past two games, Facey is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard Rodney Purvis scored a team-high 20 points in the loss to the Tigers – which UConn extended to overtime after a 6-0 run in the final 1:20 of regulation. The Huskies fell to 2-3 at home this season.
Over the last four games, Purvis, Facey and sophomore guard Jalen Adams have combined for 41.8 points per game – 64.5-percent of UConn’s total scoring – as well as 50-percent of the team’s rebounding.
UConn is 4-3 all-time against Houston and split with the Cougars in the 2015-16 season. Since joining the American, the Huskies are 2-3 against Houston.
The Cougars (9-3) have won three of their last four games, but lost their most recent contest to Harvard at home – 57-56. Their only other two losses this season were against LSU and Arkansas.
Houston is led by Rob Gray, the team’s leading scorer with 20.1 points per game and is shooting 50-percent from the field. The Cougars have a +16.7 scoring margin over opponents this season.
Entering the game, Houston ranks third in the American in scoring (80.5 points per game) and second in field goal percentage (48.4-percent).
BY THE NUMBERS
94.1%: Free throw percentage of Rodney Purvis in the past four games (16-of-17). He is shooting 75.7-percent from the charity stripe this season.
24.5: Average margin of victory in UConn’s past two victories over Houston.