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Huskies Welcome No. 8 Shockers to XL Center

Dec. 28, 2017

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Looking to break a two-game losing skid, the UConn men's basketball team opens American Athletic Conference play with a big challenge against league newcomer No. 8 Wichita State on Saturday at noon in the XL Center.

The Huskies (7-5) and Shockers (10-2) meet for just the second time, but it is the inaugural matchup between the programs as members of the American. Tip-off will be aired on CBS, with the UConn/IMG Radio Network also covering the action.

It is Big Red Appreciation Day on Saturday, with a video and on-court presentation at halftime to honor Tom Emery of Meriden and his commitment to UConn basketball over the years. Basketball schedule magnets, courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, will be available to fans on a first come, first serve basis.

The Shockers, currently ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Poll, will be the second top-10 team that the Huskies have faced this season. Back in November, UConn lost to No. 4 Michigan State in the PK80 Invitational.

UConn is 0-2 against ranked opponents, which includes a 73-58 loss to No. 18 Arizona on the most recent road trip before Christmas. Losses to Arizona (Dec. 21) and Auburn (Dec. 23) lead the Huskies into conference play.

Three players are averaging double-digits for UConn - including junior guard Jalen Adams' team-high 18.2 points per game. Redshirt junior Terry Larrier (15.2) and sophomore guard Christian Vital (12.5) have been top contributors.

In the first-ever meeting between the programs, UConn won an 83-79 game in the first round of the 2010 Maui Invitational. The Huskies' last victory over a ranked opponent at the XL Center came on Feb. 18, 2016 against No. 21 SMU.


On Dec. 16, the UConn men's basketball team paid a visit to the Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club in Hartford to spread holiday cheer through basketball, arts and crafts, and meaningful time spent with the kids. Campus Connect, a program run through the American Athletic Conference, produced the video below:


Wichita State comes to the AAC with impressive credentials after dominating the Missouri Valley Conference, going 68-4 in the league in the last four seasons. This year, the Shockers have six experienced seniors on the roster to support their top player, sophomore guard Landry Shamet (17.1 ppg, 4.6 apg). The Shockers, who have lost only to Notre Dame and Oklahoma, are outscoring (+15.0) and outrebounding (+11.5) opponents per game.


In four seasons in in the American Athletic Conference, UConn has a 42-30 record (.583) in regular-season league play, 26-10 at home and 16-20 on the road. In 34 seasons in the Big East Conference, the Huskies had a 325-233 record (.582) in regular-season play. Head coach Kevin Ollie is 1-4 all-time in conference openers.


Wichita State is the third ranked team the Huskies have faced this season, following games against No. 4 Michigan State (Nov. 24) and No. 18 Arizona (Dec. 21). Since 1989-90, UConn is 129-111 (.538) against ranked opponents and since the first NCAA championship season of 1998-99, the Huskies are 96-76 (.558) against ranked opponents.