Site: FedEx Forum
Time: Thursday, about 9 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH 1490 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: UConn, 2-1
Last meeting: UConn, 86-81 (OT) at XL Center, Feb. 15
Streaks: Memphis W1, UConn L1
Memphis (23-8, 12-6 AAC)
2 SHAQ GOODWIN, F, 6-9, So., 11.9 ppg. – Averaging 6.6 rebounds; has 56 blocks
4 AUSTIN NICHOLS, F, 6-8, Fr., 9.3 – AAC's top rookie is 8-for-11 in two games vs. UConn
1 JOE JACKSON, G, 6-1, Sr., 14.4 – Was 4-for-14 vs. UConn on Jan. 16, 10-for-17 on Feb. 15
3 CHRIS CRAWFORD, G, 6-4, Sr., 8.9 – Is 7-for-20 from floor in two games vs. UConn
55 GERON JOHNSON, G, 6-3, Sr., 9.0 – Had 15 points, 7-for-10 from floor, vs. UConn last time
11 MICHAEL DIXON JR., G, 6-1, Sr., 12.2 – AAC's sixth man of the year, has 77 assists to 49 TOs
UCONN (24-7, 12-6)
13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, Sr., 17.8 ppg. – AAC player of year, first-team USBWA All-American
11 RYAN BOATRIGHT, G, 6-0, Jr., 12.0 – Scored 21 points vs. Memphis on Feb. 15.
20 LASAN KROMAH, G-F, 6-6, GS, 7.0 – Is 13-for-40 from floor past seven games
2 DeANDRE DANIELS, F, 11.2, Jr., 12.3 – Had 23 points, 11 rebounds at Memphis on Jan. 16
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-0, Fr., 4.0 – Third in AAC in blocks despite averaging just 15.2 minutes
5 NIELS GIFFEY, F, 6-7, Sr., 8.0 – Top three-point shooter in the AAC, 44-for-88.
What To Watch
Three in a row? Beating a team three times in one season is difficult. The Huskies beat Memphis decisively at the FedEx Forum and in OT at the XL Center. If it's possible to be more intense and motivated, the Tigers should be for a third crack at UConn.
The crowd: This is a home game for Memphis, which was guaranteed a night game to boost attendance. The AAC had sold about 12,000 packages for the tournament, but somehow, some way most of the 18,000 tickets for this game will find their way into the hands of Tigers fans. It's a big, loud arena, and UConn , is bringing the underdog mentality.
Rebounding: The Huskies were outrebounded and/or manhandled in the paint in nearly all of their past seven games, including the OT win over Memphis. The Huskies rebounded very well in the win at Memphis, and the difference was Daniels. A lone bright spot in the disaster at Louisville, Daniels and Brimah figure to be important.
Clicking backcourt: Napier and Boatright both had terrible shooting games and a lot of turnovers against Louisville. That hadn't happened all year, so one would expect Memphis to bring the same kind of pressure, though Rick Pitino's defense is hard to match. Bottom line – all the Huskies, mired in a long, team-wide slump, have to make more open shots.
At the line: UConn went to the line 36 times in the OT win over Memphis, which took nine free throws that day. If the game comes down to the free throw line, UConn (76.3 percent) is the best in the league. Memphis (65.5) is eighth in the 10-team AAC.
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