Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
Tip-off time: 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Records: UConn 13-3, 1-2; Memphis 12-3, 3-1
Last game: UConn beat Central Florida, 84-61, Saturday; Memphis won at Temple, 79-69, Saturday
Probable starters: UConn, 6-0 jr. guard Ryan Boatright (12.8 pts, 3.6 assists), 6-1 sr. guard Shabazz Napier (16.0 pts, 6.0 assists, 6.4 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward DeAndre Daniels (12.8 pts, 4.9 rebs), 6-6 grad. forward Lasan Kromah (6.6 pts, 2.6 rebs), 6-10 sr. forward Tyler Olander (2.3 pts, 1.4 rebs)
Memphis, 6-1 sr. guard Joe Jackson (14.7 pts, 3.9 assists), 6-3 sr. guard Geron Johnson (8.5 pts, 5.5 rebs), 6-4 sr. guard Chris Crawford (9.0 pts, 4.3 rebs), 6-8 fr. forward Austin Nichols (8.6 pts, 4.2 rebs), 6-9 so. forward Shaq Goodwin (13.2 pts, 7.1 rebs),
Noteworthy: Big week for Huskies who host No. 18 Louisville Saturday after visiting Memphis. … Tigers won five of last six. … Game pits two of the AAC's top backcourts. … Series: UConn lost only previous meeting, 81-70, in 2k Sports College Hoops Classic Championship at MSG in 2007. … Common foe: Florida (UConn won 65-64, Memphis lost 77-75). … Jackson unanimous preseason AAC first team pick. … Top reserve: 6-1 sr. guard Michael Dixon Jr. (11.3 pts, 2.3 rebs). … Hot: Napier shooting 92 percent (35-for-38) from foul line in last five games. Cold: Kromah converting 34 percent (13-for-38) from the field in last five games. … FedEx Forum will host inaugural AAC tourney in March. … Stat to watch: turnovers. Tigers forcing an average of 16.6 per game. … UConn 1-2 in true road games and 1-0 vs. ranked teams.
- Gavin Keefe
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