WHEN: Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. CT
WHERE: XL Center (Hartford, Conn.)
TV/RADIO: CBS/KAAM 770 AM
SERIES: SMU leads the series 4-0.
LAST MEETING: SMU trounced the Huskies 73-55 in Moody Coliseum on Feb. 14.
SMU is coming off a tough win over the Memphis Tigers Thursday night and turn around for a trip all the way to Connecticut tomorrow. After a physical win over the Tigers, SMU has to immediately move on to their matchup against the Huskies. SMU ended up winning by nine and had to find different ways to beat Memphis, but Nic Moore’s 14 points in the second half were what made the difference. SMU went on a 15-4 run that ended with Moore’s three-pointer with 3:27 to go that iced the win. The win kept SMU in control of its own destiny towards an AAC regular season title and the team got SMU’s first win in Memphis since the 1953-54 season.
After winning the national championship, this season has not been what Connecticut wanted, but the team is still dangerous. The team has won two straight since losing two in a row to SMU and Memphis, albeit over Tulane and East Carolina. Daniel Hamilton grabbed 17 rebounds in the team’s win over East Carolina, a big step for the freshman.
Three Players to Watch
Ryan Boatright: Boatright lit up SMU for 18 points in the team’s first meeting this year and is one of the best guards in America.
Daniel Hamilton: At 6-7, 190 pounds, Hamilton is similar to SMU’s Ben Moore, but is still going through some growing pains. That being said, Hamilton is coming off a 17-rebound performance.
Rodney Purvis: The sophomore guard is streaky, but at 6-4, 205 pounds, Purvis is a guard that the team has to keep an eye on. Purvis scored 12 in the team’s win over ECU, but shot just 33 percent from the field.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Hamilton vs. Ben Moore. Ben Moore will likely get the matchup of covering Hamilton, who is coming off one of his better games of the year. Hamilton’s athleticism is similar to Moore’s and last time against SMU, Hamilton notched 13 points and five boards. SMU has to neutralize Hamilton and keep him from getting to the glass to grab rebounds.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Keeping Boatright under wraps. Except for Connecticut’s game against Memphis, Boatright has been really impressive as of late. Boatright has notched 16 points in each of the last two games. Last time out, SMU switched from Nic Moore guarding Boatright to Ryan Manuel and the move paid off with Boatright being held at bay in the second half. When SMU shut down Boatright, SMU was able to go on a run that finished Connecticut’s chances last time out.