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The UConn Huskies return to action tonight against Temple at Gampel Pavilion. Coming off its strongest all-around performances of the season, here are few facts and figures to keep in mind as UConn goes for win No. 7.
UConn displayed stellar ball movement against UCF, racking up 15 assists in the victory effort. In the Huskies' six victories, they’ve averaged 15.67 assists per game versus just 10.67 in nine losses. Kevin Ollie praised his team’s shot selection and unselfishness following the win over the Knights, and should hopefully have an easier time of repeating that performance against an Owls’ defense ranked 107th in the nation according to kenpom.com.
Temple is extremely efficient on the offensive end, turning it over on just 16 percent of its possessions, good for 24th-best in the country. The Huskies need to generate fast-break chances with solid half-court defense. The Owls effective field-goal percentage is 248th in the nation. If UConn’s 29th-ranked defense can remain stout it should tip the scales in the home team’s favor.
Temple is 1-4 on the road this season, including a 24-point loss to UCF on Dec. 31. After wins over Florida State and West Virginia, the Owls haven’t beaten an opponent with a ranking above 109 (Yale). Connecticut comes in ranked No. 102 in the country with a 60 percent chance to win according to kenpom.com.
In their nine losses, the Huskies are shooting .401 percent from the field and will face an Owls’ defense that allows an effective field-goal percentage of 48.2 percent, 104th in the country. UConn will need to find good shots in the half court and get out in transition in hopes of finding easy buckets to counter Temple’s defense.
Temple has four players averaging double-digit scoring. Obi Enechionyia (14.6), Shizz Alston Jr. (12.6), Daniel Dingle (12.1) and Quinton Rose (10.4) making up just under 70 percent of the Owls’ point production. How the Huskies handle those four will go a long way in tonight’s outcome.