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Open Thread: UConn Men’s Basketball vs. ECU | 6 p.m., CBSSN

The Huskies need to take care of business against a vastly inferior opponent.

NCAA Basketball: Cincinnati at East Carolina James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The UConn Huskies look to halt their two-game losing streak tonight, hosting East Carolina at the XL Center in Hartford at 6 p.m. Connecticut was outclassed by SMU on Thursday night, and is in desperate need of a win to wash the sour losing taste.

Facts & Figures

60

This season UConn is 2-11 when allowing opponents to score over 60 points—5-0 when holding the opposition to 59 or less.

East Carolina comes into today’s match with an offensive efficiency rating of 92.3, 335th in the country. After a beat down at SMU, this caliber of opponent should help the Huskies regain some of the mojo they built in wins over UCF and Temple.

Even with the recent foul struggles to Amida Brimah, Connecticut’s adjusted defensive rating is 37th in the Division I. If the Huskies can turn the Pirates over (21.7 turnover percentage) it should ignite the break, leading to easy buckets. The Pirates are last in the AAC in points per game and field-goal percentage.

96.7

That’s East Carolina’s defensive efficiency rating, No. 50 overall in the nation. Considering UConn’s offensive struggles in the half court, it would behoove Connecticut to play uptempo—attack early in the shot clock before the Pirate’s defense has time to set.

Senior center Andre Washington is a talented shot blocker but not dominant on the glass which should help a short-handed UConn frontcourt in the rebounding battle.

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Vance Jackson’s three-point shooting continues to be lights out, connecting at 51.5% over the last seven games. Jackson, 5-of-10 from three against SMU, has been one of UConn’s more reliable performers recently. The freshman’s growth is one of the season’s brighter spots and worth continued attention.

10.5

Amida Brimah has played an average of 10.5 minutes in each of the last two losses. The senior needs to do a better job of playing smart defense so he isn’t forced to the bench. Brimah’s presence in the paint is such a big factor for Connecticut. The big man has blocked more shots (27) in seven wins than he has in 11 losses (26). He has also scored nearly as many points in wins (60) as in losses (63).