The first time the Connecticut Huskies and Memphis Tigers met this season, it was certainly a battle. The game was tied until the final five minutes with the Huskies made every single shot and ran away with a 83-73 win. Memphis does not intend to let that happen again as they head on the road to face the Huskies once again.
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Both teams are in the final stretch of the regular season. They will have seven games left before conference championships begin. Memphis will play four of their seven final games on the road while three of the teams had previously beat them once before. They start with the Huskies on Saturday afternoon.
In the first matchup, the Huskies went 6 of 6 from the free throw line and hit all seven shots from the floor to put the Tigers away. DeAndre Daniels recorded a double-double while Shabazz Napier added eighth of their 17 points in the final five minutes. Memphis currently ranks third in the AAC, right behind Cincinnati and Louisville. They enter Connecticut having won eight of their last 10 games. A win against the Huskies could help them get closer to a regular-season title.
The Huskies have also won the last eight of 10 games including that big win over Memphis. They have held their last four opponents to just over 50 points a game and head coach Kevin Ollie likes the new defensive attitude of Connecticut. The Huskies are looking to protect home ice and avoid a loss so close before the conference tournament.