Location: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs
Tip-off time: 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Records: Houston 11-9, 3-4; UConn 16-4 4-3
Last game: Houston lost to SMU, 75-68, Sunday; UConn won at Rutgers, 82-71, Saturday
Probable starters: UConn, 6-1 sr. guard Shabazz Napier (17.8 pts, 5.8 assists, 6.0 rebs), 6-0 jr. guard Ryan Boatright (12.3 pts, 3.6 assists), 6-8 jr. forward DeAndre Daniels (13.4 pts, 5.6 rebs), 6-6 grad. forward Lasan Kromah (7.0 pts, 2.4 rebs), 7-foot fr. center Amida Brimah (4.0 pts, 2.9 rebs)
Houston, 6-4 so. guard L.J. Rose (8.5 pts, 5.1 assists), 6-0 sr. guard Brandon Morris (6.5 pts), 6-6 so. guard LeRon Barnes (4.0 pts, 2.9 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward Mikhail McLean (3.0 pts, 2.0 rebs), 6-8 jr. forward TaShawn Thomas (16.4 pts, 8.8 rebs, 3.2 blks).
Noteworthy, UConn won five of last six. Houston lost four of five. … Injury update: So. Omar Calhoun (ankle) available, Daniels (ankle) probable. … UConn leads series, 2-1, losing last meeting 75-71 loss Dec. 31 in Houston behind Thomas's 23 pts. Cougars up by 18 at halftime. … Thomas only player in AAC in top five in scoring (5th) and rebounding (2nd). … Top reserve: 6-7 so. forward Danuel House (13.7 pts, 5.5 rebs). … Hot: Napier averaging 27.7 points in last three games. Cold: Boatright shooting 31.7 percent (13-for-41) in last four games. … Houston ninth in AAC rebounding margin at minus 2.9, UConn third. … UConn 0-3 in 9 p.m. games this season. … Up next: UConn visits Cincinnati next Thursday.
- Gavin Keefe
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