UCONN at CINCIN­NATI

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When: Satur­day, 8 p.m.

Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincin­nati

Records: UConn 10-6 (1-2 AAC), Cincin­nati 13-3 (2-1 AAC) TV: ESPN2

Ra­dio: UConn/IMG Sports Net­work, WAVZ-New Haven (1300 AM), WICC-Bride­port (600 AM), WINE-Dan­bury (940 AM), WGCH- Green­wich (1490 AM), 97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford

KEEP AN EYE ON

⏩ ROAD TO NOWHERE: UConn has lost 12 of its last 14 true road games, dat­ing back to Fe­bru­ary, 2017. The Huskies went 2-9 on the road last year, their av­er­age mar­gin of deficit in those nine losses: 17.6.

This is just UConn’s second true road game this sea­son. The Huskies squan­dered a 13-point lead late in the first half and lost at South Florida 76-68 on Jan. 2. Clearly, the team needs to learn how to toughen up, deal with a hos­tile crowd and find a way to win on the road. The sparkling new Fifth Third Arena, which was ren­o­vated over the past year, may be the tough­est place to do so in the AAC. UConn hasn’t won in the Queen City since Feb. 22, 2011.

⏩ BEARCAT BULLIES: If Jalen Adams’ 75-foot prayer doesn’t find the net in the 2016 AAC tour­na­ment, Cincin­nati is work­ing on an eight-game win­ning streak against the Huskies. As it is, the Bearcats have won seven of the last eight meetings and Cincin­nati has won five straight, seven of the last eight and eight of the last 10 meetings with UConn.

⏩ SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE?: This isn’t a vin­tage Bearcat team, how­ever. Cincy was picked to fin­ish second in the AAC by the league’s coaches, prob­a­bly largely out of re­spect. But the team lost three stal­warts to grad­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing a pair of cur­rent NBA play­ers (first-round pick Ja­cob Evans and AAC player of the year Gary Clark). Cincin­nati lost at peren­nial league door­mat ECU a week ago, and needed late-game hero­ics to force over­time and even­tu­ally win at Tulsa on Thurs­day night.

⏩ CANE IS ABLE: East Hartford prod­uct and for­mer Sa­cred Heart Uni­ver­sity star Cane Broome has been up and down with pro­duc­tion and playing time this sea­son, but he came up big Thurs­day night. His jumper with 1.2 sec­onds left tied the game and sent it to over­time, and the se­nior guard fin­ished with 16 points off the bench.

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