UConn-SMU Set For ESPN “Saturday Night College Basketball” in Dallas

If the Connecticut Huskies want a chance to defend their 2014 NCAA tournament championship, they’re going to have to put a run together in the second half of AAC conference play. After losing back-to-back games to Cincinnati and Houston, the Huskies won consecutive games vs East Carolina and Tulane and are currently sixth in the conference with a 6-4 record, three and a half games behind conference leading Tulsa.

There are over 100 UConn Huskies vs. SMU Mustangs tickets remaining, with an average ticket price of $149.30 and a get-in price of $67. Connecticut fans looking to get out of the snow in Storrs, CT can use Hipmunk.com to support their team at Moody Coliseum. Dallas flights are easily accessible from Bradley International Airport and for those wanting to spend the weekend in the Dallas, TX area, Dallas hotels can be arranged as well for as little as $78.

Connecticut can make up ground rather quickly, as they take on the top two teams in the conference in a three day span. After taking on Tulsa on February 12th, the Huskies travel to Dallas, Texas to face the possible first place SMU Mustangs at Moody Coliseum.

After winning eight consecutive conference games, SMU lost to Cincinnati on February 5th but rebounded right away, defeating Tulsa on the road 68-57, putting themselves a half game behind the Golden Hurricane in the standings.

The Valentine’s Day matchup between the Huskies and the Mustangs will feature two of the conference’s best guards in Ryan Boatright and Nic Moore. When Boatright, who is averaging 17.8 points per game with 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists, shoots under 40% from the field, the Huskies usually find themselves in trouble. Aside from their two losses against Duke and West Virginia, the Huskies have lost seven of their nine games when Boatright is under 40% from the field.

Moore has the knack of realizing when he has to be a distributor or when he has to be more scoring oriented. In their last four wins, Moore has had two games scoring over 20 points and two games scoring single digits.

Connecticut will have to reverse their fortunes on the road if they want to vault up the AAC standings. They’ve dropped their last three conference road games to Houston, Cincinnati and Tulsa, with a road loss to Stanford mixed in between.

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