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UConn looking to get hot before conference tournament, a familiar formula

The highs and lows continue for the UConn Huskies, as the Jekyl and Hyde act continues towards their final two games of the regular season.

Connecticut turned their two game winning streak into a three game winning streak by defeating the conference leading SMU Mustangs at home on March 1st. Ryan Boatright scored 23 points and Rodney Purvis had a career-high 28 and the Huskies (17-11, 10-6 American) beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season, upsetting No. 21 SMU 81-73 on Sunday

UConn has won three straight and six of its past eight. The Huskies are in fifth place in the league, a game ahead of Memphis. The top five teams will get first-round byes when the AAC tournament opens in Hartford, Connecticut on March 12.

UConn heads back to campus to host Memphis at Gampel Pavilion before closing the season next Saturday at Temple. The Huskies lost to both teams earlier this season.

According to SeatSmart, the average ticket price for Connecticut tickets vs. Memphis is $23 with a walk-in price of $8. Tickets for their game against Temple have an average price of $43 with a walk-in price of $9.

On Thursday, Boatright will be honored along with Pat Lenehan, Dan Guest and managers Nick Blanco and Colon Oehrle in Senior Night ceremonies before tip off. Boatright, the leading scorer in the AAC at 17.7 points per game, will leave an impressive mark on the program. He has 1,689 points and 479 assists, joining former teammate Shabazz Napier as the only players to reach the top 10 in program history in both categories. Boatright has played 122 games for UConn and was a part of the 2013-14 National Championship team. He moved in front of Wes Bialosuknia (1,673) and into ninth place on UConn’s scoring list, behind Kemba Walker (1,783).

It’s an omen that UConn is playing their best ball heading into the NCAA Tournament, because everyone remembers how well that worked out for them last time.

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