Connecticut Huskies at SMU Mustangs

Connecticut Huskies Preview

After consecutive career-high scoring performances that led the UConn Huskies to upset wins over Tulsa and Cincinnati last week, freshman guard James Bouknight was named the AAC Player of the Week. Bouknight, from Brooklyn, N.Y., followed his 22-point performance against then-first place Tulsa (19 in the second half) in the Huskies’ first true road win of the season with a 23-point game against then-first place Cincinnati.

He had 19 points in the second half and overtime. UConn avenged a double-digit loss earlier this season to Cincinnati and an overtime defeat to Tulsa. Fellow freshmen Akok Akok and Jalen Gaffney have also cracked the starting lineup, marking the first time the Huskies have started three freshmen since the 2010-11 season.

SMU Mustangs Preview

The SMU Mustangs, who do not have a senior on their roster, are leading the AAC in field goal percentage (45.9 percent), free-throw percentage (76.3), assists (16.8), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and 3-pointers made (8.6). Kendric Davis, a sophomore transfer from TCU, is leading the league in assists (7.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.93).

Davis is second in the league in free-throw percentage at 87.1 percent. Isiaha Mike is fifth in the AAC in 3-point percentage (41.8 percent) while hitting 84.3 percent (43 of 51) at the free-throw line. His 2.3 made 3-pointers per game lead the AAC. The Mustangs are 12-1 at home this season with the lone loss against Georgetown on Dec. 7.