Vital, UConn host Tulane
Tulane (9-5, 1-1) vs. UConn (9-5, 0-2)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Teshaun Hightower and Tulane will battle Christian Vital and UConn. The junior Hightower has scored 24 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 19 over his last five games. Vital, a senior, is averaging 12.8 points over the last five games.
SQUAD LEADERSHIP: UConn’s Vital has averaged 13.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals while Josh Carlton has put up 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. For the Green Wave, Hightower has averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 rebounds while Christion Thompson has put up 13.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and two steals.TERRIFIC TESHAUN: Hightower has connected on 32.8 percent of the 61 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 15 over his last three games. He’s also converted 75.8 percent of his free throws this season.
STREAK SCORING: UConn has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 71.5 points while giving up 54.3.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Huskies have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Green Wave. UConn has 41 assists on 65 field goals (63.1 percent) over its past three contests while Tulane has assists on 28 of 72 field goals (38.9 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Tulane as a team has made 8.3 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among AAC teams. The Green Wave have averaged 10 3-pointers per game over their last three games.