Connecticut, in search of its first road victory, will have a chance to get it Saturday when it battles Tulane in an American Athletic Conference game. The Huskies, who are unbeaten in five games against the Green Wave, have not fared well away from home, losing all three of their true road games and three of four contests at neutral sites.

After opening their league slate with a double overtime loss at Tulsa, Kevin Ollie's team has won back-to-back games at home as Jalen Adams surpassed 1,000 career points. Adams, who ran hot and cold last season, has been as consistent as one can be this season, scoring in double figures in every game for the Huskies, who have won the five meetings with Tulane by an average of 10.4 points. While hardly a great shooter, the junior guard from Roxbury, Mass., gets it done with volume and by making better than 80 percent of his attempts from the foul line. Despite another 20-point outing from junior Melvin Frazier, his seventh of the season, the Green Wave fell at Memphis on Tuesday, but return to the friendly confines of Fogelman Arena, where they are 8-1 this season under second-year head coach Mike Dunleavey, Sr.

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ABOUT UCONN (9-7, 2-2 AAC): While the Huskies have many deficiencies, including shooting, rebounding and scoring defense, none are as glaring as its inability to share the ball. Ollie's team ranks 350th out of 351 Division I teams in assists at 9.6 per game, but one way it makes up for it is by getting steals and transition baskets. Christian Vital, who has become a consistent scorer with 10 straight games in double figures, has led the way with 13 steals in the past four games for the Huskies, who have 37 takeaways over that span.

ABOUT TULANE (11-5, 2-2): After a few off games, the Green Wave rediscovered their stroke from the 3-point line by making 14-of-31 against Memphis and will have a chance at similar success against the Huskies, who struggle defending the arc. Jordan Cornish, who hadn't scored in double figures in four straight games while making only 4-of-18 3-pointers, and Ray Ona Embo, who had a season-high 15 points against Memphis, each made four 3s in the loss. Embo, a sophomore from France, will likely draw the assignment of guarding Adams (18.5 points per game), who is second in scoring in the American to Houston's Rob Gray.

TIP-INS

1. The Huskies lead the conference in free-throw percentage at 76.4 percent.

2. Frazier and Cameron Reynolds are the No. 2 scoring duo in the American, right behind Adams and Terry Larrier and ahead of Adams and Vital.

3. The Green Wave are 5-0 when they accrue 20 or more assists.

PREDICTION: Tulane 83, UConn 77


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