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UCONN at SMU

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Moody Coliseum, Dallas

Records: UConn 13-10 (4-6 AAC), SMU 16-6 (6-4 AAC)

TV: ESPNews

Radio: UConn/IMG Sports Network, 97.9 FM-ESPN Hartford, WAVZ-New Haven (1300 AM), WICC-Brideport (600 AM), WINE-Danbury (940 AM), WGCH- Greenwich (1490 AM)

KEEP AN EYE ON

The kid Bouknight is alright: Freshman James Bouknight appears to be taking that next step to becoming a bona fide star. After scoring a career-high 22 points in Thursday night’s win at Tulsa, the 6-foot-4 guard backed it up with 23 points in Sunday’s overtime win over Cincinnati. He earned AAC Player of the Week (not Freshman of the Week ... Player of the Week) honors, the first time a UConn player has been so named since Jalen Adams nearly three years earlier.

Bouknight’s athleticism and ability around the rim have been evident since he made his debut in November at the Charleston Classic. What’s separated him from the pack the past couple of games has been his shooting. Bouknight is 7-for-12 from 3-point range the past two games.

“When he gets the shot off, almost no matter where it is, I feel like it has a good chance of going in,” said coach Dan Hurley.

He is Iron Man: Christian Vital entered this season in danger of missing out on postseason play all four years of his UConn career. With the Huskies’ recent resurgence (two wins in a row and three of their last four) he now has a chance to at least make the NIT ... if not more.

“Now, Christian’s getting a sniff of a season in the eight games we have left,” said Hurley. “We’re just trying to put him in the position of having a season and feel like he’s playing for something late in the year.”

“He’s like Iron Man or something. He just plays through everything that’s gone on around him his four-year career. Now, it gives him a chance in his senior year to say, ‘We’ve won two in a row, we beat the two hottest teams in the conference.’”

Mustang depth: SMU has had five players score in double figures the past two games. Kendric Davis, a talented TCU transfer point guard, had 23 points and 10 assists in an OT loss at Temple on Saturday. He leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg.

“He really sees everything,” Hurley said of Davis. “We’ve got to be really smart with the help we provide. If you overhelp, he finds the open shooter. He finds guys for dunks, lobs. He’s an all-around outstanding point guard.”

Wilson ready?: Sid Wilson missed three straight games with a knee injury and returned only briefly (two minutes) against Cincinnati. Hurley said the athletic sophomore looked good in practice on Tuesday and figures to play a bigger role on Wednesday night.

PROBABLE STARTERS

UCONN

Player

Pos.

PPG

Jalen Gaffney

G

3.0

Christian Vital

G

14.3

James Bouknight

G

11.6

Akok Akok

F

6.3

Josh Carlton

C

8.4

SMU

Player

Pos.

PPG

Tyson Jolly

G

14.8

Kendric Davis

G

15.8

Emmanuel Bandoumel

G

5.7

Isaiha Mike

F

14.3

Isiah Jasey

F

2.9

— David Borges