Thursday night brings 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and televised action to the spotlight as two teams that could be part of March Madness will meet on the hardwood. It will be the currently-unranked Connecticut Huskies playing at the No. 17 Memphis Tigers in a battle between American conference foes. UCONN will look to even up their conference record with an upset victory, while the Tigers will try to keep pace with leaders Cincinnati and Louisville. This featured TV and live stream NCAA basketball game will be presented for fans through the various ESPN networks.
According to ESPN.com in their Jan. 16 report, the Huskies have been struggling with rebounding for the majority of their 2013-14 season so far. Currently, the team ranks at an atrocious 164th in the nation in the category, bringing down just 35.9 boards a game. To further illustrate the deficiency, guard Shabazz Napier is currently leading the team in the stat, with only 6.4 per game, followed by DeAndre Daniels' 4.9 per game. Kevin Ollie and the Huskies are hoping for more big performances from 7-foot Ghana freshman center, Amida Brimah, who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds against UCF last Saturday.
Ollie told the media with regards to Brimah's performance in UCONN's first victory over a conference opponent this season:
"(We've) been working with him. He's been in there weightlifting and getting extra lifts in. That's what it's all about. That kid gives so much to his teammates (on the bench), I think it's only right that the basketball gods are going to pay you back."
Tonight, Ollie's team faces a 12-3 Memphis team who is 3-1 in the conference. The Tigers, led by Joe Jackson with 14.7 points a game, have won five out of their last seven games, including a 73-67 win on Jan. 9 against then-No. 12 Louisville. Memphis currently is 17th in the nation in assists, with guard Jackson dishing out about 4 of them per contest, and Geron Johnson adding another 3 or so per game. Memphis also ranks 35th in points per game, and 33rd in rebounds, giving them heavy advantages in tonight's game.
The Tigers are the favorites in tonight's matchup, first opening as 7-point home favorites and remaining a bout there or at 6-points at various books. The over/under combined points total for tonight's game is set at 140-1/2 or 141 points at most books. The two teams have only played only once before, but it was back on Nov. 16, 2007 at Madison Square Garden, where Memphis won 81-70.
Thursday night's UCONN vs. Memphis NCAA basketball game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This game will be presented live on TV through ESPN in standard and hi-definition formats. Additionally, this game will be live streaming online through the WatchESPN broadband sports network. Viewers with certain cable and satellite providers are able to access the free video feed service. See details here at the site about restrictions for tonight's game based on regions and devices.