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No. 18 Connecticut faces Albany in rematch of NCAA Tourney clash

Nov 26, 2006 - 3:27 PM Albany (2-1) at No. 18 Connecticut (4-0) 5:00 pm EST

STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- After a close call against Albany in their last meeting, Connecticut may play like it has something extra to prove.

The 18th-ranked Huskies look to extend their home-court winning streak to 24 games Sunday when they face the Great Danes in a rematch of last season's NCAA Tournament showdown.

Heavily-favored Connecticut trailed Albany by 12 points with 11:34 remaining in the opening round of the tournament before using a 17-2 run to propel it to a 72-59 victory on March 17 at Philadelphia.

Continuing an 11-game homestand to open the campaign, Connecticut has limited its first four opponents to 53.2 points and is outrebounding them by an average of 46-33.

A.J. Price scored 23 points, Jerome Dyson added 16 and Jeff Adrien 13 with 10 rebounds for the Huskies in Sunday's 77-59 victory over Mississippi in the final game of the Hispanic College Fund Classic.

After opening with two victories for the first time since moving to Division I, Albany allowed its highest point total since January 19, 2003, in Tuesday's 90-71 loss to Sacred Heart.

Brent Wilson made 6-of-10 3-pointers in the contest and scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the second half. Jamar Wilson added 17 and Brian Lillis 11 for the Great Danes.

Albany has lost both of its previous meetings against Connecticut and is just 4-19 against Big East Conference teams.

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