UConn tops Tulane, will square off in AAC opening round

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Christian Vital scored 28 points and Isaiah Whaley finished with a double-double and UConn beat Tulane 80-76 to end American Athletic Conference play. The two squads will face off again in the opening round of the conference tournament, which starts Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas. The Huskies, winners of eight of their last 10, are seeded fifth while Tulane is a 12 seed. The Green Wave led 41-39 at halftime. Eighteen seconds into the second half, Whaley converted a three-point play and the Huskies never trailed again. Christion Thompson led Tulane with 21 points.