But he missed. "He's been struggling and I keep telling him, 'It's simple, go get the basketball.' "Maybe it goes the other way a year ago. Conference Champion: 29 Times (Reg. "They were playing me tough and I turned it over. Collin Gillespie scored 20 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. "I didn't come here to prove anything," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? ", Notre Dame used a strong second half, which saw them outscore UConn 45-36 thanks to Chris Thomas scoring 22 of his season-high 31 points, to down the fifth-ranked Huskies. Coach: Jim Calhoun "We just kind of kept our heads up and kept going hard. Conference Finish: 9th 10 Wildcats to a 68-60 victory over UConn on Saturday. It makes it fun for everyone out there on the court. Justin Moore and Jermaine Samuels each added 11 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 9-2 Big East), who clamped down defensively in the second half. In the 1997-98 season, UConn went 32-5 (15-3 Big East), sweeping the conference regular season and tournament titles before earning a No. Louisville beat UConn again, behind Gorgui Dieng's 13-point, 12-rebound double-double and Peyton Siva's 15 points. "We wanted to show the world that we're still UConn," Kemba Walker said, according to the AP. Kemba Walker scored 31 points on an inefficient 10-of-27 shooting and the Huskies shot just 31.7 percent from the field. He's a big-time player and I had to step up to the challenge," Emeka Okafor said, according to the AP. "I was thinking of previous seniors and then it was my turn." It really feels good to play against Georgetown. 1 seed Duke by one point. "It's the first time all year that it was not fun coaching a team that was lackluster. ", In a national championship game between a No. UConn's starters combined to score just 21 points as the top-ranked Huskies lost for the first time of the season. ", Shabazz Napier finished with a game-high 26 points, most importantly a game-winning jumper from the free throw line as the buzzer sounded. "That's the most special feeling ever." Shabazz Napier made a run at a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists after scoring just two points in the first 20 minutes and finishing 3-for-11 from the field. Swingman Mike McKay made a statement as a scorer even in the high-powered ranks of UConn guards. "It's just good to see that those guys' confidence is getting higher, and that's what we need," Walker said, according to the AP. Get the latest UConn Basketball news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report No. "I don't have a lot of words to explain it," Gordon said, according to the AP. "A new-look Connecticut team won its season opener in classic Jim Calhoun style — with rebounding and defense," reported the AP. 25 Tennessee Record-Journal; UConn women’s basketball to play at No. Aided by critical minutes off the bench from Souleymane Wane, who entered the game after center Jake Voskuhl was sent to the bench with two fouls, UConn beat Georgetown on the road. The Huskies beat the No. The UConn men’s basketball team has suspended team activities for a second time this fall following another positive coronavirus test in the program. UConn finished the season on an 11-game winning streak as Kemba Walker scored 16 points in the national championship game. ", Niels Giffey scored a career-high 24 points, including six threes, as UConn beat Memphis for the third team of the season, beating the Tigers by 19 points in the first round of the AAC tournament. "Their perimeter guys dominated the basketball game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "I try to emulate everything that he does. "DeAndre's a scorer, and once you feel that you have that confidence, the next shot's going to go in," Shabazz Napier said, according to the AP. J.W. Kemba Walker exploded for a career-high 42 points, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 16-point win. UConn never trailed in the national title game and led by as many as 15 points, before Kentucky cut the deficit to one with just over eight minutes left. 9 nationally and its defense ranked No. UConn defended its homecourt to give No. ", Point guard Taliek Brown had a standout performance with 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks, while Emeka Okafor had 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as UConn scored 56 points in the first half and beat Georgetown by 24. "I'm just trying to do the best I can do," Walker said, according to the AP. "We always knew we had a lot of offensive weapons, but the thing we worry about most is defense," Gordon said, according to the AP. UConn didn't score in the final seven-plus minutes but still won, beating No. I just have to stick with it and show him I can play. As a result, the season was over for the Huskies. "Sometimes it's tough to know when to take the shot and when not to," Lamb said, according to the AP. Seas. "The best player in my opinion for his team made another winning shot, a big-time shot," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. The UConn women's basketball team have topped the UCLA men's basketball team's 88-game winning steak by winning 89 straight games. But UConn posted a plus-20 advantage on the road, including 21 offensive rebounds, while making 11 more free throws (17) than Boston College attempted (six). I just had to ignore them. Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and an 18-1 run late in the first half allowed the Huskies to score 52 points before halftime. 2021 NC rifle championship selections announced, Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners. Five years after UConn won its first men's basketball national championship, the Huskies won their second. "There was no single deciding factor, but look at UConn's bench," reported the Hartford Courant. This was the first Final Four without a top seed since 2006 (No. ", UConn suffered its worst loss of the season, 31 points, on the road at No. I don't care if you score another basket, but you need to pick your energy level up. "If Salmons' shot had gone down, [Miami] would certainly have deserved to win as much as we did," Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. We made some very poor choices on offense and we didn't go a good job the whole game of taking away their post play.". "I'm disappointed because I didn't see character and spirit in the second half," Tom Izzo said, according to the Hartford Courant. ", Playing Boston College for the first time in eight years, UConn won by two, thanks to Ryan Boatright's free throws in the last eight seconds, then he blocked a shot at the buzzer to secure the win. ", Jim Calhoun improved to 5-1 at the Final Four as UConn held Kentucky to 33 percent shooting, including a nearly six-minute scoreless drought late in the second half, as the Huskies won by one point to advance to the national championship game. Find out the latest on your favorite NCAAB teams on CBSSports.com. ", Kemba Walker had done some amazing things already in the 2010-11 season but against UMBC, he recorded his first-ever triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. 10 seed in only its second NCAA tournament appearance. UConn won the Maui Invitational after beating a top-10 foe for the second day in a row. The 1999 tournament was also notable for Gonzaga's run to the Elite Eight as a No. "We had Kemba offensively, and you had very little else," Jim Calhoun said. The Red Storm made just 3-of-32 shots in the first half, or nine percent. UConn beat DePaul in the opening round of the Big East tournament, ending a six-year drought. "Growing up I wanted to be Superman," Napier said, according to the AP. Conferences: 20 Pittsburgh. Kemba Walker broke the tournament scoring record by scoring 19 points, which earned him MVP honors. Even though Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough fouled out with more than eight minutes left, the Fighting Irish won by three after outscoring the Huskies by six after halftime. ", UConn scored 54 of its 95 points before halftime as seven different Huskies made at least one 3-pointer in a win over Maine. Provided by: … 2 seed Freeman had nine points and six rebounds after averaging 21.5 points in the first two tournament games. Those guys' confidence, it's hot now. "We are way ahead," Walker said, according to the AP. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 5:18AM. 8 seed, the veteran Huskies beat the young Wildcats behind Shabazz Napier's 22 points, six rebounds and three assists. Emeka Okafor was limited by foul trouble in the first half as he spent most of the half on the bench, had five points and three rebounds, while playing great defense, in the final four minutes to finish with 18 and seven for the game. And that's what he did. "The Mountaineers struggled to get their field-goal percentage close to 30. ", Emeka Okafor didn't play in his team's first game in the Big East tournament due to back spasms but the Huskies still won in his absence thanks to Ben Gordon's 29 points. Conference: Big East 10 Villanova has been a powerhouse in college basketball ever since UConn the Big East left in 2013. Join our linker program. UConn led by as many as 32 points as the Huskies didn't show any signs of fatigue after winning five games in five days. "I thought we had a chance when it was 18 seconds to go and down by four. Under second-year head coach Kevin Ollie, UConn won its fourth men's basketball national championship in a 16-year span, just three years after the Huskies' previous title. 10 Nevada making the Sweet 16, but No. "Coming down to the last possession like that. The big guys are going to be better. In its 10th game of the season, No. Or write about sports? Former UConn men's basketball coach Donald "Dee" Rowe, who served for more than five decades as an ambassador for the school's athletic department and as a mentor for coaches including Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma, died Sunday. The duo had 30 points combined before halftime, including 11 points from Gordon in the first 11 minutes. "We had the tempo we wanted and the defense allowed that. UConn's field-goal percentage was as shade below 40 percent as the Huskies made 23-of-58 shots, highlighted by Richard Hamilton's nine-point performance on just 4-of-15 shooting in his return from injury. "Everybody is going to determine their own fate," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. 3 seed UConn dropped from the AP Top 25 poll after losing two games in a row and three of its last five but the Huskies got back in the win column against the Crimson. Height: 6-5 Avg. "The second half we got a little sloppy and complacent, but we composed ourselves, so overall I was pleased," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. UConn says it has postponed its next two men's basketball games, including Thursday's scheduled contest with No. The Huskies have won 4 NCAA Tournament Championships (1999, … Emeka Okafor was honored on senior night, even though he was just a junior, because he was on track to graduate and as the AP preseason player of the year, UConn knew it was likely his last season in Storrs. "You can't beat them off the first option. After not being ranked at the Maui Invitational, UConn climbed to No. "Of course, Coach had his reasons. "UConn had had my number. "Watching all the games, all the Big East teams were getting knocked off one by one," Alex Oriakhi said, according to the AP. 21 Times (Preseason), 16 Times (Final), 345 Weeks (Total). "The word 'terrific' doesn't come to mind, but the word 'lousy' doesn't either," Jim Calhoun said after UConn's five-point win, according to the Hartford Courant. 1 seed Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, as the Huskies finished the decade ranked sixth nationally in NCAA tournament wins with 20. "Now we're back. "We're the captains on this team, so who else is going to step up?" "I try to look at body language," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. UConn's leading scorers Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor both scored 25 points as the duo combined for 50 points compared to Ball State's 62. UConn won its first national title by upsetting fellow top seed Duke in the 1999 NCAA tournament championship game. ", UConn dropped its second game in a row, this one coming in a top-five matchup on the road. We gutted out a win. We begin with the 1998-99 season. They were able to do maybe the best job of anybody on Emeka, but he didn't respond the way he usually responds. 1 UConn in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. UConn led for more than 39 minutes as the Huskies controlled the game. Schwartz (1919-21): . 24 — Shabazz Napier, Charlotte Hornets, Keifer Lammi, 6-3, guard: 0.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, Dave Vandal, 6-2, guard: 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, No. Several games after Emeka Okafor recorded the fourth triple-double in school history, Ben Gordon recorded the fifth, with 17 rebounds, a career-high 16 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists. 10 UConn by 17. 7 Minnesota, No. UConn became the first squad since Kentucky in 1996 to start the season ranked No. Here's everything you need to know about UConn's 2011 national championship team. 7 in the AP poll. DePaul missed its first 10 shots — two attempts from all five starters — as UConn nearly doubled up DePaul in the first half, 39-20. "If you want to be good, if you want to be great then you can't play like that. ", Kemba Walker scored 22 points in the second half, finishing with 36, to put away No. The 2017–18 UConn Huskies men's basketball team represented the … "If you're not moved by his competitive instincts, then you're dead or you don't know what you're watching.". I thought we were able to use our talent and our speed. Kemba Walker led the team in scoring, with 18 points, just like he had in every game so far this season, but he had help from Alex Oriakhi, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. The Tar Heels scored 50 points before halftime to take a 14-point lead into the break. Offensively, they were great at 3-point shooting (40.2%) and offensive rebounding (40.8 rebounding percentage) and they won the national championship despite shooting just 62.3 percent from the free throw line (315th nationally) and forcing turnovers on just 16.6 percent of opponents' offensive possessions (322nd nationally). Albert Mouring scored a team-high 13 points, while Khalid El-Amin had 12 and Richard Hamilton added 11 after scoring just one point in the first half. "We have faced 160 straight minutes of matchup zone," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. UConn fell to 1-2 in conference play as Notre Dame and Ben Hansbrough held Kemba Walker to 19 points, almost eight fewer than his season average. 6. Shabazz Napier was just 2-for-11 from the field at one point early in the second half but he finished with 26 points after scoring 20 after halftime. Get the latest news and information for the Connecticut Huskies. "We definitely enjoyed the crowd today. Guys bought in to what Coach Calhoun is trying to do with this program, and it's working out for us." UConn finished just two games above .500 in the 2009-10 season, going 18-16 (7-11 Big East), and didn't qualify for the NCAA tournament. "His will to win — you could just see it," Michigan State's Gary Harris said, according to the AP. Former Sacred Heart University sophomore guard, Cane Broome, will transfer to UC with two years of eligibility beginning the 2017-2018-basketball season. "It would have been a lot different with one more play by them or one less play by us. Conference Finish: 2nd He knows how to take advantage of space if you give him space.". 7 seed and a No. ", UConn had no issue getting to the Elite Eight by jumping out to a 45-27 halftime lead against Vanderbilt as Ben Gordon had a 20-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance. 7 Cincinnati won its 15th game in a row thanks to 26 points and 12 rebounds from Sean Kilpatrick. A first-half 18-point deficit was too much for UConn men’s basketball to surmount as it fell to the Seton Hall Pirates, 80-73.. UConn scored 41 points in both halves in the final conference game between UConn and Rutgers. UConn took great care of the ball, committing just six turnovers, while Memphis had 18. Get the latest news and information for the Connecticut Huskies. ", UConn swept Memphis in the regular season thanks to Shabazz Napier scoring a career-high 34 points, while his backcourt running mate Ryan Boatright added 21, including eight in overtime. That's what it's all about. "I love seeing him make plays," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. "We learned we can dig down deep and pull it out no matter what," Napier said, according to the AP. ", Top-seeded Florida entered the Final Four on a 30-game winning streak but the Huskies knocked off the rolling Gators by 10 points. "I want to help our team rebounding, and that's our blueprint right there. "This was definitely, definitely a gem." "No one can alter a game the way he alters a game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. 17 team. 3 Pitt. "I love having games like this," Walker said, according to the AP. Got a great school. "Going wire-to-wire is one of the hardest things you can do, and it wasn't just the beginning of the year for us," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. Toughness is making one more step to help a teammate. ", After Kemba Walker had been snubbed for Big East Player of the Year and he wasn't even a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection, he scored 28 points to pass Rip Hamilton for fourth on UConn's single-season scoring list with 748 points. Sulking didn't do any good so I'm striving to continue to play and get better and get some minutes on the court.". UConn coach Kevin Ollie was ejected early in the second half. ", Kemba Walker had a 33-point, 12-rebound double-double as UConn knocked off Syracuse in overtime. Click or tap here for a printable bracket. "We still had enough time and talent to win the game, but we put ourselves in a position we didn't need to be in.". 1 in the AP poll and win the national championship. Gonzaga and Baylor remain atop The Associated Press men's basketball poll for the seventh consecutive week in the regular season, while UConn returns to … ", UConn capped off its incredible Big East tournament run by winning its fifth game in five days to win the conference tournament, knocking off Louisville in the championship game. UConn's defense put the clamps on Houston, which didn't score more than 22 points in either half. "I don't think any other program can think they have more than us," SMU coach Larry Brown said, according to the AP. I think Rip is a terrific shooter, but I also think he can make plays. ", UConn prevented one loss from turning into two as the Huskies turned to a zone defense to hold off the Bulls in overtime. "If he is going to make 3-point shots, we can live with that. One of their most notable wins came in the Round of 32, upsetting 35-0 Wichita State. "They are a terrific defensive team," Ryan Boatright said, according to the AP. 2 Stanford and No. "He wasn't going to let his team lose. In the season opener and for the first of four times in UConn's non-conference schedule, the Huskies won by a single possession. For the second game in a row, Kemba Walker scored at least 30 points with a huge jumper in the final minute. ), 8 Times (Tourn.) Years Exp: 1.7 Averages weighted by minutes played High School Parade All-Americans: Ricky Moore, Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Edmund Saunders 91.4% of minutes played and 92.8% of scoring return from 1997-98 roster UConn benefited in what was a controversial decision as center Jake Voskuhl appeared to bobble the ball while taking a few steps before teammate Khalid El-Amin called a timeout, with UConn nursing a four-point lead late in the game. Luckily, Dropo was an incredible athlete and had three chances to go pro. "About the best thing that can be said for Connecticut's 53-48 Big East victory over Seton Hall yesterday at the Meadowlands Arena is that the second-ranked Huskies have learned how to survive a worst-case scenario," wrote the Daily News' Dick Weiss. "Guys were like, 'My man is not scoring and I'm not coming out of this game.'". Tasker (1921-22): . "It's good to see the city excited for Cincinnati basketball again," Cincinnati's Titus Rubles said, according to the AP. Full Connecticut Huskies schedule for the 2020-21 season including dates, opponents, game time and game result information. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick missed a layup in the closing seconds. SMU beat UConn for the second time in the regular season as the rolling Mustangs got their 11th win in their previous 13 games. "They ask why I love him so much as a competitor," Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. We were not a tough team tonight. "Both of us have never shot that well in any one game this year," Gordon said, according to the AP. 3 seed and won the school's third national championship. UConn has won four NCAA men's Division I college basketball championships: The following is a season-by-season look at each of these championships, including stats, rosters, full-game replays and a game-by-game recap of each season. Kevin Freeman was named the Big East tournament's Most Outstanding Player, in part because he held St. John's star Ron Artest to 2-of-7 shooting in the first half. Conference Finish: 3rd Once again, Ben Gordon had 29 points without his running mate. Somehow, despite trailing by four points with nine seconds left, UConn pulled off a one-point win on the road against No. ", Arizona's Jamelle Horne missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as UConn held off Arizona to advance to the Final Four behind 20 points from Kemba Walker and 19 from Jeremy Lamb. Seas. 7 seed Record: 32-9 (9-9) 5 seed. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. "Because my teammates also benefit from it. For many college basketball fans, one of the more memorable and unlikely national champions was UConn's 2011 team, which wasn't ranked in the preseason AP poll, finished 9th in the Big East with a 9-9 conference record and lost four of five games entering the Big East tournament. Hamilton was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, while El-Amin and Moore were also named to the All-Tournament Team. We're not [intentionally] giving up layups to do that, but it did make the game go faster.". The UConn Huskies men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball team of the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut.They currently play in the Big East Conference (Big East) and are coached by Dan Hurley.. 1 team in the country," according to the AP. Kemba Walker scored 30 points while the other four starters combined to score just 13 points. ", UConn blitzed Alabama in the first half, nearing outscoring the Crimson Tide in the first half, 53-29, thanks to a 17-4 run to end the half. It was a realy ugly game for us, but we just went to 'Mek' a lot and just rode him down the stretch. Only two Huskies had more than five points until the final minutes. Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points in the first half and finished with 19, while Alex Oriakhi had 13 points and 19 rebounds. After making the Elite Eight in 1990, 1995 and 1998, UConn closed the decade with its first-ever Final Four appearance in 1999 and the Huskies capitalized by winning the national championship. All-time UConn men's basketball team. Justin Moore and Jermaine Samuels each added 11 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 9-2 Big East), who clamped down defensively in the second half. As a result, the season was over for the Huskies. "We were outplayed, out-coached, out-everythinged. 2 team in the country," Miami coach Leonard Hamilton said, according to the Hartford Courant. On March 9, 2013, UConn and Providence played a game at Gampel Pavilion that UConn won 63-59 in overtime. Overall, I'd say we found a way to win in a difficult environment." Okafor returned from his back injury and Denham Brown tied his career-high with 22 points. "I thought we got caught up in shooting a lot of threes in a couple games, but now we're getting back to basics, and we're getting to the rim," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. Walker finished with 29 points as the Huskies scored 50 points in the first half, then hung on in the second half for a 17-point win. Ranked in AP Poll: 21 Times (Preseason), 16 Times … "That was one of the best combination games we've played," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. 2 on kenpom.com, only behind the Duke team the Huskies beat in the Final Four. UConn, Villanova men’s basketball: A colorful, 80-year-old rivalry filled with thrilling finishes, star power UConn men have tough, but clearer path to the NCAA Tournament with James Bouknight back "These brothers, these young guys, have just given me a thrill beyond compare. "Ben was doing all the scoring, the cheerleading," Emeka Okafor said, according to the AP. SEC Men's Basketball Box Score: Statistics from the UConn Huskies vs. Vanderbilt Commodores played on Dec 1, 2020 That's a pretty good indication they kicked our butts. "I think the man upstairs just gave us the talent to do that today. The official 2020-21 Men's Basketball Roster for the University of Connecticut Huskies "There was never any point where you could honestly say it looked like UConn was going to lose this game," reported The Central New Jersey Home News. ", After scoring just 19 points combined in UConn's first three games, forward DeAndre Daniels had 24 points against Boston University. 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