"Their perimeter guys dominated the basketball game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. This is UConn’s fourth national title. ", After two losses in a row, UConn righted the ship by beating Cincinnati on the road as Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 16 points after halftime. "Georgia Tech handled us in every way. "We are way ahead," Walker said, according to the AP. "I got right in his face," Ollie said, according to the AP. Walker finished 8-for-23, including 0-for-5 from 3-point range. "We threw the ball away five times just to make sure the coach got his blood pressure up as high as he could," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. 7 Minnesota, No. The 1999 tournament was also notable for Gonzaga's run to the Elite Eight as a No. They finished with 48 points on the road on 10-of-14 3-point shooting. "I like the effort on the glass, without question. Below is UConn's kenpom.com profile from 2014. "I didn't see anything like this coming," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. "We don't have no superstars on this team and that helps us out a lot, because we know anybody can take that last shot," Siva said, according to the AP. That's a very good basketball team.". "I was thinking of previous seniors and then it was my turn." The UConn women's basketball team have topped the UCLA men's basketball team's 88-game winning steak by winning 89 straight games. 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. NCAA Women's Basketball: Westbrook sparks No. ", No. The Huskies had a 20-10 record, but were ineligible for any postseason play due to low APR scores between 2007 and 2011. "I'd be lying to you if I said I saw 20 points and eight rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. After the season, the Huskies lost five players, most of whom made a minimal statistical contribution: UConn then added one freshman to its roster in the fall of 1998: 6-8 Stanley Ocitti. 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. ", St. John's' Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 33 points as the Red Storm scored 54 points in the second half to down No. "We kept feeding him, and he got super hot." They're a deeper team and getting a guy like that in foul trouble may not be as big an effect as one would think. It was Miami's eighth loss in a row. UConn coach Jim Calhoun missed the game with "virus-like" symptoms, according to the AP, leaving assistant coach Dave Leitao in charge once again. At one point in the first half, Washington led by 14. "Quite frankly, I never felt we would lose the game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. The Huskies ran off a 14-2 run and led by as many as 17, while the AP Preseason Player of the Year Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win. "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. 88 in a row was in the books, Geno Auriemma finally let loose: He thinks some people are rooting against his record-setting players because We took bad shots. NCAA Tournament Seed: No. 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've been waiting for this one," McNamara said, according to the AP. Shabazz Napier, who missed a shot at the end of regulation, scored nine points in overtime to finish with 24. "We definitely enjoyed the crowd today. "You could see that having those instant points from Mouring off the bench makes a big difference to that team," Pitt coach Ralph Willard said. On March 9, 2013, UConn and Providence played a game at Gampel Pavilion that UConn won 63-59 in overtime. 2021 NC rifle championship selections announced, Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners. 2 and we're No. See our database of forfeits and vacated games. Rowe's combined 21-year head coaching record at Worcester Academy and UConn was 300-132, including 120-88 at Connecticut. "They played great, physical defense," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "We have some terrific bigs and Memphis has some terrific bigs, but at the end of the day, the guards can make so much happen on the perimeter and break defenses down.". Hamilton was out with a thigh bruise and in his absence, Khalid El-Amin scored 23 points with five assists and five steals. "If he is going to make 3-point shots, we can live with that. 22 – Marcus Williams, New Jersey Nets, No. "Freeman was that Thursday. "We had Kemba offensively, and you had very little else," Jim Calhoun said. He's a big-time player and I had to step up to the challenge," Emeka Okafor said, according to the AP. 1 seed "It would have been a lot different with one more play by them or one less play by us. ", Despite playing without center Jake Voskuhl, UConn scored 44 points in the second half to beat Syracuse by 12 on the road, securing an outright regular-season championship. Butler made just 12-of-64 shots, or 18.8 percent, the worst-ever in the national championship game. The Huskies really slowed opponents down defensively, as opponents spent an average of 18.7 seconds on offense per possession, which was the 294th slowest defensive tempo in the country. Shabazz Napier scored 25 points for the Huskies. Pittsburgh beat us at Pittsburgh, and we want to redeem ourselves, so we're not going to let no fatigue beat us. He was 0-for-6 and took just three shots inside the arc. Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and an 18-1 run late in the first half allowed the Huskies to score 52 points before halftime. "It did worry me a little bit. 3 seed UConn, No. "He's been struggling and I keep telling him, 'It's simple, go get the basketball.' Below is UConn's kenpom.com profile from 2004. "But I think they also got caught up playing our game. I just had to ignore them. "I didn't notice.". 7, they don't get extra points to start the game off. ", 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. The Huskies beat the No. Okafor finished with a 25-point, 15-rebound double-double while Ben Gordon added 23 points. ", Niels Giffey scored a career-high 16 points, while Shabazz Napier led the way with 26, including a career-best seven 3-pointers. ", After losing to Georgia Tech, No. I just wanted to win this game so bad my heart took over. 24 – Shabazz Napier, Charlotte Hornets, No. "He wasn't going to let his team lose. UConn opened the game on a 17-0 run in the first seven minutes. NEW YORK -- After win No. Okafor returned from his back injury and Denham Brown tied his career-high with 22 points. In UConn's regular-season finale, the Huskies lost by 11 on the road to the Orange in their final loss of the season. We just didn't have enough. "He's been in the gym every night. 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. Coach: Kevin Ollie It was seen.". UConn held St. John's to just 16 points in the first half as Emeka Okafor was two rebounds shy of a 20-20 game with 22 points and 18 rebounds. "Ben Gordno was absolutely incredible," Villanova coach Jay Wright said, according to the AP. All that stuff is just paying off now. "We were outplayed, out-coached, out-everythinged. Meet the newest men's basketball player at UConn, Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island to join the Huskies this week. Ben Gordon, who had carried UConn for two games without Emeka Okafor on the floor, hit a game-winning jumper in the final 30 seconds to beat No. Kemba Walker scored 22 points in the first half and finished with 31 — half of DePaul's team total. 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. If I can help our team rebound, we're going to win. 37 – DeAndre Daniels, Toronto Raptors. Shabazz Napier missed three shots in the last 40 seconds, each with the chance to put his team ahead, and Omar Calhoun's potential game-winning three on UConn's last possession was off the mark. Vermont led 7-0 early and the game was tied 24-all later in the first half before UConn took a 37-27 lead into halftime. When he starts making plays, Ricky [Moore] is better. We didn't want him in the post making shots inside." That's something we've been known for for years. "They are a terrific defensive team," Ryan Boatright said, according to the AP. 1 seed Texas 82-78. 3 seed "You have got to have guards in this game," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. UConn won its second national championship in four years in 2014, beating Kentucky 70-64 in the title game. "We could not stop Gordon.". DeAndre Daniels broke out for a career-high 31 points, while Shabazz Napier added 27, as the Huskies shot 53 percent from the floor, including 12-of-23 3-pointers. "We knew the coach's spirit was there.". UConn was elite at offensive rebounding (37.2 offensive rebounding percentage, seventh nationally), defending shots on the interior (42.4 2-point percentage, seventh nationally), shot-blocking (13.6 block percentage, 19th nationally) and keeping opponents off the free throw line (26.8 FTA/FGA percentage, 10th nationally). The Huskies tied the record with their sixth conference tournament title and Gordon broke Allen Iverson's Big East tournament scoring record with 81 points in three games. "I could detect that they weren't sharp. "We definitely want that to be our identity. UConn won its first national title by upsetting fellow top seed Duke in the 1999 NCAA tournament championship game. "Before and during the games, friends and family were shouting my name. These four winners then finished out the 64-team bracket. "I'm just trying to do the best I can do," Walker said, according to the AP. "I love seeing him make plays," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. It makes it fun for everyone out there on the court. The 2017â18 UConn Huskies men's basketball team represented the â¦ ", UConn scored 54 of its 95 points before halftime as seven different Huskies made at least one 3-pointer in a win over Maine. "We had our chances to win," Kentucky coach John Calipari said, according to the AP. "Of course, Coach had his reasons. "There was no single deciding factor, but look at UConn's bench," reported the Hartford Courant. Conference: Big East "When those tough games come around, if I'm not on, I think some of those guys, especially the young guys, will come along. 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 Conference Finish: 2nd The Huskies couldn't have had a worse shooting performance, making just 1-of-10 3-poionters, 10-of-30 free-throw attempts and 25-of-66 shots from the field. Richard Hamilton had a tremendous performance with 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds and six assists with five 3-pointers and a perfect 7-for-7 mark from the free-throw line. ", Kemba Walker scored 22 points in the second half, finishing with 36, to put away No. "This was definitely, definitely a gem." Height: 6-5 Avg. UConn dropped back-to-back games as the Huskies took a one-point lead into the break, 33-32, before the Mustangs took a 42-32 advantage in second-half scoring. Conference: Big East All four have come in the last 15 years. After the 2003 season, UConn lost four seniors: The Huskies then enrolled three freshmen in the fall of 2003: UConn won its second national championship in 2004, led by Final Four Most Outstanding Player Emeka Okafor. Former Sacred Heart University sophomore guard, Cane Broome, will transfer to UC with two years of eligibility beginning the 2017-2018-basketball season. "We just kept it rolling," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. Coach: Jim Calhoun 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. "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. The game was tied 32-32 at halftime but Syracuse outscored UConn 35-24 in the second half. We just proved it to other people. "We had flashes of being exceptional," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "I can't think of the last time that we went 10 straight minutes in a zone," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "We were tough and we were good. Albert Mouring scored a career-high 18 points, while Edmund Saunders had 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks. 5 seed. "We kind of got real laid back and stopped playing defense," Ben Gordon said, according to the AP. J.W. "I couldn't be happier with our performance," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "Because my teammates also benefit from it. 7 Villanova in this top-10 matchup. The game was tied 25-all at halftime but UConn's reserves struggled when Richard Hamilton and Jake Voskuhl went to the bench. "It was a great win," Kevin Ollie said, according to the AP. "That's the kind of team we've struggled with in the past, a team that tried to grind us down. Freeman had been snubbed from the three All-Big East teams just days earlier. 5 UConn in Storrs. 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