"They are really an outstanding team with their length and the size up front, and their ability to change shots. "They flew across the country to face a stern test, a Stanford behemoth with rippling musculature, a rip-roaring fandom and a rolling basketball court. "It really wasn't much different," Khalid El-Amin said, according to the AP. It makes it fun for everyone out there on the court. -- The Creighton men's basketball team tied a program record on Monday as it was ranked in a 17th straight Associated Press poll. Conference Tournament Finish: Conference champion ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Kentucky Wildcats last night, 60-54, to win the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball championship. He's been up early to lift weights. Senior point guard Shabazz Napier scored 22 against the Wildcats to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. "Their perimeter guys dominated the basketball game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. Swingman Mike McKay made a statement as a scorer even in the high-powered ranks of UConn guards. "I didn't notice.". Find out the latest game information for … ), 8 Times (Tourn. It was SMU's first home game in the AAC and the Mustangs' first win over a ranked team since 2003. "They made me work for every basket. ), 8 Times (Tourn.) ", 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. 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. Coach: Jim Calhoun "UConn had had my number. "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. "I was able to get myself going and knock a couple of shots down," Daniels said, according to the AP. UConn had won a record 18 straight Big East games and 27 straight games at home. ", Jeremy Lamb exploded for a career-high 24 points as UConn mounted a 13-0 run late in the second half to beat Marquette on the road. UConn showed multiple defenses, including a three-quarter court trap, a half-court trap and full-court man-to-man as the Huskies forced the Wildcats into 20 turnovers, including 12 before halftime. They just stayed and they were resilient, and they played hard.". Guard Ricky Moore scored nine of UConn's first 15 points, while Richard Hamilton made 10-of-22 attempts to score a game-high 27 points and Khalid El-Amin hit what proved to be the game-winning shot. Kemba Walker scored 22 points in the first half and finished with 31 — half of DePaul's team total. 1 seed Texas 82-78. 10 nationally in terms of adjusted efficiency. UConn became the first squad since Kentucky in 1996 to start the season ranked No. ", UConn doubled up Coppin State on the boards 58-29, which was necessary for the win after the Huskies made just 41 percent of their shots. "The Mountaineers struggled to get their field-goal percentage close to 30. "So Kemba, who's been our scorer, became our initiator. "It was something to remember," he said, according to the AP. Six UConn players scored in double figures, led by Kevin Freeman and Richard Hamilton with 17 points apiece. Coming down the stretch in February every game is big and you want to start proving things to yourself. Their offensive output was the lowest of the season in Big East competition. "I love seeing him make plays," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. SMU held UConn to 16 made field goals and just shy of 30-percent shooting. The Hartford Courant called UConn's Kevin Freeman the deciding factor. "I really can't. UConn made all 10 of its free throws, including two from Lasan Kormah with 25 seconds left, while Kentucky was just 13-of-24 from the line. 11 Louisville, which held UConn to just 18 points in the first half. "At times I didn't feel like I was even needed. "Every time we play hard, great things always happen to us," Walker said, according to the AP. 1 seed Duke by one point. 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). "We wanted to show the world that we're still UConn," Kemba Walker said, according to the AP. 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. Pittsburgh beat us at Pittsburgh, and we want to redeem ourselves, so we're not going to let no fatigue beat us. "I'm just happy we won, and to get the MVP, this is the best moment of my life." 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 UConn women's basketball team have topped the UCLA men's basketball team's 88-game winning steak by winning 89 straight games. "I want to help our team rebounding, and that's our blueprint right there. This week's poll has the Bluejays tabbed as the nation's No. "We had the tempo we wanted and the defense allowed that. Benham Brown also set a career-high with 22 points. Daniels was the only UConn player to make a shot for almost nine minutes in the second half as he started 6-for-6 after halftime. UConn and Kentucky were two of five teams seeded seventh or lower to reach the Sweet 16 along with No. In its 10th game of the season, No. After winning an outright Big East regular-season championship, UConn only escaped Seton Hall by one point in the first round of the Big East tournament. As a team, UConn made 19 more free throws (32) than Wichita State attempted (13). "This was definitely, definitely a gem." "This wire-to-wire went September to April, and that's as hard as it gets.". The duo finished 20-for-24 from the free-throw line. The UConn women's basketball team have topped the UCLA men's basketball team's 88-game winning steak by winning 89 straight games. Collin Gillespie scored 20 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. UConn and Pittsburgh finished the Big East regular season with a conference-best 13-3 record and advanced to the tournament final. They had six future NBA players on their roster, led by juniors Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor, with just one senior among their top 10 scorers. ", UConn's six-game winning streak came to an end as No. "It's a hard place to play," Providence coach Tim Welsh said, according to the AP. We tried to play him big," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. At one point in the first half, Washington led by 14. "They dominated us in every which way. J.W. Kentucky — a No. 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. If I can help our team rebound, we're going to win. "Now we're back. Albert Mouring made a fadeaway, 22-footer and Khalid El-Amin sank a bucket in the lane to rip the victory from the jaws of Pitt, whose students were already celebrating, according to the AP. "We got (beat) physically and mentally," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. ", In a national championship game between a No. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. Ryan Boatright led the way wit 17, while DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun had 16 apiece. UConn led just 45-40 in the second half, when Khalid El-Amin was sent to the bench and the Huskies scored the next seven points to claim a double-digit lead. "This wasn't luck," 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. The Huskies kept climbing back into … "We just have a lot of balance," Calhoun said, according to the AP. "Guys were just continuing to work hard and that was exactly what we needed. UConn coach Kevin Ollie was ejected early in the second half. 17 Memphis on the road behind a second-half spurt that saw the Huskies turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 10-point win. Conference Finish: 3rd NCAA Tournament Region: West Region. 10 Wildcats to a 68-60 victory over UConn on Saturday. VCU, which played in the First Four, and Kentucky rounded out the Final Four in Houston. "His will to win — you could just see it," Michigan State's Gary Harris said, according to the AP. "These brothers, these young guys, have just given me a thrill beyond compare. Emeka Okafor comes along once in a lifetime.". "Growing up I wanted to be Superman," Napier said, according to the AP. ", After losing to Georgia Tech, No. They have been the best regular-season team … UConn and Pittsburgh finished the Big East regular season with a conference-best 13-3 record and advanced to the tournament final. Syracuse University Basketball all time series results, showing the record of the Syracuse Orange versus each opponent, with links showing a … Check out the latest UConn men's basketball stats and info here » Hurley’s way Since we don’t know exactly why Hurley suspended Sid Wilson, it’s hard to have an opinion on it. ", 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. 11 VCU). "But you can't take anything away from [UConn]. 13 Cincinnati in the AAC semifinals. UConn held Army to 15 points in the first half, while freshman Charlie Villanueva made his college debut and scored 16 points and Emeka Okafor had the fourth triple-double in school history with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a school-record-tying 10 blocks. "We just wanted to get something up, get to the basket," Walker said, according to the AP. ", 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. The Huskies' top three scorers — Khalid El-Amin (28 points), Richard Hamilton (25) and Kevin Freeman (12) — outscored Quinnipiac by five points. "Nobody in the country can change a game like that," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. The Wildcats became just the third 8-seed to play for the national championship since 1985. That is what we do. The 1999 tournament was also notable for Gonzaga's run to the Elite Eight as a No. Avg. 1 UConn in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. "I got right in his face," Ollie said, according to the AP. 1 seed Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, as the Huskies finished the decade ranked sixth nationally in NCAA tournament wins with 20. "We're the captains on this team, so who else is going to step up?" UConn says it has postponed its next two men's basketball games, including Thursday's scheduled contest with No. Once again, Ben Gordon had 29 points without his running mate. "You can't beat them off the first option. "Of course, Coach had his reasons. "We got our first road kill in the American Conference.". A List Of The All-Time UConn Men's Basketball Coaching Records John F. Donahue (1915-19): . Napier finished with a team-high 15 points, while DeAndre Daniels had 14 and Ryan Boatright added 13. 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.. ", Emeka Okafor nearly had his second triple-double of the season, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks as the Huskies nearly doubled up the Sooners in the first half, 39-20. 1 vs. No. The Huskies are one of the Friars' oldest New England rivals with the first match up on January 21, 1928 when UConn won, 29-21, in Storrs. No. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kromah each had 17 points and seven rebounds, while DeAndre Daniels had 16 points and seven rebounds, as the Huskies took a 17-point edge into halftime. "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. Myles Cale added 20 points, making three … Do you have a blog? – UConn Avery Point concluded the 2019-20 season with a final record of 16-14 and reached the semifinals of the Region XXI Tournament, where it lost to the eventual region champ, CCRI. "We've got a pretty good team and anytime one of us is injured or can't play we have more than enough guys that can back us up and make a positive contribution," Gordon said, according to the AP. Richard Hamilton was the team's leading scorer with 12 points on 4-for-16 shooting. 1 UConn by as many as 12 points inside Madison Square Garden as the Red Storm failed to knock off the top-ranked Huskies, just like they had No. ", UConn's Ricky Moore held Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves to six points on 2-of-15 shooting as Kevin Freeman and Khalid El-Amin combined for 23 points before halftime. It was just their second conference loss following a 7-1 start. There was no need to get worried." ", Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by Kemba Walker's 21, while freshman Roscoe Smith had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. 20 Pittsburgh. Napier made all 11 of his free-throw attempts while the Huskies held the Owls to 33 percent shooting from the field. "That was one of the best combination games we've played," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "Never did I imagine a team winning nine games in tournament play in 19 days," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. UConn Men's Basketball Use this forum to discuss UConn men's basketball recruiting; UConn's four national championships; Coach Dan Hurley; beer; pizza, dead animals in … We have to win our share. "They came to play, they wanted it and they got it," Walker said, according to the AP. "Everybody is talking about Miami now," Kevin Freeman said, according to the Hartford Courant. UConn pulled away from Washington after halftime, when Shabazz Napier scored 15 of his 20 points. "Coming down to the last possession like that. ", UConn lit up the scoreboard as five players scored in double figures. UConn led for more than 39 minutes as the Huskies controlled the game. The Huskies capped off a 51-point first half with a buzzer-beating three from Ryan Boatright. "I wasn't nervous," Okafor said, according to the AP. "We're missing shots, we're missing free throws. Freeman had nine points and six rebounds after averaging 21.5 points in the first two tournament games. Jim Calhoun became the fifth coach to win at least three men's basketball national championships as UConn won a low-scoring national championship game. They played without leading scorer Richard Hamilton and they never trailed," wrote the Hartford Courant's Michael Arace. The Huskies had a 20-10 record, but were ineligible for any postseason play due to low APR scores between 2007 and 2011. Click or tap here for a printable bracket. 2020 season schedule, scores, stats, and highlights. Record: 32-8 (12-6 AAC) Shabazz Napier, who missed a shot at the end of regulation, scored nine points in overtime to finish with 24. Got a great school. That's a pretty good indication they kicked our butts. 24 – Shabazz Napier, Charlotte Hornets, No. 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." 1 in the AP poll and win the national championship. UConn won its first-ever national championship by beating fellow No. Some freshmen on UConn's 2011 national championship team helped the school win another title as seniors, most notably guard Shabazz Napier. I can't even remember, and I don't forget many basketball games. 15 on kenpom.com, thanks to a defense that ranked No. 21 Times (Preseason), 16 Times (Final), 345 Weeks (Total). UConn lost to Louisville for the third time of the season as the Cardinals were propelled by Montrezl Harrell's 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. He was 91. Giffey said, according to the AP. "He showed why he's the best defensive player in the country. "They ask why I love him so much as a competitor," Jim Calhoun said, according to the Hartford Courant. 18 Syracuse to 31-percent shooting and 56 points, while Emeka Okafor had 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. This game is winnable.' Louisville's Peyton Siva had two key layups in the second overtime period to beat the Huskies by one. When he starts making plays, Ricky [Moore] is better. 39. "We were tough and we were good. UConn beat Butler for the national title — the Huskies' third championship. This was the first Final Four without a top seed since 2006 (No. UConn finished the 2003-04 season ranked No. That's something we've been known for for years. "Both of us have never shot that well in any one game this year," Gordon said, according to the AP. ", After losing to Georgia Tech by 16 points back in November in a game in which UConn couldn't buy a 3-pointer or free throw, the Huskies got their revenge in the national championship game thanks to 24 points from Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon's 21 points. NCAA Tournament Seed: No. The 17 straight weeks in the rankings equals the program record of 17 straight weeks, done from Feb. 27, 2012 - Feb. 4, 2013. "No one can alter a game the way he alters a game," Jim Calhoun said, according to the AP. "But I think they also got caught up playing our game. Your complete schedule for UConn Huskies men’s basketball. Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and an 18-1 run late in the first half allowed the Huskies to score 52 points before halftime. We didn't want him in the post making shots inside." "I wanted Shabazz [Napier] to run down some time so we would get the last shot. 5 UConn in Storrs. "The past month, we weren't the same team at times," Jim Calhoun said, according to The Miami Herald. "That's a great challenge for me. The Big East coaches had picked UConn to finish 10th in the conference in the preseason. 2 seed Brown scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:44 left, then freshman Josh Boone added a bucket 40 seconds later to put the Huskies up three. "We got off to a terrific start and we've hit a snag in the road and we have nine games to get ourselves in position. Kemba Walker broke the tournament scoring record by scoring 19 points, which earned him MVP honors. 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