|University||University of Connecticut|
|All-time record||1,587-887 (.641)|
|Head coach||Kevin Ollie (2nd year)|
|Arena||Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
(Capacity: 10,167, 16,294)
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|1999, 2004, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1999, 2004, 2009, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1964, 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1956, 1964, 1976, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1951, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2011|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1941, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006|
The Connecticut 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 American Athletic Conference (The American).
The Huskies have won 3 NCAA Tournament Championships (1999, 2004 and 2011), which ties the program for sixth-most all-time. The Huskies have also won seven Big East Tournament Championships and ten Big East regular season titles. Numerous players have gone on to achieve professional success after their time at UConn, including Ray Allen and Rudy Gay. The Huskies have participated in 4 NCAA Final Fours and appeared in the NCAA tournament 31 times. The team has been a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament 5 times, most recently in 2009.
Men's basketball at UConn began in 1901 with a single game played by Connecticut Agricultural College against Windham High School in January of that year. The college team won, and by 1903 basketball was a varsity sport.
After graduating from the Connecticut Agricultural College, former player Hugh Greer returned to his alma mater as a freshman coach. He was later named head coach of the Huskies six games into the 1946–47 season. Greer led Connecticut to a perfect 12–0 mark for the remainder of his first season. Posting a record of 16–2, this was the best single season finish in school history to that point. UConn won twelve Yankee Conference titles under Greer in 16 completed seasons, including ten consecutive titles from 1951–60. Greer also led UConn to its first seven NCAA berths and one NIT appearance while compiling an overall head coaching record of 286–112. Greer died of a heart attack in 1963, ten games into the 1962–63 season. He was replaced by George Wigton who led them to the NCAA tournament. UConn men's basketball was a regional power under Greer, winning eighteen Yankee Conference championships between 1947 and 1975—when the Yankee Conference dropped support of basketball—including twelve by Greer.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Connecticut remained a regional power and earned multiple NCAA tournament berths. In 1979, UConn became one of the seven founding schools of the Big East Conference, which was created to focus on basketball.
Prior to the 1986–87 season UConn hired Northeastern head coach Jim Calhoun to take over the program. Calhoun's first team finished the season with a record of 9–19. In 1988, the team showed significant improvement and gained a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. UConn went on a run in the tournament and defeated Ohio State 72–67 at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT, the school's first national basketball title.
The 1990 "Dream Season" would bring UConn basketball back to the national stage. Led by Chris Smith, Nadav Henefeld, Scott Burrell, Tate George, and John Gwynn, UConn went from unranked in the preseason to winning the Big East Regular Season and Tournament Championships, both for the first time. 1990 also marked the opening of Gampel Pavilion, the program's new on-campus home. In the NCAA Tournament the Huskies garnered a #1 seed in the East Region, but trailed Clemson 70–69 with 1 second remaining in the Sweet 16. Burrell's full-court pass found Tate George on the far baseline. George spun, fired, and hit a buzzer-beater that is known in Connecticut simply as "The Shot". They would be eliminated on a buzzer-beater 2 days later by Duke, losing in overtime 79–78.
UConn continued to rise as a national program throughout the 1990s, winning five more Big East Regular Season and three more Big East Tournament Championships, as well as reaching several regional finals. The Final Four still eluded Calhoun and the program until the 1999 NCAA Tournament. With Richard "Rip" Hamilton leading the way, they claimed the program's first national title that same year. Calhoun's teams would go on to win two more national championships during his tenure at UConn.
Calhoun was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, and officially announced his retirement in September 2012.
After the breakup of the old Big East in 2013, UConn remained as a member of the American Athletic Conference, the legal successor to the original conference. It is therefore the only charter member of the original Big East still playing in that conference.
The Huskies were the top seed in the West region, and a win over Gonzaga in the regional final sent UConn to Tropicana Field for the program's first Final Four appearance. They defeated Ohio State 64–58 in the semi-final to face off against Duke in the final. Despite having been ranked #1 for half of the year, the Huskies entered the national championship game as 9-point underdogs.
UConn won their first national title with a 77–74 victory. Hamilton was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
|1999 NCAA Tournament|
|Round #1||#16 Texas-San Antonio||91-66|
|Round #2||#9 New Mexico||78-56|
|Sweet 16||#5 Iowa||78-68|
|Elite 8||#10 Gonzaga||67-62|
|Final Four||#4 Ohio State||64-58|
In 2004, the Huskies returned to the Final Four. Once again they faced Duke, this time in the National Semifinal, and used a late run to beat the Blue Devils 79–78. Two nights later, led by Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, Connecticut won their second national title with an 82–73 victory over Georgia Tech. Okafor was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
One day later the UConn women's basketball team also won a national title, making UConn the first and only school in NCAA Division I history to have its men's and women's basketball programs win a national championship in the same season.
|2004 NCAA Tournament|
|Round #1||#15 Vermont||70-53|
|Round #2||#7 Depaul||72-55|
|Sweet 16||#6 Vanderbilt||73-53|
|Elite 8||#8 Alabama||87-71|
|Final Four||#1 Duke||79-78|
|Championship||#3 Georgia Tech||82-73|
The 2011 Huskies won eleven straight games in postseason play, the final six of which resulted in the program's third national championship. On April 4, 2011, they defeated the Butler Bulldogs, 53-41. UConn junior Kemba Walker was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Many consider UConn's win in the Championship Game to be a great defensive performance, as the Huskies held Butler to only 18.8% shooting from the field (a record for field goal percentage defense in a championship game) and tied a title game record with ten blocked shots. An analysis by Sports Illustrated columnist Luke Winn credited the Huskies' defense by demonstrating, for instance, that they blocked or altered a staggering 26.6% of Butler's shots - compared to just 3.8 percent by Pittsburgh and 12.1 percent by VCU in earlier rounds. The 53 points scored by Connecticut was, in turn, the lowest point total by a winning team in a championship game since 1949.
|2011 NCAA Tournament|
|Round #1||#14 Bucknell||89-52|
|Round #2||#6 Cincinnati||69-58|
|Sweet 16||#2 San Diego State||74-67|
|Elite 8||#5 Arizona||65-63|
|Final Four||#4 Kentucky||56-55|
Seeding since the 1990 edition.
Seeds in bold indicate NCAA Champions.
On December 26, 2006, UConn announced the inaugural inductees into the "Huskies of Honor" recognition program. The class comprised 13 players and 3 coaches. The "Huskies of Honor" class was officially unveiled at a halftime ceremony during a game between UConn and Syracuse on February 5, 2007. Former athletic director John Toner was inducted on February 28, 2009. On April 5, 2011, Kemba Walker was the first men's basketball player to be added to the Huskies of Honor since the inaugural inductees after leading the team to a national championship.
The Huskies of Honor are each notarized by a four by five foot panel which displays his name, jersey number and years of service, and a plaque which summarizes each's career accomplishments. Both the panels and the plaques are on permanent display at Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT.
National Coach of the Year
Consensus First Team All-Americans
National Defensive Player of the Year
Big East Coach of the Year
Big East Defensive Player of the Year
Big East Tournament MVP
Since the 1990s, UConn has been recognized as being a consistent pipeline for players to enter the National Basketball Association. During the 2006–2007 season, there were an NBA-high 14 former Huskies on active rosters. During the 2013-14 Season, 13 former Huskies were on active NBA rosters.
UConn has had 13 players selected as lottery picks in the NBA Draft:
|UConn Lottery Picks|
|Donyell Marshall||1994||4||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Ray Allen||1996||5||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Richard Hamilton||1999||7||Washington Wizards|
|Caron Butler||2002||10||Miami Heat|
|Emeka Okafor||2004||2||Charlotte Bobcats|
|Ben Gordon||2004||3||Chicago Bulls|
|Charlie Villanueva||2005||7||Toronto Raptors|
|Rudy Gay||2006||8||Houston Rockets|
|Hilton Armstrong||2006||12||New Orleans Hornets|
|Hasheem Thabeet||2009||2||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Kemba Walker||2011||9||Charlotte Bobcats|
|Andre Drummond||2012||9||Detroit Pistons|
|Jeremy Lamb||2012||12||Houston Rockets|
NBA Players Past and Present