2009–10 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2009–10 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
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NIT, Second Round
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2009–10 record 18–16 (7–11 Big East)
Head coach Jim Calhoun
Assistant coach George Blaney
Assistant coach Andre LaFleur
Assistant coach Patrick Sellers
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Syracuse 15 3   .833     30 5   .857
#6 West Virginia 13 5   .722     31 7   .816
#9 Villanova 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
#18 Pittsburgh 13 5   .722     25 9   .735
Marquette 11 7   .611     22 12   .647
Louisville 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
#14 Georgetown 10 8   .556     23 11   .676
Notre Dame 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
South Florida 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Seton Hall 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
Cincinnati 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Connecticut 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
St. John's 6 12   .333     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Providence 4 14   .222     12 19   .387
DePaul 1 17   .056     8 23   .258
2010 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2010[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2009–2010 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Huskies were coached by Jim Calhoun and played their home games at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and on campus at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 18–16, 7–11 in Big East play and lost in the first round of the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. They were invited to the 2010 National Invitation Tournament and advanced to the second round before losing to Virginia Tech.

Preseason[edit]

Senior Jerome Dyson and sophomore Kemba Walker were named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team while senior Stanley Robinson garnered All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades.

Roster changes[edit]

UConn was hit hard due to the graduation of starters Jeff Adrien, A. J. Price, and Craig Austrie. They were also without center Hasheem Thabeet who decided to enter the NBA at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel
F
Boston, MA Tilton School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Oct 1, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Alex Oriakhi
C
Lowell, MA Tilton School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Aug 11, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Darius Smith
G
Chicago, IL Marshall Metropolitan HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Mar 30, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Jamaal Trice
G
Durham, NC Mt. Zion Christian Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Jan 1, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 8
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
2009/11/4* 7:00 p.m. American International College #12 XL CenterHartford, CT W 106–67  10,770
2009/11/8* 1:00 p.m. UMass Lowell (D II) #12 Gampel PavilionStorrs, CT W 88–50  8,357
Regular season
2009/11/13* 7:30 p.m. William & Mary #12 Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT WTNH, SNY W 75–66  9,719 1–0
2009/11/16* 9:00 p.m. Colgate #12 Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
ESPNU W 77–63  8,562 2–0
2009/11/17* 7:00 p.m. Hofstra #12 Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
WCTX, SNY W 76–67  8,713 3–0
2009/11/25* 7:00 p.m. LSU #13 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
ESPN2 W 81–55  NA 4–0
2009/11/27* 5:00 p.m. #7 Duke #13 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(NIT Season Tip-Off)
ESPN2 L 68–59  13,179 4–1
2009/12/2* 7:00 p.m. Boston University #14 XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY W 92–64  11,502 5–1
2009/12/6* 1:00 p.m. Harvard #14 Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT WTNH, SNY W 78–73  9,194 6–1
2009/12/9* 9:30 p.m. #4 Kentucky #14 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(SEC/Big East Invitational)
ESPN L 64–61  15,874 6–2
2009/12/20* 1:00 p.m. Central Florida #14 XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY W 60–51  13,685 7–2
2009/12/22* 1:00 p.m. Maine #11 XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY W 71–54  11,366 8–2
2009/12/27* 2:00 p.m. Iona #11 XL Center • Hartford, CT ESPNU W 93–74  13,867 9–2
2009/12/30 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati #10 Fifth Third ArenaCincinnati, OH ESPN2 L 71–69  10,409 9–3 (0–1)
2010/1/2 12:00 p.m. Notre Dame #10 XL Center • Hartford, CT ESPNU W 82–70  16,294 10–3 (1–1)
2010/1/6 9:00 p.m. Seton Hall #13 Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT WCTX, SNY W 71–63  9,522 11–3 (2–1)
2010/1/9 12:00 p.m. #12 Georgetown #13 Verizon CenterWashington, DC ESPN L 72–69  15,654 11–4 (2–2)
2010/1/13 7:00 p.m. #16 Pittsburgh #15 XL Center • Hartford, CT ESPN2 L 67–57  15,290 11–5 (2–3)
2010/1/17* 1:30 p.m. Michigan #15 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI CBS L 68–63  13,536 11–6 (2–3)
2010/1/20 7:00 p.m. St. John's XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY W 75–59  14,213 12–6 (3–3)
2010/1/23* 4:00 p.m. #1 Texas Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT CBS W 88–74  10,167 13–6 (3–3)
2010/1/27 7:00 p.m. Providence #19 Dunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RI WCTX, SNY L 81–66  11,136 13–7 (3–4)
2010/1/30 12:00 p.m. Marquette #19 XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY L 70–68  14,338 13–8 (3–5)
2010/2/1 7:00 p.m. Louisville Freedom HallLouisville, KY ESPN L 82–69  19,655 13–9 (3–6)
2010/2/6 8:00 p.m. DePaul Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT WCTX, SNY W 64–57  10,167 14–9 (4–6)
2010/2/10 7:00 p.m. #2 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ESPN L 72–67  24,847 14–10 (4–7)
2010/2/13 12:00 p.m. Cincinnati XL Center • Hartford, CT WCTX, SNY L 60–48  14,605 14–11 (4–8)
2010/2/15 7:00 p.m. #3 Villanova Wachovia CenterPhiladelphia, PA ESPN W 84–75  18,123 15–11 (5–8)
2010/2/20 4:00 p.m. Rutgers RACPiscataway, NJ WCTX, SNY W 76–58  8,085 16–11 (6–8)
2010/2/22 7:00 p.m. #8 West Virginia XL Center • Hartford, CT ESPN W 73–62  15,082 17–11 (7–8)
2010/2/28 7:00 p.m. Louisville Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT CBS L 78–76  10,167 17–12 (7–9)
2010/3/3 7:00 p.m. Notre Dame Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN ESPN L 58–50  9,149 17–13 (7–10)
2010/3/6 2:00 p.m. South Florida USF Sun DomeTampa, FL CBS L 75–68  8,317 17–14 (7–11)
Big East Tournament
2010/3/9 2:30 p.m. St. John's Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Opening Round)
ESPN2 L 73–51  19,375 17–15
2010 National Invitation Tournament
2010/3/16 7:00 p.m. Northeastern Gampel Pavilion • Storrs, CT
(First Round)
ESPN2 W 59–57  5,571 18–15
2010/3/22 7:00 p.m. at Virginia Tech Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA
(Second Round)
ESPN L 65–63  6,983 18–16
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 55 Bailey(W), KyleKyle Bailey(W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Lancaster, NH
G 2 Beverly, DonnellDonnell Beverly 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Hawthorne, CA
G 3 Borton(W), KennyKenny Borton(W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Bolton, CT
F 4 Coombs-McDaniel, JamalJamal Coombs-McDaniel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Dorchester, MA
G 11 Dyson, JeromeJerome Dyson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Potomac, MD
F 33 Edwards, GavinGavin Edwards 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Sr Gilbert, AZ
F 22 Hornat(W), AlexAlex Hornat(W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr South Windsor, CT
F 5 Majok, AterAter Majok 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Fr Sydney, Australia
C 32 Mandeldove, JonathanJonathan Mandeldove 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Stone Mountain, GA
C 35 Okwandu, CharlesCharles Okwandu 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Jr Lagos, Nigeria
F/C 34 Oriakhi, AlexAlex Oriakhi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Lowell, MA
F 21 Robinson, StanleyStanley Robinson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Birmingham, AL
G 24 Smith, DariusDarius Smith 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Fr Chicago, IL
F 23 Stewart(W), BenjaminBenjamin Stewart(W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Denver, CO
G 13 Trice, JamaalJamaal Trice 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Los Angeles, CA
G 15 Walker, KembaKemba Walker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) So Bronx, NY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 1-19-10

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Alex Oriakhi Charles Okwandu Jonathan Mandeldove
F Gavin Edwards Ater Majok
F Stanley Robinson Jamal Coombs-McDaniel Alex Hornat Benjamin Stewart
G Jerome Dyson Darius Smith Jamaal Trice
G Kemba Walker Donnell Beverly Kyle Bailey Kenny Borton

Rankings[edit]

Week-to-Week Rankings
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Ranking Movement
Poll [2] Preseason
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Week 18
Final
AP 12 12 13 14 14 14 11 10 13 15 27 19 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Coaches 14 13 13 13 12 14 11 10 13 15 21 19 RV RV -- -- -- -- --

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2009-10." ESPN.com. Retrieved 03-25-10.
  2. ^ 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings ESPN. Retrieved 2010-01-18.