2005–06 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2005–06 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
Big East Regular Season Champions
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 2
2005–06 record 30–4 (14–2 Big East)
Head coach Jim Calhoun (20th year)
Assistant coach Tom Moore
Assistant coach George Blaney
Assistant coach Andre LaFleur
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
Seasons
2005–06 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Connecticut 14 2   .875     30 4   .882
#3 Villanova 14 2   .875     28 5   .848
#22 West Virginia 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Marquette 10 6   .625     20 11   .645
#23 Georgetown 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
#16 Pittsburgh 10 6   .625     25 8   .758
Seton Hall 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Cincinnati 8 8   .500     21 13   .618
#21 Syracuse 7 9   .438     23 12   .657
Rutgers 7 9   .438     19 14   .576
Louisville 6 10   .375     21 13   .618
Notre Dame 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
DePaul* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
Providence* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
St. John's* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
South Florida* 1 15   .063     7 22   .241
2006 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2006[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2006 Big East Tournament.

The 2005–06 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2005–06 collegiate men's basketball season. The Huskies completed the season with a 30–4 overall record. The Huskies were members of the Big East Conference where they finished with a 14–2 record and were the regular season champions. They made it to the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Huskies played their home games at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut and the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and they were led by twentieth-year head coach Jim Calhoun.[2][3]

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jeff Adrien
PF
Brookline, Massachusetts Brewster Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 18, 2004 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Craig Austrie
SG
Stamford, Connecticut Trinity Catholic HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Mar 28, 2005 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Andrew Bynum
C
Metuchen, New Jersey St. Joseph HS 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Oct 26, 2004 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Robert Garrison
PG
Niagara Falls, New York Niagara Falls HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jul 21, 2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Marcus Johnson
SF
Los Angeles Westchester Senior HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 19, 2004 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 25   Rivals: 10
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

Listed are the student athletes who are members of the 2005–2006 team.[4]

# Name Position Year
4 Jeff Adrien Forward Fr
31 Rashad Anderson Guard Sr
11 Hilton Armstrong Forward Sr
24 Craig Austrie Guard Fr
21 Josh Boone Forward Jr
33 Denham Brown Forward Sr
55 Nick Forostoski Forward Sr
35 Marty Gagne Guard Jr
25 Rob Garrison Guard Fr
22 Rudy Gay Forward So
1 Marcus Johnson Forward Fr
32 Ed Nelson Forward Sr
45 Osazee Omokaro Forward Sr
10 Ben Spencer Guard So
13 Ryan Thompson Guard Sr
5 Marcus Williams Guard Jr

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/3/2005*
No. 2 Bryant W 109–62 
Hartford Civic Center 
Hartford, Connecticut
11/9/2005*
No. 2 Concordia W 106–47 
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, Connecticut
Regular season
11/19/2005*
 ESPNU
No. 2 at Pepperdine W 75–56  1–0
Firestone Fieldhouse (3,210)
Malibu, California
11/21/2005*
 ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Arkansas
Maui Invitational Tournament
W 77–68  2–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/22/2005*
 ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 8 Arizona
Maui Invitational Tournament
W 79–70  3–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/23/2005*
 ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 9 Gonzaga
Maui Invitational Tournament
W 65–63  4–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Maui, HI
11/29/2005*
 WTXX
No. 3 Army W 68–54  5–0
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
12/2/2005*
 WTIC
No. 3 Texas Southern W 113–49  6–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
12/8/2005*
 ESPN2
No. 3 UMass W 78–60  7–0
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
12/18/2005*
 WTXX
No. 2 New Hampshire W 86–44  8–0
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
12/23/2005*
 WTIC
No. 2 Morehead State W 129–61  9–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
12/28/2005*
 WTXX
No. 2 Stony Brook W 85–52  10–0
Hartford Civic Center (15,528)
Hartford, Connecticut
12/30/2005*
 WTIC
No. 2 Quinnipiac W 111–75  11–0
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
1/3/2006
 WTIC
No. 2 at Marquette L 79–94  11–1 (0–1)
Bradley Center (15,831)
Milwaukee
1/7/2006*
 CBS
No. 2 LSU W 67–66  12–1
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
1/9/2006
 ESPN
No. 4 Cincinnati W 70–59  13–1 (1–1)
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
1/14/2006
 WTXX
No. 4 Georgetown
Rivalry
W 74–67  14–1 (2–1)
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
1/16/2006
 ESPN
No. 3 at No. 20 Syracuse
Rivalry
W 88–80  15–1 (3–1)
Carrier Dome (26,805)
Syracuse, New York
1/21/2006
 ESPN
No. 3 at No. 15 Louisville W 71–58  16–1 (4–1)
Freedom Hall (20,091)
Louisville, Kentucky
1/25/2006
 WTXX
No. 1 St. John's W 66–50  17–1 (5–1)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
1/28/2006
 WTIC
No. 1 at Providence W 76–62  18–1 (6–1)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,993)
Providence, Rhode Island
1/31/2006
 WTXX
No. 1 No. 9 Pittsburgh W 80–76  19–1 (7–1)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
2/4/2006*
 CBS
No. 1 at No. 21 Indiana W 88–80  20–1
Assembly Hall (17,324)
Bloomington, Indiana
2/8/2006
 ESPN
No. 1 Syracuse
Rivalry
W 73–50  21–1 (8–1)
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
2/11/2006
 WTIC
No. 1 at Seton Hall W 99–57  22–1 (9–1)
Continental Airlines Arena (13,996)
East Rutherford, New Jersey
2/13/2006
 ESPN
No. 1 at No. 4 Villanova L 64–69  22–2 (9–2)
Wachovia Center (20,859)
Philadelphia
2/18/2006
 CBS
No. 1 at No. 11 West Virginia W 81–75  23–2 (10–2)
WVU Coliseum (14,683)
Morgantown, West Virginia
2/21/2006
 WTXX
No. 4 Notre Dame W 75–74  24–2 (11–2)
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, Connecticut
2/26/2006
 CBS
No. 4 No. 2 Villanova W 89–75  25–2 (12–2)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
3/1/2006
 WTXX
No. 2 at South Florida W 66–53  26–2 (13–2)
USF Sun Dome (9,636)
Tampa, Florida
3/4/2006
 CBS
No. 2 Louisville W 84–80  27–2 (14–2)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, Connecticut
Big East Tournament
3/9/2006
 ESPN
No. 2 vs. No. 22 Syracuse
Quarterfinals/Rivalry
L 84–86 OT 27–3
Madison Square Garden (19,594)
New York City
NCAA Tournament
3/17/2006*
 CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (16) Albany
First Round
W 72–59  28–3
Wachovia Center (19,990)
Philadelphia
3/19/2006*
 CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (8) Kentucky
Second Round
W 87–83  29–3
Wachovia Center (19,990)
Philadelphia
3/24/2006*
 CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. 17 (5) Washington
Sweet Sixteen
W 98–92 OT 30–3
Verizon Center (19,638)
Washington, D.C.
3/26/2006*
 CBS
No. 2 (1) vs. No. (11) George Mason
Elite Eight
L 84–86 OT 30–4
Verizon Center (19,718)
Washington, D.C.
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

Their Elite Eight matchup found themselves facing the George Mason Patriots. The Patriots were able to defeat the top-seeded Huskies, 86–84 in overtime, in what is recognized as one of the most memorable games in tournament history.

  • East
    • Connecticut 72, Albany 59
    • Connecticut 87, Kentucky 83
    • Connecticut 98, Washington 92
    • George Mason 86, Connecticut 84

[5]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 8 Rudy Gay Houston Rockets
1 12 Hilton Armstrong New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
1 22 Marcus Williams New Jersey Nets
1 23 Josh Boone New Jersey Nets

[6]

Denham Brown was also drafted in the second round by the Seattle Sonics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005-06 Big East Conference Season Summary: Standings" sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11-14-2013.
  2. ^ 2015-16 Connecticut Basketball History (PDF). UConn Huskies. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Davis, Ken (September 30, 2010). The University of Connecticut Basketball Vault: The History of the Huskies. Atlanta: Whitman LLC. ISBN 0794828035. 
  4. ^ UCONN Men's Basketball – University of Connecticut Official Athletic Site
  5. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=2006
  6. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=2006