2010–11 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2010–11 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
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NCAA National Champions
NCAA West Regional Champions
Big East Tournament Champions
Maui Invitational Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, W, 53–41 vs. Butler in NCAA National Championship Game
Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 10
2010–11 record 32–9 (9–9 Big East)
Head coach Jim Calhoun (25th year)
Assistant coach George Blaney
Assistant coach Andre LaFleur
Assistant coach Kevin Ollie
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Seasons
2010–11 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Pittsburgh 15 3   .833     28 6   .824
#5 Notre Dame 14 4   .778     27 7   .794
*#12 Syracuse 12 6   .667     27 8   .771
#14 Louisville 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
#18 St. John's 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Cincinnati 11 7   .611     26 9   .743
#22 West Virginia 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Georgetown 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
#10 Connecticut 9 9   .500     32 9   .780
Villanova 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Marquette 9 9   .500     22 15   .595
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     13 18   .419
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Providence 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
South Florida 3 15   .167     10 23   .303
DePaul 1 17   .056     7 24   .226
2011 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2011[1]
*Syracuse:: 7 wins vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed record: Syracuse–(27–8)(10–6); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2010–2011 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.
The Huskies entered the year unranked and picked to finish tenth in the Big East. In November, they won the Maui Invitational Tournament for the second time. They finished the Big East regular season in a tie for ninth place at 9–9. Led by Kemba Walker who scored a tournament record 130 points, they became the first school to win five conference tournament games in as many days in claiming their seventh Big East Tournament title. By winning the tournament, they were awarded an automatic berth into the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They advanced to their fourth Final Four with a 65–63 victory over Arizona and advanced to their third National Championship game with a 56–55 victory over Kentucky and beat Butler 53–41 for their first championship since 2004 and third since 1999.

Before the season[edit]

The Huskies were coming off of a tumultuous 2009–10 season in which they failed to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second time in four years, and amidst an NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations involving Nate Miles. As a result of the investigation, assistant coaches Patrick Sellers and Beau Archibald resigned from their positions.[2] Later that summer, Kevin Ollie was hired to take Sellers' role as assistant coach,[3] and Glen Miller was brought on as Director of Basketball Operations, replacing Archibald.[4] Both men have previous links with Jim Calhoun. Ollie played for the Huskies under Calhoun from 1991–95, while Miller was an assistant coach under Calhoun from 1986 until 1992.
In addition to the coaching changes, the Huskies also needed to replace three graduating starters: Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson and Gavin Edwards. Reserve forward Ater Majok also left the school before the season began.[5]
Prior to the start of the season, the Huskies were picked by both the Big East coaches and writers to finish tenth in the conference.[6][7] The team was not ranked in the top 25 in any major national poll, although they did receive votes in the Preseason AP Poll.[8]
With regards to individual honors, Kemba Walker was selected to the Preseason All Big East first team,[9] and was named to both the Wooden and Naismith award preseason watchlists.[10][11]

Recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Michael Bradley
C
Chattanooga, TN Tyner Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 13, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Niels Giffey
SF
Berlin, Germany Alba Berlin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Jeremy Lamb
SG
Norcross, GA Norcross H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sep 15, 2009 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Shabazz Napier
PG
Roxbury, MA Lawrence Academy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Apr 29, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Tyler Olander
PF
Storrs, CT E.O. Smith H.S. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Mar 25, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Roscoe Smith
SF
Baltimore, MD Oak Hill Academy (VA) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jan 8, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Enosch Wolf
C
Germany Wilbraham & Monson Academy 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 250 lb (110 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 18   ESPN: 20
  • 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]

2010–11 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 21 Bailey, KyleKyle Bailey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Lancaster, NH
G 2 Beverly (C), DonnellDonnell Beverly (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Hawthorne, CA
F/C 25 Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley Current redshirt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Chattanooga, TN
F 4 Coombs-McDaniel, JamalJamal Coombs-McDaniel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Dorchester, MA
G/F 5 Giffey, NielsNiels Giffey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Berlin, Germany
G/F 3 Lamb, JeremyJeremy Lamb 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Norcross, GA
G 13 Napier, ShabazzShabazz Napier 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Roxbury, MA
F 10 Olander, TylerTyler Olander 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Mansfield, CT
C 35 Okwandu, CharlesCharles Okwandu 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Sr Lagos, Nigeria
F/C 34 Oriakhi, AlexAlex Oriakhi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Lowell, MA
F 22 Smith, RoscoeRoscoe Smith 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Baltimore, MD
F 23 Stewart, BenjaminBenjamin Stewart 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Denver, CO
G 15 Walker (C), KembaKemba Walker (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Jr Bronx, NY
C 1 Wolf, EnoschEnosch Wolf 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Göttingen, Germany
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: January 23, 2010

Regular season[edit]

After a pair of exhibition games, the Huskies began the regular season with non-conference wins over America East teams, Stony Brook and Vermont. In the win against Vermont, Kemba Walker tied a UConn XL Center record by scoring 42 points.[12]
The team next travelled to Hawaii to play in the 2010 Maui Invitational Tournament. They last participated in the tournament in 2005, when they won the championship. To open the current tournament, they played Wichita State. Walker scored 29 of his 31 points in the second in the 83–79 win.[13] The victory meant they would match up with Michigan State, who was ranked No. 2 in the AP poll at the time. Walker scored 30 points, the third straight game that he eclipsed the 30 point mark, as the Huskies won 70–67.[14] In the championship game, the Huskies outscored Kentucky 21–2 at the end of the first half, and defeated the Wildcats, 84–67.[15] Walker, who scored 29 points in the final, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. His 90 points was just three points short of the Maui Invitational record.[16] Alex Oriakhi was also named to the all-tournament team.

Postseason[edit]

The Huskies entered the Big East Tournament as the No. 9 seed, just missing the cut to earn a First round bye. UConn went on to win five games in five consecutive days to earn the Tournament Championship, and an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In the Big East Tournament, UConn defeated four teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.[17]

UConn received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. They continued their winning streak all the way to the National Championship, finishing the season with eleven consecutive wins. As a result of having to play 5 games to win their conference tournament, they became the first team in Division I history to play 41 games in a season.

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 3*
7:30 pm
American International W 96–58 
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
November 7*
1:00 pm
Bridgeport W 103–57 
XL Center 
Hartford, CT
Regular Season
November 12*
7:00 pm, SNY
Stony Brook W 79–52  1–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (8,319[18])
Storrs, CT
November 17*
7:00 pm, SNY
Vermont W 89–73  2–0
XL Center (10,216[18])
Hartford, CT
November 22*
3:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Wichita State
Maui Invitational Quarterfinal
W 83–79  3–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400[18])
Lahaina, HI
November 23*
7:00 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 2 Michigan State
Maui Invitational Semifinal
W 70–67  4–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400[18])
Lahaina, HI
November 24*
10:00 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 9 Kentucky
Maui Invitational Final
W 84–67  5–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400[18])
Lahaina, HI
November 30*
7:30 pm, SNY
No. 9 New Hampshire W 62–55  6–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (8,558[18])
Storrs, CT
December 3*
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 9 UM-Baltimore County W 94–61  7–0
XL Center (10,591[18])
Hartford, CT
December 8*
7:30 pm, SNY
No. 6 Fairleigh Dickinson W 78–54  8–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (8,241[18])
Storrs, CT
December 20*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 4 Coppin State W 76–64  9–0
XL Center (10,193[18])
Hartford, CT
December 22*
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 4 Harvard W 81–52  10–0
XL Center (11,255[18])
Hartford, CT
December 27
8:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 at No. 6 Pittsburgh L 63–78  10–1 (0–1)
Petersen Events Center (12,725[18])
Pittsburgh, PA
December 31
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 4 South Florida W 66–61 OT 11–1 (1–1)
XL Center (12,599[18])
Hartford, CT
January 4
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 8 at No. 14 Notre Dame L 70–73  11–2 (1–2)
Joyce Center (7,291[18])
South Bend, IN
January 8*
3:30 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at No. 12 Texas W 82–81 OT 12–2
Frank Erwin Center (16,734[18])
Austin, TX
January 11
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 10 Rutgers W 67–53  13–2 (2–2)
XL Center (12,527[18])
Hartford, CT
January 15
2:00 pm, SNY
No. 10 at DePaul W 82–62  14–2 (3–2)
Allstate Arena (9,581[18])
Rosemont, IL
January 17
3:30 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 7 Villanova W 61–59  15–2 (4–2)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167[18])
Storrs, CT
January 22*
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 8 Tennessee W 72–61  16–2
XL Center (16,294[18])
Hartford, CT
January 25
9:00 pm, SNY
No. 5 at Marquette W 76–68  17–2 (5–2)
Bradley Center (15,476[18])
Milwaukee, WI
January 29
12:00 pm, SNY
No. 5 No. 23 Louisville L 78–79 2OT 17–3 (5–3)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167[18])
Storrs, CT
February 2
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 No. 17 Syracuse
Rivalry
L 58–66  17–4 (5–4)
XL Center (16,294[18])
Hartford, CT
February 5
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6 at Seton Hall W 61–59  18–4 (6–4)
Prudential Center (10,001[18])
Newark, NJ
February 10
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at St. John's L 72–89  18–5 (6–5)
Madison Square Garden (13,652[18])
New York, NY
February 13
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 10 Providence W 75–57  19–5 (7–5)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167[18])
Storrs, CT
February 16
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 13 No. 9 Georgetown
Rivalry
W 78–70  20–5 (8–5)
XL Center (16,294[18])
Hartford, CT
February 18
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 at No. 16 Louisville L 58–71  20–6 (8–6)
KFC Yum! Center (22,776[18])
Louisville, KY
February 24
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 14 Marquette L 67–74 OT 20–7 (8–7)
XL Center (14,622[18])
Hartford, CT
February 27
12:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 14 at Cincinnati W 67–59  21–7 (9–7)
Fifth Third Arena (11,246[18])
Cincinnati, OH
March 2
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 at West Virginia L 56–65  21–8 (9–8)
WVU Coliseum (13,241[18])
Morgantown, WV
March 5
2:00 pm, ESPN
No. 16 No. 8 Notre Dame L 67–70  21–9 (9–9)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167[18])
Storrs, CT
2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
March 8
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 21 vs. DePaul
First round
W 97–71  22–9
Madison Square Garden (19,375[18])
New York, NY
March 9
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 22 Georgetown
Second round/Rivalry
W 79–62  23–9
Madison Square Garden (19,375[18])
New York, NY
March 10
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh
Quarterfinals
W 76–74  24–9
Madison Square Garden (19,375[18])
New York, NY
March 11
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 11 Syracuse
Semifinals/Rivalry
W 76–71 OT 25–9
Madison Square Garden (19,375[18])
New York, NY
March 12
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 14 Louisville
Championship Game
W 69–66  26–9
Madison Square Garden (19,375[18])
New York, NY
2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 17*
7:20 pm, TNT
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. (14-W) Bucknell
Second round
W 89–52  27–9
Verizon Center (17,706[18])
Washington, DC
March 19*
9:40 pm, TBS
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. (6-W) Cincinnati
Third round
W 69–58  28–9
Verizon Center (18,684[18])
Washington, DC
March 24*
7:15 pm, CBS
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. 6 (2-W) San Diego State
Sweet Sixteen
W 74–67  29–9
Honda Center (17,980[18])
Anaheim, CA
March 26*
7:05 pm, CBS
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. 17 (5-W) Arizona
Elite Eight
W 65–63  30–9
Honda Center (17,856[18])
Anaheim, CA
April 2*
6:49 pm, CBS
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. 11 (4-E) Kentucky
Final Four
W 56–55  31–9
Reliant Stadium (75,421[18])
Houston, TX
April 4*
9:00 pm, CBS
No. 9 (3-W) vs. No. (8-SE) Butler
National Championship Game
W 53–41  32–9
Reliant Stadium (70,376[18])
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
2011[19] 1 9 Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats
2012[20] 1 12 Jeremy Lamb Oklahoma City Thunder (acquired via trade from the Houston Rockets)
2013[21] 2 57 Alex Oriakhi Phoenix Suns
2014[22] 1 24 Shabazz Napier Miami Heat (acquired via trade from the Charlotte Hornets)

Notes[edit]

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  3. ^ Katz, Andy (July 2, 2010). "Ollie says he's joining UConn's staff". ESPN. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Divver, Mark (July 2, 2011). "UConn adds former Brown coach Glen Miller to staff". The Providence Journal. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ O'Neil, Dana (September 1, 2010). "Majok gives UConn more bad news". ESPN. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh Chosen As BIG EAST Hoops Favorite". Bigeast.org. Published 10-20-2010. Retrieved 05-28-2011
  7. ^ "Pitt picked to win Big East, Syracuse picked to finish 3rd in Post-Standard's annual preseason writers poll". Syracuse.com. Published 10-19-2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011
  8. ^ "NCAA Division I: AP Top 25 (Oct. 28)". ESPN. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Freeman Selected BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year". Bigeast.org. Published 10-20-2010. Retrieved 05-28-2011
  10. ^ "Wooden Award Preseason 2010–11 Watch List". FanHouse. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original on December 9, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "DUKE UNIVERSITY LEADS A DIVERSE PACK ON THE NAISMITH PRESEASON WATCH LIST". Naismith Award. December 16, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 14, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Borges, David (November 17, 2011). "UCONN MEN'S BASKETBALL: They'll Rememba Kemba; Walker matches record with 42 in win over Vermont". New Haven Register. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "UConn's Kemba Walker scores 29 of his 31 points in second half". ESPN. November 22, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Kemba Walker's 30 points power Huskies past second-ranked Spartans". ESPN. November 23, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ Marshall, John (November 25, 2010). "Walker leads UConn to Maui title over Kentucky". Associated Press. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Kemba Walker scores 29 points as UConn upsets Kentucky, wins Maui Invitational". ESPN. November 25, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings – AP Top 25 Week 18 (Mar. 7)". ESPN. March 7, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao "Season Schedule/Results & Leaders". University of Connecticut. 
  19. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=2011
  20. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_2012.html
  21. ^ http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/062813aaa.html
  22. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_2014.html