2012–13 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2012-13 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
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Conference Big East Conference (1979–2013)
2012-13 record 20–10 (10–8 Big East)
Head coach Kevin Ollie (1st year)
Assistant coach George Blaney
Assistant coach Glen Miller
Assistant coach Karl Hobbs
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, XL Center
Seasons
2012–13 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Louisville 14 4   .778     35 5   .875
#8 Georgetown 14 4   .778     25 7   .781
#15 Marquette 14 4   .778     26 9   .743
#20 Pittsburgh 12 6   .667     24 9   .727
#16 Syracuse 11 7   .611     30 10   .750
#23 Notre Dame 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
Villanova 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
Connecticut* 10 8   .556     20 10   .667
Cincinnati 9 9   .500     22 12   .647
Providence 9 9   .500     19 15   .559
St. John's 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     15 16   .484
Seton Hall 3 15   .167     15 18   .455
South Florida 3 15   .167     12 19   .387
DePaul 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
2013 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2013[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Ineligible for postseason play due to APR penalties

The 2012–13 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represents the University of Connecticut in the 2012–2013 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Huskies split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies are a member of the Big East Conference. This season marked the first for new head coach Kevin Ollie, a former Husky, who replaced Jim Calhoun, who retired in September 2012 after 26 seasons as head coach.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished the 2011–12 season 20-14 overall, including 8–10 in Big East play. The Huskies, reigning champions of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 tournament by a number-8-seeded Iowa State.

Preseason developments[edit]

After the 2011–12 season, the Huskies were barred from postseason play for 2012–13 due to several years of poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.[2] They had already lost two scholarships for the 2011–12 season due to APR sanctions. As a result of the postseason ban, rising senior forward Alex Oriakhi announced he would transfer to Missouri for his final season of eligibility. Under NCAA rules, he can play immediately at Missouri because Connecticut's postseason ban covers his entire remaining eligibility.[3]

Two other players transferred. Redshirt freshman Michael Bradley initially planned to transfer to Western Kentucky, but was denied immediate eligibility by the NCAA, and chose instead to transfer to Vincennes, an Indiana junior college.[4] Rising junior Roscoe Smith was released from his scholarship[5] and ultimately transferred to UNLV.[6]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Bailey, KyleKyle Bailey 21 Guard 6'3" 175 Senior Lancaster, New Hampshire Graduated
Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley 25 Forward-center 6'10" 235 Freshman Chattanooga, Tennessee Transferred to Vincennes
Cochrane, P. J.P. J. Cochrane 14 Guard 6'2" 200 Senior Newtown, Connecticut Graduated
Drummond, AndreAndre Drummond 12 Center 6'10" 275 Freshman Middletown, Connecticut Declared for NBA Draft[7]
Lamb, JeremyJeremy Lamb 3 Guard-forward 6'5" 185 Sophomore Norcross, Georgia Declared for NBA Draft[8]
Oriakhi, AlexAlex Oriakhi 34 Forward-center 6'9" 245 Junior Lowell, Massachusetts Transferred to Missouri
Smith, RoscoeRoscoe Smith 22 Forward 6'8" 205 Sophomore Baltimore, Maryland Transferred to UNLV
Waite, EthanEthan Waite 40 Guard 5'10" 155 Senior East Hartford, Connecticut Graduated

Roster[edit]

2012–13 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 1 Wolf, EnoschEnosch Wolf 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr Göttingen, Germany
F 2 Daniels, DeAndreDeAndre Daniels 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Los Angeles, CA
F 3 Nolan, PhillipPhillip Nolan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Fr Milwaukee, WI
G 4 Allen, BrendanBrendan Allen 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 187 lb (85 kg) So Windsor, CT
G/F 5 Giffey, NielsNiels Giffey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Berlin, Germany
F 10 Olander, TylerTyler Olander 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Mansfield, CT
G 11 Boatright, RyanRyan Boatright 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Aurora, IL
G 12 Evans, R. J.R. J. Evans 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Salem, CT
G 13 Napier, ShabazzShabazz Napier 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Randolph, MA
G 21 Calhoun, OmarOmar Calhoun 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Brooklyn, NY
F 22 Tolksdorf, LeonLeon Tolksdorf 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Berlin, Germany
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: May 16, 2012

Regular season[edit]

UConn's Enosch Wolf defends against New Mexico's Demetrius Walker at the 2012 Paradise Jam Championship game

The Huskies traveled to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam Tournament in mid-November. UConn faced Wake Forest in the first round and won 77–71. The second game matched the Huskies against in-state Quinnipiac, coached by Tom Moore, who spent 13 years as a member of the UConn coaching staff.[9] UConn found itself in a ten-point deficit with under five minutes to go, and managed to tie the score by the end of regulation. The game went to two overtimes before UConn prevailed 89–83.[10]

In the Championship game, UConn came from nine points down to take a brief two-point lead with just over two minutes to go, but gave up nine straight points, and ended up with the loss 66–60. The Lobos hit all 21 of their free throw attempts in the game, leaving UConn in the runner-up position.[11][12][13]

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 1, 2012*
7:00 pm
American International W 78–63 
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (5,349)
Storrs, CT
November 6, 2012*
1:00 pm
UMass Lowell W 100–62 
XL Center (5,538)
Hartford, CT
Regular Season
November 9, 2012*
5:30 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 14 Michigan State
Armed Forces Classic
W 66–62  1–0
Ramstein Air Base (3,086)
Kaiserslautern, Germany
November 13, 2012*
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 23 Vermont W 67–49  2–0
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (7,962)
Storrs, CT
November 16, 2012*
6:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 23 vs. Wake Forest
Paradise Jam Quarterfinals
W 77–71  3–0
Sports and Fitness Center (2,673)
Saint Thomas, VI
November 18, 2012*
9:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 23 vs. Quinnipiac
Paradise Jam semifinals
W 89–83 2OT 4–0
Sports and Fitness Center (2,875)
Saint Thomas, VI
November 19, 2012*
10:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 21 vs. New Mexico
Paradise Jam Championship
L 60–66  4–1
Sports and Fitness Center (3,022)
Saint Thomas, VI
November 25, 2012*
4:00 pm, SNY
No. 21 Stony Brook W 73–62  5–1
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (8,474)
Storrs, CT
November 29, 2012*
7:00 pm, SNY
New Hampshire W 61–53  6–1
XL Center (8,705)
Hartford, CT
December 4, 2012*
9:00 pm, ESPN
vs. No. 25 NC State
Jimmy V Classic
L 65–69  6–2
Madison Square Garden (11,840)
Manhattan, NY
December 7, 2012*
7:00 pm, SNY
Harvard W 57–49  7–2
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (9,113)
Storrs, CT
December 17, 2012*
7:00 pm, SNY
Maryland–Eastern Shore W 84–50  8–2
XL Center (8,841)
Hartford, CT
December 21, 2012*
7:00 pm, SNY
Fordham W 88–73  9–2
XL Center (10,265)
Hartford, CT
December 29, 2012*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
Washington W 61–53  10–2
XL Center (12,720)
Hartford, CT
January 1, 2013
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Marquette L 76–82 OT 10–3 (0–1)
Bradley Center (14,159)
Milwaukee, WI
January 8, 2013
7:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
DePaul W 99–78  11–3 (1–1)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (9,156)
Storrs, CT
January 12, 2013
2:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
at No. 17 Notre Dame W 65–58  12–3 (2–1)
Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, IN
January 14, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
#1 Louisville L 58–73  12–4 (2–2)
XL Center (14,287)
Hartford, CT
January 19, 2013
12:00 pm, ESPN2
at Pittsburgh L 61–69  12–5 (2–3)
Petersen Events Center (12,510)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 27, 2013
2:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
Rutgers W 66–54  13–5 (3–3)
XL Center (12,768)
Hartford, CT
January 31, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at Providence W 82–79 OT 14–5 (4–3)
Dunkin' Donuts Center (10,180)
Providence RI
February 3, 2013
2:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
South Florida W 69–64 OT 15–5 (5–3)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (9,205)
Storrs, CT
February 6, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at St. John's L 65–71  15–6 (5–4)
Madison Square Garden (8,441)
Manhattan, NY
February 10, 2013
12:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
at Seton Hall W 78–67  16–6 (6–4)
Prudential Center (7,634)
Newark, NJ
February 13, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
#6 Syracuse
Rivalry
W 66–58  17–6 (7–4)
XL Center (13,518)
Hartford, CT
February 16, 2013
12:00 pm, ESPN
Villanova L 61–70  17–7 (7–5)
XL Center (15,165)
Hartford, CT
February 21, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
Cincinnati W 73–66 OT 18–7 (8–5)
XL Center (11,131)
Hartford, CT
February 23, 2013
8:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
at DePaul W 81–69  19–7 (9–5)
Allstate Arena (8,662)
Rosemont, IL
February 27, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN2
#7 Georgetown
Rivalry
L 78–79 2OT 19–8 (9–6)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
March 2, 2013
2:00 pm, Big East Network/SNY
at Cincinnati L 56–61  19–9 (9–7)
Fifth Third Arena (12,432)
Cincinnati, OH
March 6, 2013
9:08 pm, ESPNU
at South Florida L 51–65  19–10 (9–8)
USF Sun Dome (5,198)
Tampa, FL
March 9, 2013
12:00 pm, ESPNU
Providence W 63–59 OT 20–10 (10–8)
Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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Rankings[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big East Conference Standings - 2012-13." ESPN.com. Retrieved: March 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "UConn loses final appeal". ESPN.com. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alex Oriakhi to transfer to Missouri". ESPN.com. April 14, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (July 6, 2012). "Michael Bradley's eligibility is complicated". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (May 4, 2012). "Phil Nolan commits to UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roscoe Smith transfers to UNLV". ESPN.com. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Andre Drummond to go pro". ESPN.com. April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (April 10, 2012). "Jeremy Lamb declares for NBA draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tom Moore". Quinnipiac University. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013. 
  10. ^ Brennan, Eamonn. "Previewing the Paradise Jam finale". ESPN. Retrieved 24 Dec 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lobos down Huskies to win Paradise Jam". FoxNews.com. Retrieved 26 Dec 2012. 
  12. ^ "Complete Play-By-Play". ESPN. Retrieved 24 Dec 2012. 
  13. ^ "2012 Paradise Jam Bracket" (PDF). Basketball Travelers, Inc. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "2012-2013 UConn Men's Basketball Schedule". cstv.com. Retrieved 5 September 2012.