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    ABOUT UCONN:
    Connecticut, ranked No. 15 in the nation in both the USA Today/ESPN and the Associated Press National Top 25 polls (as of polls of Jan. 15), will carry a 13-4 overall record and a 2-2 BIG EAST record into the game at Miami. UConn is coming off a 60-56 non- conference road loss at Texas (Jan. 15).

    ABOUT MIAMI:
    Miami will carry an overall record of 9-7 and a BIG EAST mark of 1-4 into the home game against Connecticut. The Hurricanes are coming off a 78-64 road win at Providence (Jan. 16).

    SERIES HISTORY:
    This is the 17th meeting in the sport of men's basketball between Connecticut and Miami, dating back to the 1956-57 season. UConn leads in the overall series 11-5 and the Huskies hold a 10-5 edge in the series between the two schools as BIG EAST rivals. Connecticut is 4-2 in six previous games against the Canes at the Miami Arena.

    EVERYTHING IN THE BIG EAST:
    The road game at Miami is the first of 12 consecutive BIG EAST Conference games for Connecticut to wrap up the 2000-2001 regular season. In its 13 non-conference regular season games, UConn posted an 11-2 record.

    TALIEK RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE FIGURE ASSISTS:
    UConn freshman guard Taliek Brown became the first player in Connecticut basketball history to record double figure assists in back-to-back BIG EAST Conference regular season games with his performances against St. John's and Pittsburgh. Taliek totaled 12 assists (Jan. 6) vs. St. John's and followed that effort with 10 assists vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 10). Fellow UConn freshman Caron Butler had back-to-back double figure assist games in non- conference play in December (10 vs. Fairfield, 11 vs. Rhode Island). Former UConn star Kevin Ollie also had back-to-back double figure assist games during the BIG EAST Tournament in his junior season (1993-94) with 10 each against St. John's and Providence.

    THIRD HUSKY WITH "DOUBLE DOUBLE" EFFORT:
    UConn freshman point guard Taliek Brown scored 10 points and added 10 assists in UConn's 73-53 win over Pittsburgh on January 10. He became the third member of the 2000- 2001 Husky squad to record a "double-double" this season. Senior forward Edmund Saunders had back-to- back "double-doubles" in UConn's first two games of the season (15 points, 11 rebounds vs. Quinnipiac and 10 points, 14 rebounds vs. Dayton). UConn freshman Caron Butler has registered three "double-doubles" (21 points, 12 rebounds vs. Brown, 16 points, 10 assists vs. Fairfield, 29 points, 13 rebounds vs. Boston College). Butler also notched a rare "triple-double" with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists vs. Rhode Island.

    CARON SETS STANDARD AMONG HUSKY ROOKIES:
    UConn freshman Caron Butler has set a new standard among freshmen playing at Connecticut during coach Jim Calhoun's 15 years as Husky head coach. The 6-7 Butler scored in double figures in each of his first 13 collegiate games in which he played before being held below double figures against Texas (Jan. 15). Butler, who sat out the first three UConn games of the 2000-2001 season, started his Husky career with 20 points vs. Louisville (Nov. 22) and has followed that with scoring efforts of 21, 15, 18, 16, 14, 16, 14, 10, 29, 15, 11, and 12 points. Butler's current scoring average of 15.4/game ranks No. 2 under Jim Calhoun among freshmen in their first 14 college contests. Following are the scoring statistics in their first 14 collegiate games for other heralded UConn freshman players under Jim Calhoun.

    Khalid El-Amin  	228 points=16.3/game
    Caron Butler    	216 points=15.4/game
    Ray Allen       	186 points=13.3/game
    Doron Sheffer   	173 points=12.4/game
    Richard Hamilton        166 points=11.9/game
    Donyell Marshall        148 points=10.6/game
    Nadav Henefeld  	131 points= 9.4/game
    Scott Burrell   	124 points=8.9/game
    Tate George     	112 points=8.0/game
    Chris Smith     	98 points=7.0/game
    

    RIP-ONLY FRESHMAN LEADING SCORER:
    In Jim Calhoun's first 14 years as head coach of the Connecticut basketball program, Richard "Rip" Hamilton ranks as the only freshman to lead a UConn team in scoring for an entire season. Hamilton averaged 15.9 points per game as a freshman in 1996-97. Freshman Caron Butler currently is No. 2 on the 2000-2001 UConn team in scoring with a 15.4/game average. Butler also leads the team in rebounding (7.9/game).

    100 YEARS OF UCONN BASKETBALL:
    The University of Connecticut men's basketball program is celebrating a "Century of Husky Hoops" during the 2000-2001 season. The first varsity season for Connecticut Basketball was the 1901-1902 season and the 2000-2001 season will complete 100 Years of UConn Basketball.

    CONNECTICUT HAS 209 WINS IN LAST EIGHT SEASONS:
    During the past eight basketball seasons (beginning with the 1993-94 season), Connecticut has won 209 games (209-48), ranking the Huskies No. 3 in the nation among 318 NCAA Division I schools for total victories during that span. UConn has averaged 28 wins per year during the past seven full seasons. The only Division I schools with more wins than UConn during the past eight years are Kentucky and Kansas.

    13 STRAIGHT NATIONAL POST-SEASON BIDS:
    The Connecticut basketball program is one of only EIGHT schools (among 318 NCAA Division I institutions) to advance to national post-season tournament competition (NCAA or NIT) in each of the past 13 seasons (dating back to the 1987-88 season). Under the guidance of head coach Jim Calhoun, UConn has earned nine NCAA bids (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000) and four NIT bids (1988, 1989, 1993, 1997). The eight institutions which have advanced to national tournament play for the past 13 consecutive seasons include: Arizona, Arkansas, CONNECTICUT, Georgetown, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Temple.

    NATIONAL RANKING FOR 66 CONSECUTIVE POLLS:
    The University of Connecticut men's basketball program has been ranked in the Associated Press (AP) Top 25 National Poll for a school-record 66 consecutive polling periods (including the AP poll of Jan. 15), dating back to the 1997- 98 season.

    UCONN TOUGH AT HOME:
    Since the start of the 1989-90 season, Connecticut has posted an overall "home courts" record of 164-26 against collegiate opposition. During the past 12-year span, UConn has been 90-15 at home in the Hartford Civic Center, 69-11 at home in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, and 5-0 at home in the Hugh S. Greer Field House. During the past 12 seasons, UConn is 76-22 at home in BIG EAST Conference play (39-8 in Gampel Pavilion, 37-14 in the Hartford Civic Center) and the Huskies are 88-4 at home against non-BIG EAST opponents (53-1 in the Hartford Civic Center, 30-3 in Gampel Pavilion, 5-0 in the Hugh S. Greer Field House).

    UCONN 109-13 AT HOME IN LAST EIGHT YEARS:
    Since the start of the 1993-94 season, Connecticut has posted an impressive 109-13 "home courts" record against collegiate opponents in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs and the Hartford Civic Center. During the past eight seasons, UConn is 63-7 in Hartford and 46-6 in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. NOTE: The record does not include three "neutral court" wins over Massachusetts in the Hartford Civic Center.

    ALBERT MOURING JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB:
    Connecticut senior guard Albert Mouring became the 32nd member of the Connecticut men's basketball 1,000-point scoring club during the Texas game (Jan. 15). Mouring will enter the Miami game having scored 1,005 points in 99 college contests (10.2/game). He is the 14th UConn player to perform under head coach Jim Calhoun who has reached the 1,00-point scoring plateau.

    ALBERT MOURING ON WOODEN MID-SEASON TOP 30:
    Connecticut senior guard Albert Mouring is one of 30 collegiate stars listed on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason candidate list. The 6-3 Mouring, who is No. 1 on the Husky squad in scoring with a 16.1/game scoring average, is one of only four BIG EAST Conference players included in the Top 30 list. The other BIG EAST stars include Troy Murphy of Notre Dame, Preston Shumpert of Syracuse, and Eddie Griffin of Seton Hall.

    EDMUND NO. 2 IN CAREER FIELD GOAL SHOOTING:
    UConn senior Edmund Saunders stands in the No. 2 spot on Connecticut's career field goal percentage shooting list. In 84 games during his Connecticut career, Saunders has converted 261 of 471 field goal attempts for a 55.4% field goal shooting performance. Chuck Aleksinas (1980- 82) is No. 1 in career field goal shooting at 56.6% and Rod Sellers is No. 3 at 54.8%.

    IMPRESSIVE OFF THE BENCH:
    In Connecticut's last four games, UConn senior Edmund Saunders has been utilized as the "sixth man" and has come off the Husky bench to average 15.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The 6-8 Saunders, a starter in the first 13 games of the season, has a seasonal average of 11.0 points per game (No. 4 on the team) and he is No. 2 on the squad in rebounding at 7.3/game.

    RECORD-SETTING SPAN:
    During the past 12 seasons (beginning with the 1989-90 season), head coach Jim Calhoun has directed the Connecticut basketball program to an overall record of 295-88 (77.0% winning effort), the fifth best overall record (total wins) among the 318 NCAA Division I teams in the nation. Prior to Jim Calhoun's tenure as head coach, Connecticut had only won as many as 23 games in a single season twice in the first 86 years of the program's history (1900-1986). Since the 1989-90 season, UConn has "averaged" 25.6 wins per season.

    UCONN - BIG EAST TEAM OF THE 1990'S:
    During the decade of the 1990's, the Connecticut men's basketball program was the winningest program among all BIG EAST Conference schools. From 1989-90 through the 1998-99 season, UConn sported a 10-year overall record of 257-74 (77.6%). In that same span, UConn's conference- best regular season record in BIG EAST games was 127-49.

    UCONN HAS DOMINATED THE BIG EAST:
    Connecticut has won outright possession of five BIG EAST Conference regular season titles in the past seven years. UConn has also won three of the past five BIG EAST Tournament championships. In 1997-98 & 1998-99, UConn became the first program in BIG EAST history to win the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in back-to-back seasons.

    HUSKIES WIN ON THE ROAD IN THE BIG EAST:
    The Connecticut basketball program is the clear leader in BIG EAST Conference regular season road wins during the past 12 years. Since the start of the 1989-90 season, Connecticut has posted a BIG EAST "best" 63-35 road record in league regular season games. Syracuse (59-39) is the only other BIG EAST school sporting a winning percentage in BIG EAST road games during the past 12- year span.

    ALSO WINNING AT HOME IN THE BIG EAST:
    In addition to its highly-successful road record in the BIG EAST, the Connecticut basketball program has paced the entire BIG EAST Conference in regular season wins at home during the past 12-year span (beginning with the 1989-90 season). UConn has posted a 76-22 record at home in BIG EAST games during the past 12 years.

    UCONN 172-102 AGAINST BIG EAST TEAMS UNDER JIM CALHOUN:
    The Connecticut men's basketball program has posted an overall record of 172-102 (62.8%) against BIG EAST Conference teams during Jim Calhoun's first 15 years in charge of the UConn program (152-92 in regular season play, 20-10 in BIG EAST Tournament games).

    UCONN 170-32 AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE FOES UNDER JIM CALHOUN:
    The Connecticut men's basketball program has posted an overall record of 170-32 (84.2%) against non-conference teams in Jim Calhoun's 15 years in charge of the UConn program.

    MOST WINS IN A THREE-YEAR STRETCH:
    The last three seasons of Connecticut Basketball have produced an overall record of 91-17 (32-5 in 1997-98, 34-2 in 1998-99, 25-10 in 1999-00), the most wins in any three-season stretch in UConn's 100-year basketball history and an average of 30.3 wins per season.

    FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES:
    Connecticut will enter the game against Miami with four players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Albert Mouring leads the way for UConn with a 16.1/game scoring average. Freshman forward Caron Butler is next with a 15.4/game average. Junior forward Johnnie Selvie is third at 12.9/game and senior forward Edmund Saunders is fourth at 11.0/game.

    SWAIN JOINS UCONN:
    Robert Swain, a 6-4 freshman from College Park, Georgia, has enrolled at the University of Connecticut joined the UConn men's basketball program beginning with the Rhode Island game (Dec. 26) - wearing uniform No. 2. Swain will begin classes at UConn in January (spring semester). Swain averaged 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists a game during the 1999-2000 scholastic season in leading Tri-Cities High School (East Point, Georgia) to a 25-4 record and a regional championship.

    GORDON SIGNS WITH UCONN:
    Ben Gordon, a 6-2 combination guard at Mount Vernon (NY) HS, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Connecticut Basketball program during the November signing period and plans to enroll at UConn for the 2001-2002 academic year. Gordon, rated among the Top 20 scholastic recruits in the nation and the USA Today New York Player of the Year as a junior, averaged 24.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 steals during his junior season at Mount Vernon in 1999-2000. "Ben is obviously an important recruit for us," said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. "We believe he is one of the top 20 high school players in the country. He's a terrific shooter who can put it down, score, and do a lot of things on the court."

    UP NEXT-UCONN HOSTS VILLANOVA IN HARTFORD:
    Following its third straight road game at Miami, the Connecticut basketball program gets back home and will host BIG EAST rival Villanova on Wednesday, January 24, at the Hartford Civic Center. Game time is set for 9 p.m. (EST) and the contest will be televised nationally by ESPN.

    TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR UCONN HOME GAMES IN HARTFORD:
    Reserved tickets, priced at $25 each, are on sale for the remaining Connecticut home games in the Hartford Civic Center (Villanova-Jan. 24, Providence-Feb. 6, Boston College-Feb. 13, Notre Dame-Feb. 26). Tickets are available at TicketMaster outlets throughout the state, by calling TicketMaster at (860) 525-4500 or (203) 624-0033, by ordering on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office, or in person at the UConn Athletic Ticket Office in Storrs (cash or check only).