Game Notes (.pdf)
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).
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).
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
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:
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:
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
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:
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:
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-
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:
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:
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:
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
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
UCONN - BIG EAST TEAM OF THE 1990'S:
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:
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
HUSKIES WIN ON THE ROAD IN THE BIG EAST:
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-
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
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
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
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
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