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    ABOUT UCONN: Connecticut will carry a 15-8 overall record and a 4-6 BIG EAST mark into the game against Boston College. UConn is coming off a 74-60 league loss at Villanova on February 10.

    ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE: Boston College will carry an 18-2 overall record and a 9-1 league mark into the contest with UConn. The Eagles are coming off an 83-59 league road win over Virginia Tech on February 10.

    SERIES HISTORY: This is the 83rd meeting in the sport of men’s basketball between UConn and BC, dating back to the 1918-19 season. UConn leads in the overall series, 49-33, and the Huskies hold a 31-13 edge in the series between the two schools as BIG EAST rivals. BC won the first meeting this season, snapping a record-tying streak for the Huskies. UConn had won the last 23 games played against BC, dating back to the 1987-88 season. The 23-game winning streak shares the all-time BIG EAST Conference consecutive win streak mark. Syracuse posted 23 consecutive win over Seton Hall from 1982-92.

    FIRST MEETING THIS SEASON: BC got 27 points from Troy Bell and 23 points from Xavier Singletary to post an 85-68 win over UConn at Conte Forum. The win was the first for the Eagles over the Huskies since the 1987-88 season. UConn freshman Caron Butler scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his BIG EAST debut, but the Eagles shot 68.2% in the second half to break open a one-point game.

    EAST DIVISION GAME: The matchup between Connecticut and Boston College will be the 10th BIG EAST Conference “East Division” game of the season for the Huskies. UConn and Boston College are two of seven BIG EAST squads competing in the East Division of the league. The 16-game BIG EAST regular season schedule will see UConn play two games each against all six East Division opponents (Boston College, Miami, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova, Virginia Tech) and single games against four (Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Syracuse) of the seven teams in the West Division. UConn will not play Georgetown, Rutgers and West Virginia during the 2000-2001 regular season. Connecticut is 4-6 in BIG EAST play and 3-6 vs. East Division teams. Boston College is 9-1 in BIG EAST play and 7-1 vs. East Division teams.

    EVERYTHING IN THE BIG EAST: Connecticut has six regular season games remaining on its 2000-2001 schedule and all six are BIG EAST Conference games, three at home and three on the road. UConn is 4-6 in its first ten BIG EAST games this season. In its 13 non-conference regular season games, the Huskies posted an 11-2 record.

    FOUR HUSKIES HAVE “DOUBLE DOUBLE” EFFORTS: UConn senior center Souleymane Wane recorded an 11-point, 14- rebound effort vs. Villanova (Jan. 24). He became the fourth member of the 2000-2001 Husky squad to record a “double- double” this season. Senior forward Edmund Saunders has had five “double-doubles” this season, including netting 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. Miami (Jan. 20). 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. Freshman points guard Taliek Brown had a “double-double” with 10 points and 10 assists vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 10).

    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 followed that with scoring efforts of 21, 15, 18, 16, 14, 16, 14, 10, 29, 15, 11, and 12 points. Butler has scored in double figures in 19 of his first 20 college games and his current scoring average of 15.6/game ranks No. 1 under Jim Calhoun among freshmen in their first 20 college contests. Following are the scoring statistics in their first 20 collegiate games for other heralded UConn freshman players under Jim Calhoun.

    Caron Butler     311 points=15.6/game
    Khalid El-Amin   304 points=15.2/game
    Ray Allen        266 points=13.3/game
    Richard Hamilton 246 points=12.3/game
    Doron Sheffer    233 points=11.7/game
    Donyell Marshall 214 points=10.7/game
    Nadav Henefeld   213 points=11.7/game
    Tate George      183 points=9.2/game
    Scott Burrell    176 points=8.8/game
    Chris Smith      175 points=8.8/game
    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 Boston College game ranked No. 29 in career scoring with 1,101 points in 105 college contests (10.5/game). He is the 14th UConn player to perform under head coach Jim Calhoun who has reached the 1,000-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 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.

    TALIEK IMPROVES FROM THE LINE: Freshman point guard Taliek Brown has made a stunning improvement from the free throw line during the course of his first season. Brown made only 13-of-43 free throw attempts in his first 11 games, a 30.2% clip. In the 12 games since, Brown has made 20-of-27 from the charity stripe, or 74.1% of his attempts. Brown is 33-of-70 overall (47.1%).

    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 90 games during his Connecticut career, Saunders has converted 281 of 512 field goal attempts for a 54.9% 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%.

    FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Connecticut will enter the game against Boston College with four players scoring in double figures. Senior guard Albert Mouring leads the way for the Huskies with a 16.0/game average. Freshman forward Caron Butler is No. 2 with a 15.6/game scoring average. Junior forward Johnnie Selvie is third at 11.6/game and senior forward Edmund Saunders is fourth at 10.8/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 298-92 (76.4% winning effort), the sixth 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.

    CONNECTICUT HAS 211 WINS IN LAST EIGHT SEASONS: During the past eight basketball seasons (beginning with the 1993- 94 season), Connecticut has won 211 games (211-52), 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 IN AP POLL SNAPPED: The University of Connecticut men’s basketball program had its school record run of 67 consecutive polling periods ranked in the Associated Press National Top 25 poll halted when the Huskies dropped out of the AP poll (Jan. 29, 2001). UConn began its run in the National Top 25 at the start of the 1997- 98 season (18 polls in 1997-98, 18 polls in 1998-99, 19 polls in 1999-00, 12 polls in 2000-01). Included in those national rankings were 10 consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation during UConn’s national championship season in 1998- 99, and the No. 1 ranking in the 1999-2000 preseason poll.

    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 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” 63-38 road record in league regular season games. Syracuse (59-42) 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 78-23 record at home in BIG EAST games during the past 12 years. Syracuse is No. 2 in victories at home during the past 12 years (73-28).

    UCONN 174-106 AGAINST BIG EAST TEAMS UNDER JIM CALHOUN: The Connecticut men’s basketball program has posted an overall record of 174-106 (62.1%) against BIG EAST Conference teams during Jim Calhoun’s first 15 years in charge of the UConn program (154-96 in regular season play, 19-10 in BIG EAST Tournament games, 1-0 in NIT play).

    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.

    NINE ALL-CENTURY TEAM FORWARDS NAMED: Nine players, representing a span from the late 1940s to the year 2000, have been named as the forwards on the University of Connecticut Men's Basketball All-Century Team. The nine forwards named to the 25-member UConn Basketball All- Century Team include: Vin Yokabaskas (1949-52), Tony Hanson (1973-77), Corny Thompson (1978-82), Clifford Robinson (1985- 89), Nadav Henefeld (1989-90), Scott Burrell (1989-93), Donyell Marshall (1991-94), Donny Marshall (1991-95), Kevin Freeman (1996-00). A 25-member UConn Basketball All-Century Team was selected following voting by UConn fans. The voting, conducted both via hard ballots and on-line via computer, took place during the months of November and December. A total of 78 former UConn basketball standouts were listed on the original ballot and 25 Husky greats are being named to the All-Century Team. The six UConn All-Century centers were announced one week ago and the 10 Connecticut Basketball All-Century guards will be announced on February 15.

    SIX ALL-CENTURY TEAM CENTERS NAMED: A total of six centers, spanning six decades of University of Connecticut men’s basketball competition, have been named as members of the elite 25-member UConn All-Century Team. The six Husky centers named to the All-Century squad include: Walt Dropo (1942-47), Art Quimby (1951-55), Toby Kimball (1962-65), Bill Corley (1965-68), Travis Knight (1992-96), Jake Voskuhl (1996-00). UConn two-time All-American Ray Allen was the top vote-getter in balloting by Connecticut fans and will serve as the Honorary Captain of the UConn Basketball All-Century Team.

    100 YEARS OF UCONN BASKETBALL: Connecticut Basketball is celebrating a “Century of Husky Hoops” during the 2000-2001 college basketball season. The first varsity season for Connecticut Basketball was the 1901-1902 season and the 2000-2001 season completes 100 Years of UConn Basketball.

    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.”

    SWAIN JOINS UCONN: Robert Swain, a 6-4 freshman from College Park, Georgia, joined the UConn men’s basketball program beginning with the Rhode Island game (Dec. 26)—wearing uniform No. 2. Swain began classes at UConn on January 23 (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.

    UP NEXT-A PAIR ON THE ROAD: Following the game against Boston College, UConn hits the road for a pair of BIG EAST Conference match-ups. The Huskies travel to Blacksburg, VA on Saturday, February 17 for a 12 noon contest with Virginia Tech. UConn will then travel to Syracuse for an ESPN Big Monday contest on February 19 against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The VA Tech game will be televised in Connecticut on WTXX-TV, Channel 20 and both games can also be heard on the UConn Radio Network, with WTIC-AM 1080 as the flagship station.

    TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR UCONN HOME GAMES IN HARTFORD: Reserved tickets, priced at $25 each, are on sale for the final remaining Connecticut home game in the Hartford Civic Center (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, at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office, or in person at the UConn Athletic Ticket Office in Storrs (cash or check only).

    Kyle Muncy University of Connecticut Assistant Director/Athletic Communications 860-486-3531 phone 860-486-5085 fax