March 13, 2011
Storrs, Conn. - It was announced today by the NCAA Selection Committee that UConn has earned a No. 3 seed and will face No. 14 Bucknell in the NCAA Second Round in Washington, D.C. on March 17. The game will be aired live on TNT at 7:20 p.m.
Connecticut will be in familiar territory in the West Region once again. In each of the three years UConn reached the Final Four, the Huskies advanced through the West Region.
Connecticut joins a record 11 teams from the BIG EAST that were selected this season. The previous record was eight, also achieved by the BIG EAST Conference.
UConn will enter the tournament with a 26-9 record after winning five games in five days to claim the BIG EAST Tournament Championship. UConn defeated Louisville for the title on Saturday night, 69-66.
The Huskies have been led by All-BIG EAST First-Team selection Kemba Walker all season. Walker is one of only three players in the NCAA to average over 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. On the year, he ranks fourth in the NCAA with 23.5 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals. Walker was most recently named First Team All-BIG EAST and the BIG EAST Tournament MVP. He's also a finalist for all of the major end-of-season awards including the Naismith Award, Wooden Award, Bob Cousy Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Bucknell will come into Thursday's game with a 25-8 mark including a 13-1 record in the Patriot League. The Bison defeated Lafayette last weekend for the Patriot League Championship. Bucknell is in the midst of their best 25-game stretch (23-2) since 1905-09.
Bucknell starts four players with postseason accolades, including Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala. The sophomore center leads the team with 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Senior guard Darryl Shazier was also named All-Patriot League First Team. Shazier ranks fourth in Bucknell history and fifth in Patriot League history with 498 assists.
The winner of the UConn-Bucknell game will face either Cincinnati or Missouri on Saturday, March 19.
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