Kevin Ollie has led UConn to wins in four of its last five games.
March 26, 2014
NEW YORK - The seventh-seeded University of Connecticut men's basketball team makes its first appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 since the 2010-2011 season when it challenges third-seeded Iowa State in the 2014 NCAA East Regional Semifinals on Friday, March 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tip-off is set for 7:27 p.m. with televised coverage on TBS. There will be a live radio broadcast on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies (28-8) are making their 17th appearance in the Sweet 16 after knocking off Villanova in the third round last Saturday. Senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) caught fire from the field, finishing with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Junior forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) tallied 11 points and also added five rebounds for the Huskies in the win.
In its last 12 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, UConn has registered an impressive 34-8 (.810) record and has reached the Elite 8 in six different seasons. Overall, the Huskies sport a 54-29 (.651) record in 32 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
The Huskies and Cyclones have met just one time in the past, with Iowa St. defeating UConn, 77-64, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In the game, Napier notched a game-best 22 points but the Cyclones shot 48.1 percent from the field on their way to the victory.
This season, Iowa State has compiled a 28-7 overall record and has won its last six games. As a team, the Cyclones average 83.2 points per game and are shooting .475 overall. Four Cyclone players average double digit points, including senior guard DeAndre Kane (17.1), who was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Big 12 Tournament.
Napier has continued his historic season and now sits fifth in program history with 1,881 career points. The senior also passed current Husky head coach Kevin Ollie for third-most assists in Connecticut history and now boasts 628 helpers.
The Huskies have played 111 games at Madison Square Garden and sport a 59-52 (.532) overall record at the famous venue. This season, the Huskies won both their contests at MSG, claiming the 2K Sports Classic title after downing Boston College and Indiana in late November.