Game Info: No. 1 UConn vs. No. 22 South Florida
Saturday, Nov. 10 • 7:00 p.m.
Joseph J. Morrone Stadium • Storrs, Conn.
STORRS, Conn. (November 9, 2007 ) - The No. 1 nationally-ranked (NSCAA) and top-seeded Huskies ride a three-game win streak into the BIG EAST Quarterfinals against South Florida Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. As Blue Division champions, they are looking for the program’s seventh conference championship and third in the last four years.
FOLLOW THE GAMES: Saturday’s game vs. USF will be available on Gametracker, as well as on WHUS.org (91.7 FM) ... The contest will also be streamed live on the Internet as part of Huskies All-Access ... All three media can be accessed off the homepage of UConnHuskies.com.
TICKETS: All tickets for the quarterfinal round are general admission and are priced as follows: adults ($5.00), children/senior citizens ($3.00) and BIG EAST students (free).
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
UConn is ...
• 24-14-3 all-time in tourney action
• 14-7-1 under head coach Ray Reid
• 22-2-6 all-time when playing in Morrone Stadium
• 10-5-0 as the No. 1 seed
UConn has ...
• Six tournament titles
• Two of the last three championships (2004 &2005)
• Two tourney crowns as the No. 1 seed
• Seven years as the No. 1 seed
BIG EAST POSTSEASON PRAISE
UConn has received ...
• 18 BIG EAST Players of the Year awards
• 29 First Team All-BIG EAST selections
• Five Defensive Player of the Year awards
• Five Rookie of the Year awards
• Four Offensive Player of the Year awards
• Three Midfielder of the Year awards
RAY REID’S BIG EAST DOMINANCE
In the last 11 seasons, Ray Reid has ...
• More wins than any coach or program in the conference (161)
• Won more BIG EAST regular season AND tournament championships (5/3)
• Coached more All-American selections (13), conference Players of the Year (16) and MLS draftees (15)
THE HUSKIES AT A GLANCE:
• The Huskies enter the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 1 team in the country, marking the first time they have entered the postseason as the top-ranked squad.
• UConn’s 15 wins are tied for the most in the NCAA this season ... Furman (Southern Conference) also has 15 wins, heading into its first conference tournament game Saturday
• The Huskies were the preseason favorite for the BIG EAST Blue Division title this season before going on to win their 10th regular-season crown.
• UConn is now 9-4-2 (see chart) as the top-ranked team in the country ... The Huskies have now tied the program record for most weeks in the top spot in a single season after holding court for four of the last five weeks ... During the 1998 season, they reigned over the NCAA for four consecutive weeks.
• Five-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week O'Brian White leads the Husky attack that has outscored opponents 37-11 through 18 games, by scoring 41 points off 17 goals and seven assists ... White also leads the BIG EAST and NCAA in points and goals scored.
• All-American and Hermann Trophy candidate Julius James and the UConn defense have earned 10 shutouts through 18 games (0.56/11th in the NCAA) and have allowed just 11 goals on the year.
• Sophomore Mike Pezza leads the team, conference and and NCAA in assists with 15 on the season, including seven on game-winning goals ... Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Josh Ford has earned 10 shutouts between the pipes, becoming the successful freshman keeper under Reid.
SCOUTING USF (12-4-2, 6-4-1): The Bulls are the fourth seed in the Red Division in this year’s BIG EAST Tournament ... They defeated Georgetown in the first round, 4-0, off two goals from Kevon Neaves ... USF is led by Simon Schoendorf and Bernardo Anor up front, with seven goals apiece ... In goal, Diego Restrepo has pulled full time in all but two games this season, tallying 63 saves and a 0.83 goals against average ... Jordan Seabrook and Neaves were Third Team All-BIG EAST selections a year ago.
SERIES HISTORY vs. THE BULLS: UConn leads the all-time series, 5-0, by a combined score of 9-2 ... Earlier this season, the Huskies defeated then-No. 17 USF, 2-1, in Tampa, Fla. to earn their seventh win of the season ... It was the first meeting in the regular season since the Bulls joined the BIG EAST in 2005 ... The two teams met in the BIG EAST Championship game in 2005 with the Huskies coming away with a 1-0 win and its sixth tournament title.