March 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- Top-seeded UConn will host Idaho (17-15, 11-7 WAC) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Gampel Pavilion. The No. 3 Huskies, making their 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, enter the contest with a 29-4 overall mark and 14-2 record in the BIG EAST. Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke on the call and broadcasted live on the UConn Radio Network.
UConn Has Best NCAA Tournament Winning Percentage All-Time
Connecticut is making its 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance - the third longest such streak nationally. Only Tennessee (32) and Stanford (26) have longer active streaks of consecutive NCAA Tourney bids. UConn is ranked second overall in NCAA Tournament games played (102) and wins (85) and is the all-time leader in winning percentage (.833). The Huskies enter the 2013 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the seventh-consecutive season and received an automatic bid for the fifth-straight year following their 2012 BIG EAST Tournament championship.
Opening Round Dominance
UConn has advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in each of the past 19 seasons. The last time Connecticut failed to reach the regional semifinals came during the 1993 season when it was defeated by Louisville in the first round at Gampel Pavilion by a 74-71 count. The second-longest active streak of five belongs to Stanford.
UConn Cleans Up vs. Conference Champs
The Huskies have posted a 6-4 record against teams who have won conference championships this season. Three of those losses have come to Notre Dame and the other loss came at the hands of Big 12 champion Baylor.
Dolson Having an Efficient Season
Junior center Stefanie Dolson is third nationally in field goal percentage this season. Dolson is fourth on UConn’s all-time field goal percentage list at .596 percent (526-883).
Kaleena LEADS country in 3FG%
Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis enters today’s game ranked first nationally in 3-point field goal percentage. Mosqueda Lewis is shooting 43.8 percent (197-450) from deep in her career at UConn. Sue Bird is the current leader in that category with a career 3-point field goal percentage 45.9 percent.
Connecticut as a No. 1 Seed
2013 marks the 16th time Connecticut has been slotted as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the seventh season in a row. The Huskies are 67-9 all-time as a No. 1 seed, including six national championships and 11 Final Four appearances. UConn has won 49 of its last 54 NCAA Tournament games it has played when it is a No. 1 seed. UConn advanced to the Fresno Regional Final after receiving a No. 1 seed in 2007 before falling to LSU, 73-50. The 23-point loss to the Tigers marked the largest margin of defeat for the Huskies in an NCAA Tourney game since 1992.
All-Time vs. Ranked Foes
Connecticut has an all-time record of 192-60 (.762) versus Top-25 AP ranked teams. UConn is 45-23 all-time on the road against ranked opponents and 22-10 in road games against ranked teams since 2004-05.
Auriemma Second on NCAA Wins List
Geno Auriemma moved past former Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore into second place for all-time NCAA Tournament victories in 2006, among women’s basketball coaches. Auriemma, who has tallied 85 NCAA wins, ranks behind only former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who is the all-time leader with 112. Auriemma is second all-time among BOTH men’s and women’s NCAA Division I coaches in NCAA tournament wins, behind only Summitt.