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March 25, 2010


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2010 NCAA Dayton Regional

Date:                            Sunday, March 28 - Tuesday, March 30

Site:                              Dayton Ohio

Arena:                          University of Dayton Arena (13,435)

TV:                                All 2010 NCAA Tournament games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360. 

On The Call:                All NCAA Dayton Regional games will be called by Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) Stephanie White  (color) and Rebecca Lobo (sideline).

Radio/Web:          All of UConn's 2010 NCAA Tournament games will be broadcast live on the UConn/WTIC Radio Network with Bob Joyce (play-by-play) and Kara Wolters (color) on the call.

UConn's Seed:      The Huskies earned the No. 1 seed in the Dayton Region.  The Dayton Regional Semifinals will be played on Sunday, March 28 with UConn facing Iowa State at 12:04 p.m. (ESPN) and Florida State-Mississippi State following at 2:32 p.m. (ESPN2).               

Sunday's winners will advance to the Dayton Regional Final on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:04 p.m. (ESPN).

Up Next:               The winner of Tuesday night's Dayton Regional Final will earn a berth in the 2010 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, at the Alamodome.  The NCAA National Semifinals will be played on Sunday, April 4 with the winners advancing to the 2010 NCAA National Championship Game on Tuesday, April 6.


HUSKIES TREK TO DAYTON FOR 17TH STRAIGHT REGIONAL:   No. 1 seed Connecticut continues its NCAA postseason quest in the Dayton Regional Semifinals on Sunday, March 28 at noon against No. 4 seed Iowa State in a nationally-televised ESPN broadcast.

 The winner of Sunday's regional semifinal between UConn and Iowa State will advance on Tuesday night's Dayton Regional Final, where it will face No. 3 seed Florida State or No. 7 seed Mississippi State for the right to advance to the 2010 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio on April 4-6.

The Huskies are making their 17th straight appearance in the "round of 16" (18th all-time) and have posted an overall mark of 15-2 in their previous regional semifinal appearances (10-5 in regional finals).

The Huskies enter the Dayton Regional a perfect 35-0 for the third consecutive season and winners of an NCAA-record 74 consecutive games.

Connecticut also captured both the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in the same season for the third consecutive year and the 14th time in the program's history.

Connecticut is making its 22nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance - the third-longest such streak nationally.

Only Tennessee (29) and Stanford (23) have longer active streaks of consecutive NCAA Tourney bids.

UConn is ranked second overall in NCAA Tournament games played (88) and wins (73) and ranks second in winning percentage (.830).

The Huskies enter the 2010 NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive season and received an automatic bid for the third straight year following its 2010 BIG EAST Tournament championship.

Connecticut advanced to the regional semifinals in Dayton following wins over Southern University and Temple by a combined margin of 55.0 ppg in the opening two rounds in Norfolk.


35 X 3:  Connecticut has posted 35 wins for the third consecutive season - marking the first time in the program's strong history in which has enjoyed such a successful three-year run.

The Huskies had won 35 games in back-to-back seasons one other time (2002/2003) prior to the current run.

UConn has recorded a total of seven 35-win seasons - all since 1995.


ALL-TIME IN NCAA'S:  UConn enters the Dayton Regional 73-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and having won each of   its last eight games in NCAA play.

The Huskies have advanced to the Regional Finals in each of the last four seasons and each of the last two NCAA Final Fours entering the weekend.


DESTINATION: SAN ANTONIO:  The winner of Tuesday night's Dayton Regional Final will earn a berth in the 2010 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio (Alamodome) on April 4 & 6.

The Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in seven of the last 10 seasons - including each of the last two - entering the Dayton Regional.


DAYTON HISTORY FOR HUSKIES:  UConn will be heading to Dayton for NCAA Regional action for the third time in the program's history - and the Huskies hope this time is just as successful as the last.

Connecticut defeated Boston College and Purdue en route to the claiming the 2003 NCAA National Championship later in Atlanta.


TWO HUSKIES NAMED AS WADE FINALISTS:  Connecticut's Tina Charles and Maya Moore were each named among the 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy - which is presented annually by the nation's coaches to the national player of the year.


OPENING ROUND DOMINANCE: UConn has advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in each of the past 17 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.