2013–14 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2013–14 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 18
2013–14 record 32–8 (12–6 The American)
Head coach Kevin Ollie (2nd season)
Assistant coach Glen Miller
Assistant coach Karl Hobbs
Assistant coach Ricky Moore
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
2013–14 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Cincinnati 15 3   .833     27 7   .794
#18 Connecticut 12 6   .667     32 8   .800
SMU 12 6   .667     27 10   .730
Memphis 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
Houston 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Rutgers 5 13   .278     12 21   .364
UCF 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
Temple 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
South Florida 3 15   .167     12 20   .375
#5 Louisville* † 0 3   .000     0 5   .000
The American Tournament winner
As of March 15th, 2014
*Louisville: 29 reg. season games, 3 postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Disputed Record-(31-6)(15-3); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013–14 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team represented the University of Connecticut in the 2013–2014 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Huskies were led by second-year head coach Kevin Ollie. The Huskies split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies were members of the American Athletic Conference. One year after being banned from postseason play for sanctions, the Huskies returned to the Final Four, where they defeated the Florida Gators in the national semifinal round and the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2014 National Championship Game. Shabazz Napier was named the tournament's MOP.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished the 2012–13 season with a record of 20-10 overall, including 10–8 in Big East play. However, due to sanctions resulting in penalties stemming from years of very poor APR ratings, the Huskies were ineligible for all the postseason tournaments, including the 2013 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.

Preseason outlook[edit]

The Huskies were selected to finish 2nd in their new conference, the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Coach Kevin Ollie would serve his second season with key players Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, and Omar Calhoun returned. The Huskies were ranked 17th in the preseason AP poll.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Enosch Wolf 1 C 7'1" 260 Junior Göttingen, GER Signed to play professionally in Germany
Brendan Allen 4 G 6'3" 187 Sophomore Windsor, CT No longer on official team roster
R.J. Evans 12 G 6'3" 200 RS Senior Salem, CT Graduated

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
PF 0 Phillip Nolan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 212 lb (96 kg) So Riverside University Milwaukee, WI
SF 2 DeAndre Daniels 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Taft
IMG Academy
Los Angeles, CA
PG 3 Terrence Samuel 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Victory Collegiate Brooklyn, NY
SG 5 Niels Giffey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Heinrich Schliemann Berlin, Germany
PF 10 Tyler Olander 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Sr E. O. Smith Mansfield, CT
PG 11 Ryan Boatright 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Jr East Aurora Aurora, IL
PF 12 Kentan Facey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Long Island (NY) Lutheran Trelawny, Jamaica
PG 13 Shabazz Napier 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Charlestown
Lawrence Academy
Roxbury, MA
SG 14 Pat Lenehan (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Jr Xavier (CT) Middletown, CT
SF 20 Lasan Kromah 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 201 lb (91 kg) GS Eleanor Roosevelt
George Washington University
Greenbelt, MD
SG 21 Omar Calhoun 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Christ the King Brooklyn, NY
SF 22 Leon Tolksdorf 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) So Leibniz-Oberschule Berlin, Germany
SG 23 Nnamdi Amilo (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Avon Old Farms New Fairfield, CT
PG 25 Tor Watts (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Sr York Prep Brooklyn, NY
C 35 Amida Brimah 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Fr Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll Accra, Ghana
SG 44 Rodney Purvis (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) So Upper Room Christian Academy Raleigh, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-10-23

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
10/30/2013*
7:00 pm
Southern Connecticut State W 93–65 
Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
11/04/2013*
7:00 pm
Concordia W 98–38 
XL Center (5,504)
Hartford, CT
Regular Season
11/08/2013*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 vs. Maryland W 78–77  1–0
Barclays Center (12,867)
Brooklyn, NY
11/11/2013*
3:00 pm, SNY
No. 19 Yale W 80–62  2–0
XL Center (8,848)
Hartford, CT
11/14/2013*
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 19 Detroit
2K Sports Classic
W 101–55  3–0
Gampel Pavilion (8,140)
Storrs, CT
11/17/2013*
12:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 Boston University
2K Sports Classic
W 77–60  4–0
Gampel Pavilion (9,195)
Storrs, CT
11/21/2013*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 vs. Boston College
2K Sports Classic Semifinals
W 72–70  5–0
Madison Square Garden (10,064)
New York City, NY
11/22/2013*
7:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 18 vs. Indiana
2K Sports Classic Championship
W 59–58  6–0
Madison Square Garden (10,051)
New York City, NY
11/26/2013*
7:00 pm, SNY
No. 13 Loyola (MD) W 76–66  7–0
XL Center (9,497)
Hartford, CT
12/02/2013*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 No. 15 Florida W 65–64  8–0
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
12/06/2013*
7:00 pm, ESPN3/SNY
No. 12 Maine W 95–68  9–0
XL Center (9,681)
Hartford, CT
12/18/2013*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 10 Stanford L 51–53  9–1
XL Center (11,140)
Hartford, CT
12/22/2013*
3:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 at Washington W 82–70  10–1
Alaska Airlines Arena (7,059)
Seattle, WA
12/28/2013*
1:00 pm, SNY
No. 15 Eastern Washington W 82–65  11–1
Webster Bank Arena (9,274)
Bridgeport, CT
12/31/2013
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 17 at Houston L 71–75  11–2 (0–1)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,035)
Houston, TX
01/04/2014
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at SMU L 65–74  11–3 (0–2)
Moody Coliseum (7,166)
Dallas, TX
01/08/2014*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Harvard W 61–56  12–3
Gampel Pavilion (9,218)
Storrs, CT
01/11/2014
6:00 pm, ESPNU
Central Florida W 84–61  13–3 (1–2)
Gampel Pavilion (9,561)
Storrs, CT
01/16/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 17 Memphis W 83–73  14–3 (2–2)
FedEx Forum (18,039)
Memphis, TN
01/18/2014
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 Louisville
ESPN College GameDay
L 64–76  14–4 (2–3)
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
01/21/2014
7:00 pm, CBSSN
Temple W 90–66  15–4 (3–3)
XL Center (4,741)
Hartford, CT
01/25/2014
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at Rutgers W 82–71  16–4 (4–3)
The RAC (8,006)
Piscataway, NJ
01/30/2014
9:00 pm, CBSSN
Houston W 80–43  17–4 (5–3)
Gampel Pavilion (9,312)
Storrs, CT
02/06/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 at No. 7 Cincinnati L 58–63  17–5 (5–4)
Fifth Third Arena (12,432)
Cincinnati, OH
02/09/2014
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 22 at Central Florida W 75–55  18–5 (6–4)
CFE Arena (6,312)
Orlando, FL
02/12/2014
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 24 South Florida W 83–40  19–5 (7–4)
XL Center (10,553)
Hartford, CT
02/15/2014
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 24 No. 20 Memphis W 86–81 OT 20–5 (8–4)
XL Center (16,294)
Hartford, CT
02/20/2014
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 at Temple W 68–55  21–5 (9–4)
Liacouras Center (6,053)
Philadelphia, PA
02/23/2014
2:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 21 SMU L 55–64  21–6 (9–5)
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
02/26/2014
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at South Florida W 61–56  22–6 (10–5)
USF Sun Dome (5,115)
Tampa, FL
03/01/2014
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 Cincinnati W 51–45  23–6 (11–5)
XL Center (16,294)
Hartford, CT
03/05/2014
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 19 Rutgers W 69–63  24–6 (12–5)
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
03/08/2014
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 19 at No. 11 Louisville L 48–81  24–7 (12–6)
KFC Yum! Center (22,782)
Louisville, KY
AAC Tournament
03/13/2014
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 21 vs. No. 19 Memphis
Quarterfinals
W 72–53  25–7
FedEx Forum (13,081)
Memphis, TN
03/14/2014
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 21 vs. No. 13 Cincinnati
Semifinals
W 58–56  26–7
FedEx Forum (11,888)
Memphis, TN
03/15/2014
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 vs. No. 5 Louisville
Championship
L 61–71  26–8
FedEx Forum (13,554)
Memphis, TN
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2014*
6:55 pm, TBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (10 E) Saint Joseph's
Second Round
W 89–81 OT 27–8
First Niagara Center (18,706)
Buffalo, NY
03/22/2014*
9:40 pm, TBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (2 E) No. 6 Villanova
Third Round
W 77–65  28–8
First Niagara Center (19,290)
Buffalo, NY
03/28/2014*
7:27 pm, TBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (3 E) No. 9 Iowa State
Sweet Sixteen
W 81–76  29–8
Madison Square Garden (19,314)
New York, NY
03/30/2014*
2:20 pm, CBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (4 E) No. 11 Michigan State
Elite Eight
W 60–54  30–8
Madison Square Garden (19,499)
New York, NY
04/05/2014*
6:09 pm, TBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (1 S) No. 1 Florida
Final Four
W 63–53  31–8
AT&T Stadium (79,444)
Arlington, TX
04/07/2014*
9:10 pm, CBS
(7 E) No. 18 vs. (8 MW) Kentucky
National Championship Game
W 60–54  32–8
AT&T Stadium (79,238)
Arlington, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Region, S=South Region, MW=Midwest Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Wk 20 Final
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
AP 18 19 18 13 12 9 10 15 17 RV RV RV RV 22 24 21 RV 19 21 18 N/A
Coaches 19 20 18 14 14 12 10 15 15 RV RV RV RV RV RV 21 RV 19 21 19 1

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