2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
2018–19 record 0–0 (0–0 AAC)
Head coach Dan Hurley (1st season)
Assistant coach Tom Moore
Assistant coach Kimani Young
Assistant coach Kenya Hunter
Home arena Harry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
2018–19 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cincinnati 0 0       0 0  
Connecticut 0 0       0 0  
East Carolina 0 0       0 0  
Houston 0 0       0 0  
Memphis 0 0       0 0  
SMU 0 0       0 0  
South Florida 0 0       0 0  
Temple 0 0       0 0  
Tulane 0 0       0 0  
Tulsa 0 0       0 0  
UCF 0 0       0 0  
Wichita State 0 0       0 0  
2019 AAC Tournament winner
As of April 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team will represent the University of Connecticut in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Huskies will be led by first-year head coach Dan Hurley. The Huskies will split their home games between the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Connecticut as members of the American Athletic Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished the 2017–18 season 14–18, 7–11 in AAC play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the first round of the AAC Tournament to SMU.

The school announced on January 26, 2018 that the NCAA was investigating recruitment of at least three basketball players for possible recruiting violations.[1][2][3] On March 10, the school fired head coach Kevin Ollie for just cause related to the NCAA investigation.[4][5] On March 22, 2018, it was announced that the school had hired Dan Hurley as head coach.[6][7]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Antwoine Anderson 0 G 6'2" 170lbs Graduate Student Rochester, NY Graduated
Terry Larrier 22 G/F 6'8" 185lbs RS Junior Bronx, NY Declared for 2018 NBA Draft
Christian Foxen 24 F 6'8" 225lbs Senior Rocky Hill, CT Graduated
Michael Noyes 31 G 6'0" 190lbs Graduate Student Granby, CT Graduated
David Onuorah 34 F 6'9" 249lbs Graduate Student Lithonia, GA Graduated
Omotayo Aiyegbusi 45 G 6'4" 206lbs Sophomore Philadelphia, PA Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Tarin Smith 2 G 6'2" 185 Graduate Student Ocean Township, NJ Transferred from Duquesne. Under NCAA transfer rules, Smith will be eligible to start at the beginning the 2018–19 season. Smith has one year of remaining eligibility.
Kassoum Yakwe 14 F 6'7" 210 Graduate Student Bamako, Mali Transferred from St. John's. Under NCAA transfer rules, Yakwe will be eligible to start at the beginning the 2018–19 season. Yakwe has one year of remaining eligibility.

2018 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Brendan Adams
G
Baltimore, MD Calvert Hall College HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 15, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Overall recruiting rankings:   247Sports: 114
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Eric Cobb 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Sr Chipola Jacksonville, FL
G 1 Christian Vital 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Jr St. Thomas More Queens, NY
G 2 Tarin Smith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) GS Duquesne Ocean Township, NJ
G 3 Alterique Gilbert 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 171 lb (78 kg) RS So Miller Grove Lithonia, GA
G 4 Jalen Adams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Brewster Academy Roxbury, MA
F 5 Isaiah Whaley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Mt. Zion Prep Charlotte, NC
G 10 Brendan Adams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Calvert Hall College Baltimore, MD
F 12 Tyler Polley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Sagemont Fort Lauderdale, FL
F 14 Kassoum Yakwe 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) GS St. John's Bamako, Mali
F 15 Sidney Wilson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 183 lb (83 kg) RS Fr St. John's Bronx, NY
F 21 Mamadou Diarra 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 217 lb (98 kg) RS So Putnam Science Academy Queens, NY
F 22 Kwintin Williams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 211 lb (96 kg) Jr Arizona Western Anchorage, AK
C 25 Josh Carlton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 242 lb (110 kg) So DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: September 19, 2018

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 2, 2018*
7:00 pm
Southern Connecticut   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
Non-conference regular season
November 8, 2018*
7:00 pm
Morehead State   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
November 11, 2018*
TBA
UMKC   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
November 15, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Syracuse
2K Sports Classic Semifinals/rivalry
  
                  Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
November 16, 2018*
4:30 pm/7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Iowa or Oregon
2K Sports Classic
  
                  Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
November 20, 2018*
7:00 pm
Cornell   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
November 24, 2018*
12:00 pm
New Hampshire   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
November 27, 2018*
7:00 pm
UMass Lowell   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
December 2, 2018*
1:00 pm, ESPN2
Arizona   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
December 5, 2018*
7:00 pm
Lafayette   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
December 8, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Florida State
Never Forget Tribute Classic
  
                  Prudential Center 
Newark, NJ
December 15, 2018*
TBA
Manhattan   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
December 18, 2018*
7:00 pm
Drexel   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
December 22, 2018*
12:30 pm, CBS
vs. Villanova
New York Showcase
  
                  Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
AAC regular season
January 2, 2019
8:30 pm, CBSSN
at South Florida   
                  Yuengling Center 
Tampa, FL
January 5, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPNews
UCF   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
January 10, 2019
7:00 pm, CBSSN
SMU   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
January 12, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2/ESPNU
at Cincinnati   
                  Fifth Third Arena 
Cincinnati, OH
January 16, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNews
at Tulsa   
                  Reynolds Center 
Tulsa, OK
January 19, 2019
7:30 pm, CBSSN
Tulane   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
January 26, 2019
6:00 pm, CBSSN
Wichita State   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
January 31, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN2/ESPNU
at UCF   
                  CFE Arena 
Orlando, FL
February 3, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNews
East Carolina   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
February 6, 2019
6:00 pm, CBSSN
at Temple   
                  Liacouras Center 
Philadelphia, PA
February 10, 2019
2:00 pm, CBSSN
at Memphis   
                  FedEx Forum 
Memphis, TN
February 14, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2
Houston   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
February 21, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2
at SMU   
                  Moody Coliseum 
Dallas, TX
February 24, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPN
Cincinnati   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
February 28, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2
at Wichita State   
                  Charles Koch Arena 
Wichita, KS
March 3, 2019
12:00 pm, CBSSN
South Florida   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
March 7, 2019
7:00 pm, CBSSN
Temple   
                  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion 
Storrs, CT
March 10, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNU
at East Carolina   
                  Williams Arena 
Greenville, NC
AAC Tournament
March 14–17, 2019
TBA
vs.    
                  FedEx Forum 
Memphis, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amore, Dom. "NCAA Investigating UConn Men's Basketball Program; Inquiry Includes Recruitment Of At Least Three Players". courant.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  2. ^ News, ABC. "UConn men's basketball under NCAA investigation". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  3. ^ "NCAA investigating UConn men's basketball program". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  4. ^ Amore, Dom. "Kevin Ollie Fired After UConn Claims 'Just Cause'; Coach Says He Will Fight". courant.com. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  5. ^ "UConn fires Kevin Ollie amid NCAA investigation". New York Post. 2018-03-10. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Jeff (March 22, 2018). "Dan Hurley leaving Rhode Island, named head coach at UConn". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Dan Hurley to become next head coach at UConn". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-22.