2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team

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2018–19 Connecticut Huskies men's basketball
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
2018–19 record13-10 (4-6 AAC)
Head coachDan Hurley (1st season)
Assistant coachTom Moore
Assistant coachKimani Young
Assistant coachKenya Hunter
Home arenaHarry A. Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Seasons
2018–19 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 12 Houston 8 1   .889     21 1   .955
No. 25 Cincinnati 8 1   .889     19 3   .864
UCF 6 2   .750     16 4   .800
Temple 6 3   .667     16 6   .727
South Florida 5 4   .556     15 6   .714
Memphis 5 4   .556     13 9   .591
Connecticut 4 5   .444     13 9   .591
SMU 4 5   .444     12 9   .571
Wichita State 3 6   .333     10 11   .476
Tulsa 3 7   .300     13 10   .565
East Carolina 2 7   .222     9 12   .429
Tulane 0 9   .000     4 17   .190
2019 AAC Tournament winner
As of February 2, 2019; 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

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
Akok Akok
PF
Manchester, NH Putnam Science Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Dec 1, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 88
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:

  • "Rivals". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.

Future recruits[edit]

2019–20 team recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
James Bouknight
SG
Brooklyn, NY MacDuffie School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 18, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Jalen Gaffney
PG
West Chester, PA Westtown School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 24, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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) 249 lb (113 kg) Sr Chipola CC Jacksonville, FL
G 1 Christian Vital 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 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) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So Miller Grove Lithonia, GA
G 4 Jalen Adams (C) 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) 210 lb (95 kg) So Mt. Zion Prep Charlotte, NC
G 10 Brendan Adams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Fr Calvert Hall College Baltimore, MD
F 12 Tyler Polley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Sagemont Fort Lauderdale, FL
F 14 Kassoum Yakwe Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) GS St. John's Bamako, Mali
G/F 15 Sidney Wilson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 177 lb (80 kg) RS Fr St. John's Bronx, NY
F 21 Mamadou Diarra 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS So Putnam Science Academy Queens, NY
F 22 Kwintin Williams (S) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Jr Arizona Western CC Anchorage, AK
F/C 25 Josh Carlton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
G 45 Omotayo Aiyegbusi (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Jr Saint Joseph's Philadelphia, PA
F 55 Daniel Brocke (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Hall West Hartford, CT
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: September 19, 2018

Akok Akok joined the team as a redshirt walkon for the spring semester.[8]

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, HuskyVision
Southern Connecticut W 96–64 
 17  B. Adams   7  Carlton   5  Smith  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (5,646)
Storrs, CT
Non-conference regular season
November 8, 2018*
7:00 pm, SNY
Morehead State
2K Sports Classic campus-site game
W 80–70  1–0
 17  Carlton   8  Tied   4  Tied  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
November 11, 2018*
5:00 pm, SNY
UMKC
2K Sports Classic campus-site game
W 94–66  2–0
 22  Smith   10  Vital   4  Tied  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (7,261)
Storrs, CT
November 15, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 15 Syracuse
2K Sports Classic semifinals/rivalry
W 83–76  3–0
 16  Tied   13  Cobb   8  Gilbert  Madison Square Garden (14,417)
New York, NY
November 16, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Iowa
2K Sports Classic championship
L 72–91  3–1
 20  J. Adams   7  Cobb   4  Gilbert  Madison Square Garden (10,909)
New York, NY
November 20, 2018*
7:00 pm, SNY
Cornell W 91–74  4–1
 21  J. Adams   5  Gilbert   3  J. Adams  XL Center (7,328)
Hartford, CT
November 24, 2018*
12:00 pm, SNY
New Hampshire W 91–66  5–1
 17  Tied   10  Vital   4  Vital  XL Center (8,351)
Hartford, CT
November 27, 2018*
7:00 pm, SNY
UMass Lowell W 97–75  6–1
 19  Tied   8  Carlton   6  Gilbert  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (5,507)
Storrs, CT
December 2, 2018*
1:00 pm, ESPN2
Arizona L 72–76  6–2
 21  J. Adams   10  Cobb   6  J. Adams  XL Center (14,603)
Hartford, CT
December 5, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
Lafayette W 90–63  7–2
 21  J. Adams   7  Carlton   11  Gilbert  XL Center (6,928)
Hartford, CT
December 8, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 11 Florida State
Never Forget Tribute Classic
L 71–79  7–3
 24  Gilbert   6  Yakwe   3  Tied  Prudential Center (7,142)
Newark, NJ
December 15, 2018*
8:00 pm, SNY
Manhattan W 61–46  8–3
 13  Vital   8  Vital   4  Gilbert  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (6,259)
Storrs, CT
December 18, 2018*
7:00 pm, SNY
Drexel W 97–65  9–3
 20  Tied   6  Vital   5  Smith  XL Center (6,951)
Hartford, CT
December 22, 2018*
12:30 pm, CBS
vs. Villanova
New York Showcase
L 58–81  9–4
 18  Vital   5  Vital   5  J. Adams  Madison Square Garden (16,027)
New York, NY
AAC regular season
January 2, 2019
8:30 pm, CBSSN
at South Florida L 68–76  9–5
(0–1)
 25  J. Adams   7  Cobb   3  Tied  Yuengling Center (3,429)
Tampa, FL
January 5, 2019
12:00 pm, ESPNews
UCF L 53–63  9–6
(0–2)
 18  Gilbert   8  Cobb   4  J. Adams  XL Center (10,541)
Hartford, CT
January 10, 2019
7:00 pm, CBSSN
SMU W 76–64  10–6
(1–2)
 21  J. Adams   7  Tied   3  Tied  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (6,538)
Storrs, CT
January 12, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at Cincinnati L 72–74 OT 10–7
(1–3)
 18  Gilbert   10  Vital   6  J. Adams  Fifth Third Arena (11,375)
Cincinnati, OH
January 16, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNews
at Tulsa L 83–89  10–8
(1–4)
 27  J. Adams   7  Vital   4  Smith  Reynolds Center (3,798)
Tulsa, OK
January 19, 2019
2:00 pm, CBSSN
Tulane W 87–71  11–8
(2–4)
 31  J. Adams   8  Tied   3  Tied  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (7,437)
Storrs, CT
January 26, 2019
6:00 pm, CBSSN
Wichita State W 80–60  12–8
(3–4)
 21  Vital   12  J. Adams   6  Gilbert  Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
January 31, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at UCF L 67–73  12–9
(3–5)
 27  J. Adams   11  Carlton   4  Smith  CFE Arena (5,016)
Orlando, FL
February 3, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPNews
East Carolina W 76–52  13–9
(4–5)
 20  Carlton   16  Carlton   7  Vital  XL Center (8,873)
Hartford, CT
February 6, 2019
6:00 pm, CBSSN
at Temple L 63–81  13–10
(4–6)
 18  Tied   13  Tied   5  Vital  Liacouras Center (6,129)
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, TBA
at SMU   
                  Moody Coliseum 
Dallas, TX
February 24, 2019
2:00 pm, ESPN
Cincinnati   
                  XL Center 
Hartford, CT
February 28, 2019
7:00 pm, TBA
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.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR RV RV Not released 
Coaches NR NR NR NR

References[edit]