Connecticut Huskies, UConn 2005/06

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Huskies, UConn Big East
Coach: Jim Calhoun
Record: 30-4
Dance Seed: 1
Dance Result: Round of 8
Players: Rudy Gay
*Rashad Anderson
*Marcus Williams
NCAA Stats CategoryRank+/-
Scoring Offense * 5 A+
Scoring Defense * 130 C+
Free-Throw Percentage * 121 C+
Rebound Margin * 2 A+
Assists Per Game * 35 B+
Turnovers Per Game * 147
Scoring Margin 4 A+
Field-Goal Percentage 30 B+
Field-Goal Percentage Defense 4 A+
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage 83 B-
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 253 D+
Won-Lost Percentage 4 A+
Blocked Shots Per Game 1 A+
Steals Per Game 200 C-
Personal Fouls Per Game 21 A-
MPI - Marchpool Index 6 A+
Dance of 68 StatsRank+/-
Ball Control54C-
RPI Decade28
Round of 8
#11 Seed: The 2005/06 Connecticut Huskies were a dominant group of athletes on paper, but never quite lived up to the hype.  They were the 2nd best team in terms of paint (rebound/blocks) of the ENTIRE 2002/11 decade (3400+ CBB teams), often leveraging their size and strength advantage to destroy lesser talented opponents.  Coach Calhoun's squad seemed to lose focus and allow motivated underdog squads to dramatically hang around.  Jim Larranga's George Mason team, coach of 11th seeded uber-Cinderella George Mason, made UConn pay their karmic bill in stunning fashion. The Huskies Elite 8 overtime loss to Masons' underdog-Patriots was one of the highlights for all of college basketball mid-major programs for this or any decade - almost surreal in terms of sheer magnitude and drama.