Connecticut Huskies, UConn 2008/09

<<  Xavier 2004/05 Duke 2004/05  >>

Huskies, UConn Big East
Coach: Jim Calhoun
Record: 31-5
Dance Seed: 1
Dance Result: Round of 4
Players: Hasheem Thabeet
A.J. Price
*Jeff Adrien
*Jerome Dyson
NCAA Stats CategoryRank+/-
RPI absolute 1 A+
Scoring Offense * 18
Scoring Defense * 83 B-
Free-Throw Percentage * 206 C-
Rebound Margin * 3 A+
Assists Per Game * 27 A-
Turnovers Per Game * 81 B-
Scoring Margin 4 A+
Field-Goal Percentage 28 A-
Field-Goal Percentage Defense 3 A+
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game 301 F+
Won-Lost Percentage 3 A+
Blocked Shots Per Game 1 A+
Steals Per Game 248 D+
Personal Fouls Per Game 1 A+
Assist Turnover Ratio 23 A-
ThreePt FG Defense 18
Turnover Margin 228 C-
MPI - Marchpool Index 13
Dance of 68 StatsRank+/-
Ball Control17B+
RPI Decade36B-
Round of 4
The 2008/09 Connecticut Huskies were considered by many to be the best college b-ball team in America for much of the campaign.  While they ultimately made it to the Final Four, these Huskies never fully recovered from a mid-February injury to star guard Jerome Dyson. Hasheem Thabeet dominating the paint like no other center in CBB that season for the Huskies. With solid ball control coming from veteran A.J. Price and a young Kemba Walker, many scribes gave these wounded Huskies a good shot at defeating eventual 08/09 national champion-to-be UNC. The Huskies exited from the dance in the semifinals at the hands of Tom Izzo's MSU Spartans, who were inspired to peak performance by the 70,000+ mostly partisan fans in the Detroit-held 2009 Final Four.