The UConn Huskies are back on top of the college basketball world. Only a year removed from a postseason ban, and in just his second season as head coach, Kevin Ollie led his squad to the program’s fourth national championship. Along the way the Huskies knocked off overall No. 1 seed Florida, tournament favorite Michigan State, and John Calipari’s NBA-ready Kentucky team. UConn also beat 2-seed Villanova, 3-seed Iowa State, and 15-seed Milwaukee.
It was an impressive run by the Huskies, who were given very little shot at winning the Big Dance before March Madness began. But here we are, celebrating another UConn title. In honor of the Huskies’ march, we’ve gathered 11 incredible stats.
- UConn is the first 7-seed to hoist a national championship trophy.
- UConn is the only team to win 4 titles in the last 16 years, good for an average of 1 every 4 years.
- UConn is only team to have a perfect, 4-0 record in the title game.
- UConn basketball (men’s and women’s) is a perfect 12-0 in national championship games.
- UConn was 100% from the free throw line (10-for-10) against Kentucky, the first ever team to accomplish that in a title game.
- UConn is only the second team since 1979 to win a title without a McDonald’s All American on the roster. Maryland in 2002 is the other.
- UConn never trailed Kentucky.
- Kevin Ollie is first D1 coach to win a title in his first two seasons since Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989.
- UConn is first team since NC State in 1974 to win a title without playing in the postseason the previous year.
- UConn owns the largest regular season loss for an eventual national champion. The Huskies fell to Louisville by 33 points (81-48) to end the regular season on March 8.
- Shabazz Napier is just the fourth player ever to record 125 points, 25 rebounds and 25 assists in one NCAA tournament. He joins Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose and Larry Bird.
- UConn is first champion since Arizona (1997) to win the tournament without winning its regular season or conference tournament.
Info from ESPN Stats & Info was used in this post
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