UCONN Huskies Basketball News – 2013 Connecticut Huskies Basketball Updates
In his second year as head coach, Kevin Ollie is eager to take his boys to the top. With the postseason ban finally lifted, the Huskies have high hopes of entering the NCAA Tournament
this season. Ollie replaced the legendary Jim Calhoun just last year, but because the team was ineligible (UConn was penalized due to poor Academic Progress Rates during Calhoun era), he faced light pressure to pull off a winning season. Under Calhoun, UConn won the national title in 2011 for their third NCAA Tournament Championship, and the Huskies are looking to propel themselves into the Final 4
this season, as all systems are go.
UConn's postseason rush begins on Nov 8 against the Maryland Terrapins
at Barclays Center
. Soon after, they are pitted against in-state rival Yale
(Nov 11), later in the month they will participate in the 2K Sports Classic
at Madison Square Garden
(Nov 21 and 22), and then in December they’ll host No. 10 Florida in one of the top non-conference college basketball games
of the season. The Huskies have 18 conference games, beginning with a match against the Houston Cougars
on New Years Eve. Division opponents, the Louisville Cardinals
are visiting Gampel Pavilion on Jan 18 and travel to the KFC Yum! Center
Mar 8 for the last regular season game, when the Huskies try to shake up the reigning AAC Champs.
Lucky Connecticut, their top seven scorers are returning, including their “Big Three”: Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels (lead rebounder last season). Fresh faces Terrence Samuels, Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey join the lineup this year, and great things are expected from newbie Facey. Last year, even though UConn knew they were ineligible, the Huskies came up with 20-11 on the season, so fans are excited to see them play with more vigor and vivacity now that the record counts! Watch the Huskies as they try to fulfill high expectations and participate in the first-ever American Athletic Conference Tournament (Mar 12-15)!