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Connecticut Huskies
RECORD: - REGION: Phoenix  SEED: 2
COACH: Jim Calhoun CONFERENCE: AAC
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Vermont 1st Round W 70 - 53
DePaul 2nd Round W 72 - 55
Vanderbilt Sweet 16 W 73 - 53
Alabama Elite Eight W 87 - 71
Duke Final Four W 79 - 78
Georgia Tech Championship W 82 - 73


REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS


Will lose when ...
The Huskies don't take great care of the ball, and they don't shoot free throws well.

Famous Last Words
UConn is deep and talented and will have the best player on the floor in almost any game it plays. A legitimate NCAA title contender, if Okafor is healthy.

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TO THIS POINT    
How They Got Here: Big East champions
Fewer teams had an easier path to the Sweet 16 than the Huskies. In its first-round game in Buffalo, Connecticut permitted No. 15 Vermont to score the game's first seven points before getting down to business. Emeka Okafor, evidently over his previously sore back, helped limit the Catamounts' Taylor Coppenrath, the country's third-leading scorer, to 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting, and UConn rolled to a 70-53 win.

Rested and barely tested, UConn in the second round faced a seventh-seeded DePaul squad that had needed double overtime two nights earlier to oust Dayton. The Huskies' depth and balance were on full display, with Ben Gordon notching 18 points, Denham Brown 12, Taliek Brown 11, and Okafor 10, along with 12 rebounds, and UConn smoked the Blue Demons, 72-55.

In Phoenix on Thursday, the Huskies will take on No. 6 Vanderbilt, which scored a very impressive win over North Carolina State in the second round Sunday. UConn's task will be to stop 6-10 Matt Freije, the SEC's scoring leader. Paging Mr. Okafor ...

The Huskies were a consensus preseason No. 1 pick, but twice lost as the top-ranked team in the country to ACC teams (Georgia Tech and UNC). And, until winning the Big East tournament, UConn wasn't even a consensus pick as the best team in their own league. But even with Okafor missing the first two games in MSG, the Huskies reached the title game, where Okafor helped the Huskies to a one-point victory over Pittsburgh. UConn entered the Dance with an ailing Charlie Villanueva (ankle) and still not sure when Okafor's stress fracture will cause another case of back spasms. Ben Gordon was brilliant in the Big East tournament, breaking Allan Iverson's record for points scored.

PLAYER TO WATCH      
Emeka Okafor | F/C | Junior
There are multiple reasons to watch Emeka Okafor. First, the Big East Player of the Year leads the Huskies in scoring, boards and blocks. Quick, strong and athletic, he dominates on both ends of the court. Secondly, keep an eye on his health. If back problems flare up, UConn's title hopes are in jeopardy.

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Emeka Okafor F-C  6-10  255 Jr 18.511.60.932.9.603.511.000
  Ben Gordon 6-3  200   18.14.84.834.0.442.803.446
  Rashad Anderson G-F  6-5  215 Sr 10.12.60.720.6.424.780.391
  Charlie Villanueva 6-11  240 So 10.05.50.820.2.515.678.364
  Denham Brown 6-6  220 Sr 9.84.21.427.0.442.759.402
  Josh Boone F-C  6-10  237 Jr 5.95.70.721.2.551.441.000
  Taliek Brown 6-1  195 Sr 5.83.66.729.3.406.531.200
  Marcus Williams 6-3  205 Jr 2.91.34.314.1.370.692.176
  Hilton Armstrong F-C  6-11  235   2.42.70.29.0.491.486.000
  Marcus White 6-8  214 Jr 2.02.30.06.8.600.286.000
  Shamon Tooles G-F  6-5  230 Sr 0.81.30.26.7.643.667.000
  Ryan Swaller 6-5  216 Sr 0.50.30.21.3.429.000.000
  Justin Evanovich 6-3  185 Sr 0.30.30.31.2.333.667.000
  Jason Baisch 6-6  250 Sr 0.30.50.01.7.143.500.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
@ SyracuseL, 67-56   
Seton HallW, 89-67   
@ VillanovaW, 75-74   
@ St. John'sW, 71-53   
Notre DameW, 61-50   


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