UConn Basketball is synonymous with excellence. The Husky men's and women's basketball programs have captured a combined 11 NCAA national championships and 54 BIG EAST Conference regular season or tournament titles. The two teams have appeared in 55 NCAA Tournaments and have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 on 34 occasions. UConn has produced 34 First Team All-Americans, and 32 Huskies have been first-round NBA or WNBA draft picks.
Beyond the wins, our University has rewritten history on multiple occasions. In 2004, UConn became the only school to ever win men's and women's basketball national championships in the same year. UConn is the only institution to have two active head basketball coaches, Geno Auriemma and Jim Calhoun, enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On December 21, 2010, our women's program captured its 89th straight victory, eclipsing UCLA's iconic NCAA record of 88-consecutive wins. That same year, our men's team won five games in five days at Madison Square Garden to claim the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament crown, which marked the first time a school has won five straight games to capture a conference tournament title. The amazing run continued into the NCAA tournament as the team dazzled the nation by reeling off six more victories to win its third national title.
With three national championships and four Final Four appearances in the last 15 years, the University of Connecticut men’s basketball program has firmly established itself as one of the nation's elite.
As a charter member of the Big East Conference, arguably the top college basketball league in the country over the last 30 years, the Huskies enjoyed unprecedented success, winning 17 league titles, including a record-setting seven Big East Tournament championships since 1990. Moving forward, UConn will strive for the same kind of success in the American Athletic Conference.
Nationally, the Huskies have had an impressive impact over the last 25 years, winning 48 games in 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, posting a .762 winning percentage, reaching the Sweet 16 13 times, and the Elite Eight nine times.
The Huskies brought home national titles in 1999, 2004, and 2011, and also reached the Final Four in 2009.
UConn's rise to become a national power can be credited to 26-year head coach Jim Calhoun, one of only five coaches in NCAA history to have won three national championships. His 873 career wins rank sixth all-time among Division I coaches, and his 51 wins in the NCAA tourney place him among the top five all-time, as do his eight 30-win seasons. He ranks third all-time in number of games coached. Calhoun, a 2005 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, sent 27 players into the NBA, including NBA All-Stars Clifford Robinson, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, and Caron Butler.
In 2012, Calhoun handed the UConn coaching reins to his former point guard, Kevin Ollie, who immediately began a coaching legacy of his own with a 20-win season, the only first-year UConn coach to ever accomplish the feat.
The University of Connecticut women's basketball team burst onto the national stage during the 1994-95 season, playing in front of sold out crowds and posting a perfect 35-0 record en route to claiming the program's first national championship. Eight national championships and 14 Final Fours later, UConn women's basketball has established itself as the standard for success in the sport and as the team of the 21st century.
In 1985, Geno Auriemma took over an 11-year old program that had put together just one winning season. In four years, the Huskies claimed their first BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament championships and made their first of 25-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Just two years later, the team advanced to its first of 14 Final Fours and the program was on the fast track to greatness.
To go along with its eight national titles, the program has produced 37 BIG EAST Championships, including 19 Regular Season titles and 18 Tournament crowns, 29 First Team All-America selections, seven National Players of the Year and 11 Academic All-Americans.
Auriemma was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 and became one of only six coaches all-time to eclipse the 800-win mark on March 6, 2012, the same night Connecticut captured its fifth straight BIG EAST Tournament crown.
A 10-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year and seven-time Associated Press National Coach of the Year honoree, Auriemma completed the 2012-13 campaign with an 839-133 record. His .862 winning percentage is tops among active coaches and is the second-highest mark all-time.
A model of consistency, the Huskies have made the NCAA Sweet 16 in each of the last 20 seasons but Connecticut established itself as the preeminent program in women's college as the 20th century became the 21st. Since 2000 UConn has won seven national championships, appeared in 11 Final Fours, won 20 BIG EAST Championships and posted 30-win seasons in all but one year.
2012-13 marked UConn’s third national championship in the last five years and it’s record sixth-straight trip to the Final Four. With three players who have earned All-America honors and Final Four Most Outstanding Performer Breanna Stewart returning in 2013-14, the Huskies are showing no signs of slowing down.