Tournament Guide: Connecticut résumé

Originally Published: March 14, 2004
By By Tom Durso | Bracketologist

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Connecticut's complete Bracketology chart
Take a look inside the data used by the tournament selection committee in seeding the bracket.

Team Data
Points Per Game
Points Allowed
Scoring Margin
80.0 ppg
64.2 ppg
FG pct.
FG allowed
3-PT pct.
3-PT allowed
3PT ratio (of FG) FT pct.
FT totals
Reb. Margin
TO Margin
Asst:TO ratio
Asst:FG ratio
+9.1 rpg
+1.3 tpg

Individual Numbers
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad Notes




Taliek Brown
(6-1, 200, SR)
Ben Gordon
(6-2, 195, JR)
Denham Brown
(6-5, 205, SO)
Josh Boone
(6-10, 230, FR)
Emeka Okafor
(6-9, 252, JR)




5.6 ppg, 6.6 apg

17.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg

10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg

5.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg

18.7 ppg, 11.5 rpg
2.9 Asst/TO

.453 3PT

.457 FG

.573 FG

4.5 bpg
.554 FT

2.6 tpg

.921 Ast/TO

.407 FT

.511 FT
Four-year starter brings savvy and poise.
All Big-East pick can score, rebound, pass.
Athletic player with a nice touch.
A shot-blocking big man with much potential.
Country's best big man is special player (if healthy)
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad Notes

C. Villanueva
(6-11, 230, FR)
R. Anderson
(6-5, 210, SO)

10.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg

9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg
.520 FG

.392 3PT
.645 Ast/TO

.778 Ast/TO
Big East All-Rookie pick can score inside and out.
A potent 3-point threat off the bench.

Season notes
High Point A 17-point thrashing of then No. 6 Oklahoma on Jan. 11 was the result of a dominant defensive performance.
Low Point A 75-68 loss to Pitt on Feb. 15 was the Huskies' second in a row and helped propel the Panthers to the Big East regular-season title.
Most Revealing Moment After losing two of three in January, Connecticut responded with back-to-back road wins against Virginia Tech and Boston College.
Did You Know? Besides being named the Big East Player of the Year, Okafor also was tabbed the conference Defensive Player and Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Scouting report
Offensive Preference A well-rounded, inside-outside game that relies on transition and speed for easy buckets.
Defensive Philosophy Challenge the ball down low. UConn set a school record for blocked shots this season.
Secret Strength A deep bench along with a good mix of youth and veteran leadership.
Achilles Heel Okafor's balky back hampered him again toward the end of the regular season and could spell trouble in March.
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.

Tournament History (1985-2003) Overall NCAA History
NCAA appearances: 11 (of 19)
Seed average:3.73
Highest seed No. 1 (1990, 1996, 1999)
Lowest seed: No. 11 (1991)
Biggest upset:1991 vs. No. 6 LSU
Most upsetting:1996 vs. No. 5 Mississippi State
Bracketology score: 1.03
NCAA appearances: 24
All-time record:32-24 (.571)
Best finish: 1999, national champions
Coach's NCAA record: Jim Calhoun (31-17, .646)

Quad comparison
            Inside N-C Luna     vs.  vs.  Bad Cls Lst   
Team      Sd  RPI  RPI RPI SOS 1-25 26-50  L   L  10   B-Scr OffQ  DefQ   ASM
UConn      2   5    26   7  17  4-5  6-1   0   1  8-2  1.03  12.3   5.9  18.2
Vermont   15  115  279 105 281  0-0  0-1   5   2  7-3  1.00  (0.3)  2.8   2.5
Dayton    10   39   61  47  94  0-2  4-2   1   3  5-5  0.83  (0.3)  5.5   5.2
DePaul     7   41  100  26  67  2-2  3-4   0   0  8-2  1.17   3.9   1.6   5.5
Quad Comparison Key
InsideRPI Insider's replication of the Ratings Percentage Index.
N-C RPI RPI in non-conference games only.
LunaRPI Joe Lunardi's "predictive" RPI.
SOS Strenth of Schedule (all games).
1-25 Record vs. 1-25 RPI teams.
26-50 Record vs. 26-50 RPI teams.
Bad Loss Losses to teams ranked below 150 in the RPI.
Close Loss Losses by 3 points or less or in overtime.
Last 10 Record in Last 10 games before tourney.
B-Score Bracketology Scores measure whether a team more often "exceeds" its seed or "falls short" of expectation (average B-Score is 1.00).
OffQ Offensive Quotient (average points per game by which a team exceeds/falls below the aggregate defense of its opponents).
DefQ Defensive Quotient (average points per game allowed below/above the aggregate offense of its opponents).
ASM Adjusted Scoring Margin (OffQ+DefQ) has accurately predicted 10 of the last 16 Final Four participants).