Dan Hurley

Coaches Week: The infectious madness of Dan Hurley

Coaches Week: The infectious madness of Dan Hurley

Just as actors on a stage are taught to exaggerate every expression or emotion the entire audience to see, Hurley’s reactions are absurdly over-the-top, his face twisting into shapes not known to be possible. He’s laughing with the officials in one moment and screaming incredulously at them in the next. He’s as physical and animated with his players as any coach in the country, a testament to the mutual respect he builds between team and coach.

Men’s basketball hopes to get back in the win column against Wichita State

Men’s basketball hopes to get back in the win column against Wichita State

“That’s culture, that’s character,” Hurley said. “All the things you’ll need to develop here, besides increasing the talent, just getting older and better. The culture, the character, stuff like that needs great improvement and something we fight for every day as a coaching staff.”

Men's Basketball: Re-energized Huskies look for revenge at UCF

Men's Basketball: Re-energized Huskies look for revenge at UCF

On Thursday night, UConn will look to display that same kind of dominance, though this time against a stronger opponent on their turf. The Huskies take on UCF for the second time this season after dropping the first matchup, 65-53, at the XL Center on Jan. 5.

Men’s Basketball: Huskies drop fifth of last six, come up short at Tulsa

Men’s Basketball: Huskies drop fifth of last six, come up short at Tulsa

“Listen, some things need to be done from the league office on this one,” Hurley said. “When I’m wrong, I’ll take it, I’ll take my technicals, I’ll take my ejection at the Garden, I was wrong then. But [tonight] was a complete overreaction, and then escalation.”

Men’s Basketball: Huskies suffer overtime heartbreaker at Cincinnati

Men’s Basketball: Huskies suffer overtime heartbreaker at Cincinnati

“The guys showed the type of grit you like to see,” head coach Dan Hurley told the media after the game. "Especially in the first year of what we’re trying to build here. That unwillingness to give in, and to stay in the game against the best team in the league, the bully in the conference. Obviously, the result was devastating, but you feel unbelievably respectful of that team.”

Men’s Basketball: Huskies snap losing streak against SMU thanks to standout guard performances

Men’s Basketball: Huskies snap losing streak against SMU thanks to standout guard performances

“It was determination. These guys really didn’t hang their heads in the lead-in here,” head coach Dan Hurley said. “All the credit to these guys, in particular Jalen [Adams’] leadership, and [Alterique Gilbert] hit some really tough shots.”

Men’s Basketball: UConn battles in tough loss to UCF

Men’s Basketball: UConn battles in tough loss to UCF

“It’s kind of hard to sit up here as a coach at UConn and feel real good about the effort or feel better about yourself after a 12-point home loss,” Hurley said postgame. “But after Wednesday’s game, the shame and embarrassment of our effort, the way we challenged guys coming in here about their effort, competitive nature, competitive character, I’m not sure we could have played much harder.”

Men’s Basketball: Huskies seek redemption against No. 11 Florida State

Men’s Basketball: Huskies seek redemption against No. 11 Florida State

Last Sunday, the UConn men’s basketball team got a shot against one of the biggest names in college basketball in the Arizona Wildcats. They let that one slip away. But on Saturday, the Huskies take on a name with even stronger weight in No. 11 Florida State, with a second chance to prove they can compete with the strongest teams in the country.

Men’s Basketball: An evening with Dan Hurley

 Men’s Basketball: An evening with Dan Hurley

Hurley takes pride in the simple things. Offensive rebounds, hustle plays, throwing yourself on top of innocent cheerleaders to save a ball from going out of bounds. When Christian Vital did just that, Hurley came running over to help him up as the officials called the media timeout. And what did he say to his player?

“NICE F-ING PLAY!”

Men’s Basketball: Huskies bounce back, rout Lafayette at XL

Men’s Basketball: Huskies bounce back, rout Lafayette at XL

It wasn’t quite the frenetic atmosphere of Sunday, but UConn (7-2) certainly didn’t lack any energy. Hurley’s group put together perhaps their most complete performance to date, drilling a season-high 12 3-pointers and holding Lafayette (2-6) to just 37 percent from the field.

Men’s Basketball: UConn looks for more positive outcome this time around against Arizona

Men’s Basketball: UConn looks for more positive outcome this time around against Arizona

Time and Place: 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the XL Center in Hartford 

Where to Watch: ESPN2, 42.2 on the UConn TV listings  

Last Meeting: UConn lost 73-58 at the McKale Center in Tuscon, Arizona