UConn Men's Basketball

Catching Up with David Onuorah

Catching Up with David Onuorah

The prestigious UConn Men’s Basketball program has produced a solid amount of NBA players, but not every Husky is bound for the Association. A lot of former Huskies have a drive and skill that allows them to keep playing professionally beyond Storrs, all across the globe.

Catching Up with Mark Daigneault

Catching Up with Mark Daigneault

Andre Drummond is leading the league in rebounding, Kemba Walker is on the precipice of being named All-NBA and Caron Butler and Richard Hamilton are commentating games on national TV. However, in the NBA G-League, the NBA’s minor league and development arm, another former Husky is doing his part in growing the great game and great league so many fans have come to love. 

Men's Basketball: 3-point clinic propels UConn past USF in first round of AAC Tourney

Men's Basketball: 3-point clinic propels UConn past USF in first round of AAC Tourney

The Huskies ended up finishing 13-for-24 from behind the arc and rode big performances from its trio of guards to advance past USF, 80-73, in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Men’s Basketball: It’s win or go home time for the Huskies

Men’s Basketball: It’s win or go home time for the Huskies

“I don’t even think like that,” senior Jalen Adams said when asked whether he’s thought about Thursday’s game as potentially his final in a UConn uniform. “I just have that confidence that we’re gonna win whatever game we’re going to if we do the right things.”

Point/Counterpoint: Will UConn beat USF in the Conference Tournament?

Point/Counterpoint: Will UConn beat USF in the Conference Tournament?

The American Athletic Conference tournament starts on Thursday with UConn matching up against USF. The two teams split their regular season matchups with both teams winning close games at home, so it might as well be a coinflip on a neutral court in Memphis. Neil Simmons and Jorge Eckardt debate whether the Huskies can win this game, or if their season will come to an early end.

Men’s Basketball: Adams returns, Huskies close out regular season with first road win

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley reacts to a foul call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Temple, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies bounced back Sunday afternoon in their final game of the regular season against East Carolina. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley reacts to a foul call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Temple, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies bounced back Sunday afternoon in their final game of the regular season against East Carolina. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

In their final game before the conference tournament and with not much to gain from a victory, there were plenty of reasons why senior Jalen Adams should have sit out Sunday’s matchup against ECU. With his post-college stock in the balance, it’s a wonder whether there was any reason for returning this season at all.

A season in which Adams drew more criticism—about his play, his work ethic, his commitment to the program—than anyone else on the roster. But on Sunday, he certainly cared more about the name on the front of the jersey than the one on the back.

“Being at one school for four years, it’s only right you get to put on the jersey to close out the end of the season,” Adams said after the game. “It just meant a lot for me to be out there with my brothers.”

After the game, head coach Dan Hurley confirmed that Adams had been cleared for play, but the decision on whether he’d suit up was ultimately his to make. Apparently, it wasn’t a tough choice.

“Don’t you dare get out there unless you know 100 percent without question that you’re healthy enough to play. If there’s anything that doesn’t feel great to you, you cannot get out on the court,” Hurley said before the game. “Jalen wanted in badly and I couldn’t keep him out. He was adamant.”

It took until the regular season finale against second-to-last place ECU (10-20, 3-15 The American) to do it, but UConn (15-16, 6-12 The American) finally secured a victory in a true road game. Entering Sunday, the Huskies were winless in all eight previous road games this season.

Adams, who had missed the last seven games with a sprained MCL, was not visibly hobbled by the knee but was clearly gassed for much of the second half. That didn’t stop him from taking over down the stretch.

When the Pirates pulled within two, 64-62, with 5:36 remaining, it looked like the start of another road collapse. But with Adams facilitating the entire way, the Huskies responded with a 13-1 run and never looked back.

On an afternoon where his outside shot showed considerable rust, Adams played the role of facilitator. The senior matched his career-high with 12 assists (against just two turnovers) to go along with 13 points. He was in the middle of everything in crunchtime, driving through the lane before dumping it off for a Josh Carlton dunk or lobbing it up for a Sidney Wilson alley-oop.

It was quite a redemption night for Adams, but he certainly didn’t do it alone. Sophomore Tyler Polley was locked in from beyond the arc, hitting five treys and scoring 16 of his 19 points in the second half. Carlton was once again unstoppable in the paint, joining Adams in the double-double club with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Vital had 16 and Wilson added 10, all of which on rim-rattling slams.

It just meant a lot for me to be out there with my brothers.
— Jalen Adams

With the win, UConn locks up the No. 9 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament. That sets up a date with No. 8 seeded USF (19-12, 8-10 The American), who have dropped four of their last five games, on Thursday at 1 p.m.

The teams split their season series this year. Unsurprisingly, the Huskies lost at USF on Jan. 2 but pulled out a two-point victory on March 3 at Gampel Pavilion.

“It’s getting around that time, it’s March, anything can happen,” Adams told Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant after the game. “I’ve been on teams where we weren’t supposed to win certain games and we won those games just by believing … Anything’s possible next week.”

If the Huskies are unable to get out of the first round, it’ll be the final time that Adams takes the court in a UConn uniform. After Sunday’s memorable performance, he reflected on his time at UConn and his basketball career moving forward.

“This will probably be my last time playing on a team where everyone genuinely cares for me and has love for me,” Adams said. “The rest after this is gonna probably be just business.”


Andrew Morrison is the associate sports editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at andrew.morrison@uconn.edu. He tweets at @asmor24.

Men’s Basketball: Gilbert injured yet again in 78-71 Senior Night loss

Men’s Basketball: Gilbert injured yet again in 78-71 Senior Night loss

It started out as a good night for UConn men’s basketball. The senior tribute video was heartwarming. Everybody got excited when the clip of Jalen’s 75-foot shot played—twice. The game started slow, but UConn was only down by five at the half and held a small lead late into the second half. It looked like the Huskies could really pull off an undefeated season at Gampel.

Men’s Basketball: On Senior Night, another ‘excruciating’ loss for Huskies

Men’s Basketball: On Senior Night, another ‘excruciating’ loss for Huskies

For a good stretch of the second half of Thursday’s home finale against Temple, the Huskies’ offense looked as good as it had all season. Outside shots were falling, the ball was swinging, Christian Vital and Josh Carlton were nearly unguardable.

Then, with seven minutes remaining, Alterique Gilbert suffered a scary injury, laying mostly motionless on the floor for several minutes and bleeding badly from his head. Gampel was stunned, and the Huskies along with it. By the time both recovered, the Owls had rattled off an 8-2 run, building a 70-64 lead that would prove to be insurmountable. 

Still out with injury, Adams reflects on his time at UConn ahead of Senior Night

Still out with injury, Adams reflects on his time at UConn ahead of Senior Night

“I’ll just take it all in,” Adams said. “Not too many people come out onto this UConn court with all this history behind it... just being able to be a part of this and grown and just see the next generation come behind, it’s just special.”

Men’s Basketball: Allen’s number joins the Gampel rafters

Men’s Basketball: Allen’s number joins the Gampel rafters

Despite failing to make a single 3-pointer all game, playing in front of one of the best sharpshooters ever, the Huskies clawed their way to a 60-58 win over the University of South Florida on Sunday. At halftime, Allen’s No. 34 was retired.

Men’s Basketball: Huskies stunned on wild buzzer-beater in Wichita

Men’s Basketball: Huskies stunned on wild buzzer-beater in Wichita

When Alterique Gilbert drilled a 3-point bomb from the logo to tie the game with six seconds to go, it seemed like the makings of a perfect redemption story. Last month, when the Huskies defeated Wichita State by 20, Gilbert was not part of the celebrations. His night had been cut short after suffering a scary shoulder injury which would force him to miss the next five games.

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.”

Column: The legacy of the 1999 championship team lives on

Column: The legacy of the 1999 championship team lives on

Khalid El-Amin’s iconic celebration after UConn beat Duke in the 1999 national championship game was completely spontaneous, but given how poetic it was, one could have easily been fooled. UConn had never once made it to the Final Four and lost in the NIT just two years prior.