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All the times UConn men and women reached Final Four in same year

All the times UConn men and women reached Final Four in same year


There’s a pretty good reason why Storrs, Connecticut has become known as the basketball capital of the world. If anyone in the college hoops universe had forgotten about it, they were swiftly reminded this weekend, when both the UConn men and women punched their tickets to the Final Four.

It’s the fifth time overall that both Huskies programs have reached the Final Four in the same year. No other program has accomplished that feat more than once, and it’s only happened eight other times in history— Georgia (1983), Duke (1999), Oklahoma (2002), Texas (2003), Michigan State (2005), LSU (2006), Louisville (2013), Syracuse (2016) and NC State, which joined UConn with both programs in this year’s Final Four.

Here’s a look back at all of the Huskies’ dual Final Four appearances, and how they fared each time:

2004

UConn men: Won national championship

UConn women: Won national championship

The year began with Emeka Okafor and Diana Taurasi sharing the cover of Sports Illustrated, and it ended just as the magazine had predicted in the preseason– with both cutting down the nets. The UConn men stormed to the Final Four on the strength of four blowout victories, then earned a memorable, stirring comeback win over Duke, 79-78 in the national semifinals. The Huskies coasted to an 82-73 victory over Georgia Tech to take home the title, the fourth in program history. Okafor was named Final Four Most Oustanding Player, while Ben Gordon and Rashad Anderson joined them on the All-Tournament team.

Like the men, the women entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed– the first time in six years they hadn’t been a No. 1 going into the Dance. It may have only served as a chip on their shoulders, as the Huskies cruised past Penn and Auburn in their first two games, then successfully dodged a Cinderella in No. 11 UC-Santa Barbara, 63-57, in the Sweet 16. The Huskies outclassed Minnesota in the national semis in New Orleans, and outlasted old rival Tennessee, 70-61, in the title game. Taurasi was named Most Outstanding Player, and she was joined by Jessica Moore and Ann Strother on the All-Tournament team.

Dom Amore: In triumph of coaching and spirit, UConn women return to Final Four

2009

UConn men: Lost in national semifinals

UConn women: Won national championship

The men had cut down the nets in each of their first two appearances in the Final Four, but the third time proved to be the charm for opponents, as Draymond Green and Michigan State sent…

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