When did UConn win March Madness? History of team in NCAA Basketball tournament explored

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The UConn Huskies have won four March Madness tournaments (Image via Getty Images)

The UConn Huskies will have a chance to win their fifth NCAA Tournament this year. They blew out the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Elite Eight matchup and are among the favorites to win it all.

The Huskies are well-known for their deep tournament runs and championships. They've won three national championship titles under Jim Calhoun and one title under Kevin Ollie. Can they win it all under Dan Hurley as well?

No. 4 UConn will face off against the winner of the No. 5 Miami - No. 2 Texas matchup. If they win this game, they will have a great chance of winning it all once again since they'll be matched up against one of the lower-seeded teams in the championship game.


UConn Huskies have won four NCAA titles so far

The first time the Huskies won it all was during the 1998-99 season. They entered the tournament as the first seed and faced another first-seeded team, the Duke Blue Devils, in the championship game.

Richard Hamilton, who'd later become an NBA star, led the team in scoring with 21.5 points per game. He scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Duke, beating the Blue Devils 77-74.

Hamilton led the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA championship (Image via Getty Images)
Hamilton led the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA championship (Image via Getty Images)

A couple of years later, the Huskies were victorious again. The 2003-04 team had several prominent players, including Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor and Charlie Villanueva.

No. 2 UConn faced No. 3 Georgia Tech in the championship game that year. Gordon scored 21 points, while Okafor added a 24-point, 15-rebound double-double to beat the Yellow Jackets by nine points, 82-73.

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In the 2010-11 season, the Huskies came back on top again. Led by the fantastic Kemba Walker, the third-seeded Huskies defeated No. 8 Butler in the lowest-scoring championship game in the shot clock era.

The team also had Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier, who were drafted into the NBA in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Walker won it all with the Huskies in 2011 (Image via Getty Images)
Walker won it all with the Huskies in 2011 (Image via Getty Images)

The last national championship the UConn Huskies captured was in 2014. They entered the NCAA tournament as the seventh-seeded team, but advanced all the way to the final game, matching up against No. 8 Kentucky.

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Napier won his second NCAA championship title, but he was the best player on the team this time. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 22 points on 50% shooting in the championship game, leading his team to a 6-point victory (60-54).

The Huskies defeated several tough teams during this championship run, including No. 1 Florida in the Final Four and No. 2 Villanova in the second round of the tournament.

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Edited by Asmir Pekmic