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UConn Games to Watch on YouTube

Rob Joyce
March 17, 2020 - 1:45 pm
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We’re all looking for things to do in this new sports-less world. We’ve resorted to desperate measures to whet our competitive appetites: watching raindrops race down a window, betting on foreign sports and leagues we’ve never heard of previously and countless other unusual tactics.

Another easy way to pass a few hours without really thinking about it is to go online and watch old games. YouTube, in particular, is a treasure trove of full game archives. As March Madness doesn’t get underway this week, we’re here to help. Here are a smattering of the full game archives readily available on YouTube that any UConn fan can watch and enjoy:

1999 MBB National Championship: It’s the only game in UConn history, in any sport, where you can tell any Husky fan the score and they’ll immediately know to which game you’re referring. A simple “77-74” will bring a smile to any Connecticut fan’s face as they think back to Rip Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin and the Huskies shocking the world against juggernaut Duke to win the national championship in St. Petersburg. 

1995 WBB National Championship: Eleven national championships and a current streak of 12 straight Final Fours has made UConn fans incredibly lucky. For the better part of two decades Geno Auriemma and the Huskies have been the hunted, not the hunters. So rewind back in time to 1995, when Connecticut was in just its second Final Four and playing for its first-ever title against mighty Tennessee. After beating the Lady Vols earlier that season on Martin Luther King Day, UConn did it again in Minneapolis, 77-66 to cap a 35-0 season.

2011 Big East Tournament Quarterfinals: There are a lot of great shots in UConn history, and what you consider “the best one” probably depends on your generation. Tate George’s shot against Clemson, Richard Hamilton’s putback versus Washington or Kemba Walker’s step-back are the candidates, the latter of which is obviously the highlight of the 2011 Big East Tournament quarterfinal against Pitt. But don’t forget how good the game was for the first 39:42, as well, with four ties and five lead changes in the final nine minutes, while Walker and Ashton Gibbs traded blows for 40 minutes.

1998 Sweet 16: Okay, you’ve seen the Kemba game-winner on a loop for nine years – not that there’s anything wrong with that – and you’re in the mood for another classic. Enter Richard Hamilton. A year before the Huskies would cut down the nets for the first time, they made a run to the Elite 8 in Greensboro, lifted by a classic against Washington in the Sweet 16. You probably remember Hamilton’s third (fourth?) chance putback to stun UW.

The game was so tiresome that Kevin Freeman had to be stretchered off afterwards.

2014 WBB National Championship: There have been a lot of nail-biters on this list. Why not relax for 100 minutes? In 2014 the national championship game featured two unbeaten teams for the first time ever – in men’s or women’s history. When UConn (39-0) met Notre Dame (37-0) in Nashville, history was on the line, but the game itself wasn’t exactly close. The Huskies led by seven at halftime before imposing their will in the second half and winning going away 79-58 for the second of what became four straight national titles.

(And if you didn’t know, the night prior the UConn men would win the national championship against Kentucky... that’s on YouTube too)

2004 MBB Final Four: There were bigger things to come two nights later – with the Huskies beating Georgia Tech for their second national title – but the semifinal was the better game. Emeka Okafor found himself in foul trouble against Duke, and consequently UConn found itself down eight with 3:28 to play. A 12-0 run later, that deficit was gone. Okafor scored 18 second-half points, the defense between him, Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva was tenacious, and the Huskies won it 79-78.

2007 FB vs USF: There aren’t a whole lot of old football games on YouTube. The 2009 Notre Dame double-overtime win, the 2010 game against USF to clinch a Fiesta Bowl berth, or the overtime win over West Virginia to finally beat the Mountaineers are all missing – at least the full-game archive. So we’ll have to settle for a victory at the Rent against nationally-ranked South Florida, the program’s first over a ranked team.

In all of the great linebackers UConn had in the ‘00s – from Alfred Fincher and Mo Lloyd to Danny Lansanah, Scott Lutrus, Lawrence Wilson and Greg Lloyd – it was an unheralded backup, Greg Robinson, Jr., that made the play of the game, reading Matt Grothe’s bootleg and making a fourth-down stop in the red zone to secure the 22-15 win.

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