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Connecticut vs. Every Champion Since 1985

We simulate the Huskies vs. every NCAA basketball champion since the tournament expanded to 64 teams

April 9, 2014

Using our college basketball simulation engine, we placed Connecticut in a round-robin tournament featuring every national champion since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Every team in our round robin tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win %) and average points per game (Avg. PPG).

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2014 Connecticut vs. Every Champion Since 1985
RankTeamWin %Avg. PPGSim vs. 2014 UConn
12000-01 Duke Blue Devils90.996.2SimMatchup >
21995-96 Kentucky Wildcats84.294.6SimMatchup >
32004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels80.694.0SimMatchup >
41989-90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels76.394.9SimMatchup >
51997-98 Kentucky Wildcats63.683.7SimMatchup >
62007-08 Kansas Jayhawks61.884.1SimMatchup >
71991-92 Duke Blue Devils61.192.6SimMatchup >
82003-04 Connecticut Huskies61.181.6SimMatchup >
92008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels59.591.0SimMatchup >
102001-02 Maryland Terrapins58.588.2SimMatchup >
111994-95 UCLA Bruins57.290.8SimMatchup >
122006-07 Florida Gators55.484.8SimMatchup >
131992-93 North Carolina Tar Heels55.488.5SimMatchup >
141993-94 Arkansas Razorbacks55.392.5SimMatchup >
152005-06 Florida Gators50.583.1SimMatchup >
161988-89 Michigan Wolverines48.990.0SimMatchup >
172012-13 Louisville Cardinals48.178.3SimMatchup >
182011-12 Kentucky Wildcats47.577.5SimMatchup >
191998-99 Connecticut Huskies46.183.2SimMatchup >
201985-86 Louisville Cardinals44.588.2SimMatchup >
211990-91 Duke Blue Devils43.789.2SimMatchup >
221999-00 Michigan State Spartans41.282.1SimMatchup >
232009-10 Duke Blue Devils38.581.5SimMatchup >
242002-03 Syracuse Orange34.582.1SimMatchup >
251986-87 Indiana Hoosiers30.286.1SimMatchup >
262013-14 Connecticut Huskies25.974.7National Champs!
272010-11 Connecticut Huskies24.575.0SimMatchup >
281996-97 Arizona Wildcats23.884.7SimMatchup >
291984-85 Villanova Wildcats19.578.0SimMatchup >
301987-88 Kansas Jayhawks11.979.9SimMatchup >

A year removed from being ineligible for postseason competition, Connecticut stormed the NCAA Tournament. After needing overtime to escape first-round opponent St. Joseph's, the Huskies knocked off No. 2 Villanova, No. 3 Iowa State, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 1 Florida to become the first 7-seed to advance to the National Championship Game.

Against Kentucky, the Huskies were overmatched in the post but used superior guard play from Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier to continually thwart Kentucky's rallies and capture a 60-54 victory. Boatright and Napier combined for 36 of the team's 60 points and collectively added 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Napier was named the most outstanding player of the Final Four for his game-high 22 points.

With the National Championship wrapped up, Boatright and Napier have just one more tournament to navigate. Using our college basketball simulation engine, we placed the 2014 Huskies in a round-robin tournament featuring every national champion since 1985.

Connecticut didn't fare well in our "tournament of champions," as the Huskies won 25.9 percent of their games and finished 26th in the simulation. UConn was the lowest-scoring team in the field. The 2014 squad did edge out one other UConn team, the 2011 Huskies of Kemba Walker fame.

We also simulated a round-robin tournament comprised exclusively of Connecticut's four national champions, again requiring every team play the field 51 times.

2014 Connecticut vs. 1999, 2004 and 2011 Connecticut
RankTeamWin %Avg. PPGSim vs. 2014 UConn
12003-04 Connecticut Huskies78.476.8SimMatchup >
21998-99 Connecticut Huskies58.876.5SimMatchup >
32010-11 Connecticut Huskies31.770.0SimMatchup >
42013-14 Connecticut Huskies31.069.8National Champs!

Despite edging out 2011 UConn in the 30-team tournament, the 2014 squad was bested in our all-Connecticut competition. The top winning percentage in the simulation belonged to the 2004 Huskies, which featured the dual threat of Ben Gordon (18.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists during the 2003-04 season) and Emeka Okafor (17.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.1 blocks during the 2003-04 season). In addition to Gordon and Okafor, the 2004 Huskies roster including future NBA draft picks Charlie Villanueva, Josh Boone, Hilton Armstrong and Marcus Williams.

Are you interested in creating your own all-time NCAA tournament dream team? Check out our NCAA Basketball Dream Teams feature and start loading up your roster with guys like Duke's Christian Laettner, Indiana's Isiah Thomas, Georgetown's Patrick Ewing and North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough. Then simulate your roster against other dream teams or any NCAA basketball program past or present. Best of all, it's FREE!


Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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