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Lost somewhere in the Butler Bulldogs failure to accomplish the main objective of basketball, was the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship game. On the flip side of Butler’s 18.8 percent field goal percentage, was a Connecticut Huskies defense that blocked ten shots and outrebounded the Bulldogs by 11. As disturbing as this NCAA finale was, the record books will still state Kemba Walker carried a team on his back for the last month, head coach Jim Calhoun won his third title, the Huskies finished the season on an 11-game winning streak.
Although watching the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship probably answered all we needed to know about this championship squad, Whatifsports.com wanted to learn where the 2011 Connecticut Huskies ranked among the last 25 national championship programs.
Using our college basketball simulation engine, we placed Connecticut in a round-robin tournament where each national champion played the other 51 times. This generated each team’s winning percentage and average points per game in a power rankings list.
It’s fitting that UConn, who managed to score 53 points in the national title game, would average the fewest points per game in this power rankings simulation and rank 24th. The Huskies 75.7 ppg. is 4.9 points fewer than the “worst” team in this power rankings. The 1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks, led by Danny Manning, averaged 80.6 ppg.
UConn 2011 vs Past 25 NCAA Basketball Champions
|2000-01 Duke Blue Devils||90.0||97.0|
|1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats||84.6||95.4|
|2004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels||80.9||95.0|
|1989-90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels||73.8||95.8|
|1997-98 Kentucky Wildcats||60.9||84.9|
|2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks||60.0||84.8|
|1991-92 Duke Blue Devils||59.4||93.6|
|2003-04 Connecticut Huskies||57.6||82.2|
|2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels||57.0||91.7|
|2001-02 Maryland Terrapins||56.3||89.2|
|2006-07 Florida Gators||54.1||85.3|
|1994-95 UCLA Bruins||53.6||91.5|
|1993-94 Arkansas Razorbacks||51.5||93.2|
|1992-93 North Carolina Tar Heels||51.2||89.4|
|2005-06 Florida Gators||48.1||84.2|
|1988-89 Michigan Wolverines||47.2||90.7|
|1998-99 Connecticut Huskies||42.3||84.0|
|1985-86 Louisville Cardinals||42.0||89.3|
|1999-00 Michigan State Spartans||40.5||83.3|
|1990-91 Duke Blue Devils||40.0||90.0|
|2009-10 Duke Blue Devils||38.3||82.6|
|2002-03 Syracuse Orange||31.0||82.6|
|1986-87 Indiana Hoosiers||27.3||86.8|
|2010-11 Connecticut Huskies||22.1||75.7|
|1996-97 Arizona Wildcats||20.9||85.4|
|1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks||9.8||80.6|
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