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A deep dive into the greatest UConn basketball games ever played.

Yes UConn‪!‬ Mac Cerullo

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A deep dive into the greatest UConn basketball games ever played.

    68. Okafor Stands Tall, Clingan Commits and the Dawn of a "NIL" Era

    68. Okafor Stands Tall, Clingan Commits and the Dawn of a "NIL" Era

    This week's episode will be the last for a little while as Mac and family prepare to welcome their new baby, so naturally fate delivered the most news-packed week of the offseason for UConn basketball.
    First things first, congratulations to the 2004 UConn men's basketball team, which emerged as the winner of our Greatest Teams Challenge by beating top-seeded 1999 in fairly convincing fashion. Mac and Tim discuss the competition, 2004's greatness and how what often feels like one of the program's more underrated teams asserted its dominance when the chips were down.
    Then, Mac and Tim look ahead to the future, which will now include a 7-foot-1 homegrown superstar. Donovan Clingan officially committed to the Huskies this past week, delivering the latest recruiting win to Dan Hurley and his staff.
    Finally, we wrap things up by discussing the NCAA's recent moves on Name, Image and Likeness and speculate on which UConn athletes could have best cashed in on their fame. Who might Kemba have endorsed? Who would have repped Wings Over Storrs or St. Pep's? How many Dunkin Donuts commercials would Khalid El-Amin appeared in? All that and more in this week's "season finale."
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 57 min
    67. Clash of Titans: 1999 vs. 2004, UConn's Best Square Off (Finals)

    67. Clash of Titans: 1999 vs. 2004, UConn's Best Square Off (Finals)

    It all comes down to this.
    To nobody's surprise, the national championship 1999 and 2004 UConn men's basketball teams have emerged has the top teams in program history, and now it's time to figure out who would win a hypothetical matchup between the two.
    Does Rip Hamilton and company take the win? Or would Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon prove too much? Tim and I give our thoughts, but ultimately it's up to you to decide.
    Vote in this week's polls on my Twitter (@MacCerullo) to determine this week's winners. Polls are open through Friday at noon.
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 40 min
    66. The Final Four: Rip vs. Kemba, Emeka vs. Hasheem (Semifinals)

    66. The Final Four: Rip vs. Kemba, Emeka vs. Hasheem (Semifinals)

    And then there were four.
    After a spirited quarterfinal round, we've reached the Final Four of our UConn Men's Basketball's Greatest Teams Tournament Challenge. This week Tim and I debate how our 1999 vs. 2011 and 2009 vs. 2004 semifinal matchups might play out in real life, and from there we leave it up to the listeners to determine who advances to next week's championship.
    Vote in this week's polls on my Twitter (@MacCerullo) to determine this week's winners. Polls are open through Friday at noon.
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 48 min
    65. Elite Eight: Which of UConn's Best Teams Will Advance? (Quarterfinals)

    65. Elite Eight: Which of UConn's Best Teams Will Advance? (Quarterfinals)

    1999. 1995. 1998. 2011. 2006. 2009. 1996. 2004.
    Each of those eight UConn men's basketball teams were among the greatest in program history, and each of those eight won their first round matchup in our ongoing UConn Men's Basketball's Greatest Teams Tournament Challenge. Now, it's time to decide which will advance to our Final Four.
    In this week's episode Tim Fontenault and I cut to the chase and break down each of the four quarterfinal matchups. We have 1999 vs. 1995, 1998 vs. 2011, 2006 vs. 2009 and 1996 vs. 2004, all of which would make for absolute bangers and probably the greatest quadruple header if we ever got the pleasure of seeing these teams play each other in real life.
    Who will advance? That's up to you. Vote in this week's polls on my Twitter (@MacCerullo) to determine this week's winners. Polls are open through Friday at noon.
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 55 min
    64. David vs. Goliath: Can Daniel Hamilton and Co. stand up to Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor? (2004 vs. 2016)

    64. David vs. Goliath: Can Daniel Hamilton and Co. stand up to Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor? (2004 vs. 2016)

    In our final first round matchup of the UConn Men's Basketball's Greatest Teams Tournament Challenge, we have what looks on paper like one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. For the 2 vs. 15 game, we have the national champion 2004 team going up against the American Athletic Conference Tournament champion 2016 team.
    Is there much debate over who would win a hypothetical matchup? Probably not. But Tim Fontenault and I still took this opportunity to reminisce about how amazing the 2004 team was and how much fun the 2016 team was during what was otherwise a dark time in the program's history.
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 53 min
    63. A Dream Matchup: Pitting UConn's first two Big East Tournament champs against each other (1996 vs. 1990)

    63. A Dream Matchup: Pitting UConn's first two Big East Tournament champs against each other (1996 vs. 1990)

    During UConn's first decade in the Big East, the men's basketball team was basically a doormat. The Huskies routinely got bludgeoned by the league's powerhouses, teams like Georgetown, Syracuse and St. John's, and heading into the 1990s there was no reason to expect any different.
    But then the 1990 Dream Season happened, and everything changed.
    UConn's 1990 team changed the culture, reset the expectations and showed what was possible in Storrs, winning the program's first Big East title and reaching the Elite Eight in dramatic fashion. The program continued to grow from there, and by 1996 the Huskies were a legitimate powerhouse, with All-American and future Hall of Famer Ray Allen helping establish UConn as a true blue blood.
    What would happen if these two trailblazing teams met on the court? That's what Tim Fontenault and I are discussing today as we debate the 1996 and 1990 teams in our penultimate first round matchup.
    Like what you hear? Want to offer feedback? Feel free to reach out at yesuconnpodcast@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @MacCerullo.
    Podcast artwork courtesy of Jon Kulakofsky/The Daily Campus 2014.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Great Podcast!

Love the podcast, especially the one you did on the 1988 NIT Championship team. Great job so far!

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Great podcast for husky fans

Great podcast. Very insightful with good guests every week. I miss the old opening.

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Fantastic Basketball Podcast!!

Great insight into some of the best NCAA men’s basketball games ever played. Made me relive some of the thrills and heights of UConn basketball!! Excited to hear more

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