Connecticut sports decade in review: Fall of UConn men’s basketball from national prominence to below .500 was quick, painful in the decade’s second half

After the hangover year of 2014-15 ended with a loss in the NIT, Ollie found two grad transfers, Sterling Gibbs and Shonn Miller, added to a top-echelon recruit in Jalen Adams and returning Daniel Hamilton and Rodney Purvis — the firepower was there. The Huskies won 21 regular season games and when Adams’ miracle shot from three-quarter court extended the AAC quarterfinal game against Cincinnati, they took their second wind and ran to the conference title. UConn beat Colorado in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Ollie’s seventh straight NCAA win, but the Huskies were eliminated by Kansas in Round Two. Ollie’s contract was extended by the new athletic director, David Benedict, although the public didn’t learn about that for months.

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