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Shock the World
UConn Basketball in the Calhoun Era
Peter F. Burns, Jr.

Northeastern University Press



Contents

Contents
• Preface • Acknowledgments
• INTRODUCTION
• Hopefully, When It’s All Said and Done, You’ll Say, “He’s Pretty Good”
• BUILDING A PROGRAM FROM SCRATCH
• I Don’t Want My Managers to Have to Clean Up Puke
• We Need a Couple of Guys to Get Us through the Rest of the Season
• You’ve Got to Learn How to Win
• The Most Important Recruit in UConn Basketball History
• We Weren’t Just a Gnat Anymore
• DOMINANT BUT NOT GREAT ENOUGH
• I Know It Sounds Crazy, But I Never Thought We Were Going To Lose
• Oh, UConn, That’s the Place Where They Made the Buzzer-Beater
• I Hope People Took Some Polaroids Tonight
• Calhoun Taught Me Everything
• He’s Going to Be a Special, Special Player
• Ray Allen, One of the Greatest
• NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
• You Learn from Losses, but after You Get Three or Four, the Learning Stops and the Misery Starts
• The Kid Comes with a Bag of Tricks
• We’re Having a Special
Season
• This One’s for Joe
• We Shocked the World!
• I Wanted to Play for a Tough Coach, and He’s One of the Toughest
• If Maryland Is Number One in the Country, Connecticut Is Right Beside Them
• We’re Connecticut. We’re Not Some Rinky-Dink Team
• Emeka Okafor Comes along Once in a Lifetime
• Mike, Over the Years When We’ve Seen Teams Collapse . . . Maybe That’s a Bad Word
• ANTIHEROES
• I’m Just a Very Blessed Individual, Lucky to Be Here in Front of You Alive
• Calhoun Is Feared, but He Is Not Respected
• That Team Should Have Won the National Championship
• It Won’t Happen Again
• That’s Why He’s in the Hall of Fame
• Not a Dime Back
• Josh Nochimson, the Team’s Manager and Rip’s Friend, Became the Unofficial Go-Between
• I Don’t Get Defeated
• RESILIENCE
• From Maui . . .
• to Mediocrity . . .
• to Manhattan . . .
• to Monday
• Epilogue: Best Program Builder of All Time and Best Coach of His Generation
• Afterword: 2012 and Beyond
• APPENDIXES
• Standout Games and Players of the Calhoun Era
• Year-to-Year Team Records and Game Results of the Calhoun Era
• Notes and Sources
• Index

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