Beat the Buzzer with Tom’s Trivia!
See if you know as much as King of UConn Trivia and University Deputy Spokesperson Tom Breen ’00 (CLAS) in this special edition of Tom’s Trivia in celebration of UConn’s men’s basketball 5th national championship.
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The 1999 men’s national champions bonded during a summer 1998 trip overseas, where they played six games against professional teams. Which two countries did the Huskies visit on that trip?
A: The United Kingdom and Israel
B: Italy and Israel
C: Spain and the United Kingdom
D: Germany and France
After the UConn men and women won national titles in 2004, a Hartford restaurant created new lunch specials in honor of some of the players. Which of these was one of the specials?
A: The Diana Taurasi Parmesan Grinder
B: The Okafor BBQ Pulled Pork
C: The Maria Conlon Grilled Chicken Wrap
D: Josh Boone’s Really Big Sandwich
In the 2011 national championship game, the UConn men held opponent Butler to just 41 points, the lowest in an NCAA championship game since 1949. Which school’s team scored less than the Bulldogs?
B: Oregon State
D: Oklahoma A&M
In 2014, the UConn men’s team won games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in Madison Square Garden, a home away from home for the Huskies. Who was their opponent in their very first NCAA tournament game at the world-famous venue?
A: Providence College
C: St. John’s University
When the 2023 men’s team cut down the nets in Houston, it was the fifth championship for the program — and the fourth title game won in the state of Texas, with prior wins in Arlington (2014), Houston (2011), and San Antonio (2004). What was the only non-Texas venue to host a UConn championship?
A: RCA Dome
B: Georgia Dome
C: Tropicana Field
D: Lucas Oil Stadium
Coach Dan Hurley on the court after the 2023 men's national championship win over San Diego State.
A. The Huskies spent four days in London – their first stop being a visit to McDonald’s – prior to 10 days in Israel, the home of Husky greats Nadav Henefeld and Doron Sheffer.
B. Red Rock Tavern on Capitol Avenue offered a BBQ sandwich in honor of Texas native Okafor, along with a Taurasi Honey Mustard Turkey Wrap.
D. In the championship game at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, the Aggies of Oklahoma A&M – now Oklahoma State – managed just 36 points against Adolph Rupp’s victorious Kentucky Wildcats, who won their second title.
C. In 1951, his fifth year as head coach, Hugh Greer led the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, which happened to be at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies fell to St. John’s in that contest by a score of 63-52.
C. The 1999 men’s team shocked the world at “The Trop” in St. Petersburg, Fla., which at the time held about 44,000 spectators. By contrast, the 2023 team’s victory took place in front of 74,000 in Houston.