How Many Championships Has UConn Won?

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The UConn Huskies celebrate winning the 2011 NCAA Tournament

While certainly not as successful as their female counterparts, the UConn Huskies men’s basketball program is one of the winningest in college basketball history. But let’s take care of something else before we get into all that.

My guess is that some of you clicked into this piece thinking we were covering the number of NCAA Tournament titles won by the UConn women. So if you’re looking for that information, the answer is 11, the most of any women’s program in the country. Back to the boys.

In terms of all-time Division I victories, UConn ranks in the top 30. As it pertains to March Madness, the Huskies rank in the top 15 in overall appearances in the NCAA Tournament, also ranking in the top 15 for appearances in the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four.

As for the number of national titles, only three schools can say they’ve won more. So exactly how many championships has UConn won?

How many championships has UConn won?

The UConn Huskies celebrate winning the 2011 NCAA Tournament
The UConn Huskies celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The UConn Huskies men’s basketball program has won five national championships, tied for the fourth-most in Division I history.

The first was in 1999, which was also the first time UConn appeared in the Final Four. The Huskies, led by Richard Hamilton, were the top-ranked team in the country for much of the season, entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, and defeated Duke in the national title game.

1999 NCAA TournamentOpponentScore
Round of 64No. 16 Texas-San Antonio91-66
Round of 32No. 9 New Mexico78-56
Sweet SixteenNo. 5 Iowa78-68
Elite EightNo. 10 Gonzaga67-62
Final FourNo. 4 Ohio State64-58
ChampionshipNo. 1 Duke77-74

Five years later, UConn, a No. 2 seed, took its second title behind the strong play of Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, beating Georgia Tech in the championship game.

2004 NCAA TournamentOpponentScore
Round of 64No. 15 Vermont70-53
Round of 32No. 7 DePaul72-55
Sweet SixteenNo. 6 Vanderbilt73-53
Elite EightNo. 8 Alabama87-71
Final FourNo. 1 Duke79-78
ChampionshipNo. 3 Georgia Tech82-73

Title number three came in 2011 as Kemba Walker led the third-seeded Huskies to 11 consecutive wins to end the season, the last coming against Butler in the title game.

2011 NCAA TournamentOpponentScore
Round of 64No. 14 Bucknell89-52
Round of 32No. 6 Cincinnati69-58
Sweet SixteenNo. 2 San Diego State74-67
Elite EightNo. 5 Arizona65-63
Final FourNo. 4 Kentucky56-55
ChampionshipNo. 8 Butler53-41

UConn’s next championship was in 2014, as the Huskies became the first No. 7 seed to win the NCAA Tournament, beating eighth-seeded Kentucky to cut down the nets.

2014 NCAA TournamentOpponentScore
Round of 64No. 10 Saint Joseph’s89-81
Round of 32No. 2 Villanova77-65
Sweet SixteenNo. 3 Iowa State81-76
Elite EightNo. 4 Michigan State60-54
Final FourNo. 1 Florida63-53
ChampionshipNo. 8 Kentucky60-54

The Huskies’ fifth title came in 2023 as they became just the fourth No. 4 seed in NCAA Tournament history to cut down the nets.

2023 NCAA TournamentOpponentScore
Round of 64No. 13 Iona87-63
Round of 32No. 5 Saint Mary’s70-55
Sweet SixteenNo. 8 Arkansas88-65
Elite EightNo. 3 Gonzaga82-54
Final FourNo. 5 Miami (FL)72-59
ChampionshipNo. 5 San Diego State76-59