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Author: Aaron Torres
ISBN13: 978-1466363496
Title: The Unlikeliest Champion: The Incredible Story of the 2011 UConn Huskies and Their Run to the College Basketball National Championship
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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 13, 2011)
Pages: 264

The Unlikeliest Champion: The Incredible Story of the 2011 UConn Huskies and Their Run to the College Basketball National Championship by Aaron Torres



The most improbable of these occurred in the 2010-11 season. This book by journalist and blogger Aaron Torres recaps that season for the Huskies and also includes short biographies of many of the players, including All-American guard Kemba Walker.

Entering the 2011 college basketball season, the only expectations on the UConn Huskies basketball team were no expectations at all. Just two years after reaching the Final Four, the club was young, mired in an NCAA investigation, and seemingly at the bottom of the college basketball barrel. The most improbable of these occurred in the 2010-11 season. Not only were they picked to finish tenth in their own conference, UConn didn't receive a single vote in either preseason poll. A once proud program had hit rock-bottom. Fortunately, no one told superstar Kemba Walker or his young teammates. From the beginning, this group of Huskies.

com best-seller features features interviews with top college basketball analysts, writers, fellow college basketball coaches, as well as friends and family of the team. UConn came into 2010-2011 season unranked and that’s kind of the narrative that everyone knows. They were picked to finish 10th in the Big East and not only (that), but they didn’t receive a single vote in either preseason poll which is indicative of how far off this program was. What was the process of putting this book together? The idea for the book really started when I went to the Final Four last year in Houston. It was April of 2011 so it wasn’t that long ago. I was flying home.

by Aaron Torres : The Unlikeliest Champion: The Incredible Story of the 2011 UConn Huskies and Their Run to the College Basketball National Championship ISBN : Date : 2011-12-13 Description : PDF-046e0 Entering the 2011 college basketball season, the only expectations on the UConn Huskies basketball team were no expectations at all. Just two years after reaching the Final Four, the club was young, mired in an NCAA investigation, and seemingly at the bottom of the college basketball barrel

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Entering the 2011 college basketball season, the only expectations on the UConn Huskies basketball team were no expectations at all. Just two years after reaching the Final Four, the club was young, mired in an NCAA investigation, and seemingly at the bottom of the college basketball barrel. Not only were they picked to finish tenth in their own conference, UConn didn’t receive a single vote in either preseason poll. A once proud program had hit rock-bottom. Fortunately, no one told superstar Kemba Walker or his young teammates. From the beginning, this group of Huskies was different. They were hungry. They played for the name on the front of the jersey, instead of the back. They cared only about wins and losses, not ancillary stats in the box score. And it showed as the Huskies took their fans, and the college basketball world as a whole on a wild six-month ride. It started with an epic win at the prestigious Maui Invitational, through a historic five wins in five days at the Big East Tournament, and eventually culminating with a National Championship to end the year. Join author Aaron Torres as he takes you through the ups and downs of a college basketball season, and team that will resonate among fans forever. The 2011 UConn Huskies may not go down as the greatest team in the history of college basketball. But they just might be the best story ever.
Reviews: 7
Gardataur
As a diehard UConn fan, my first thoughts after the Huskies won the National Championship were "Somebody needs to write a book about this." Luckily, Aaron Torres stepped up and delivered. Going into the title game against Butler (America's underdogs), many news outlets hyped the game to be a "good vs. evil" battle between the two teams. However, it was impossible to not like the Huskies after taking their past couple seasons into context. Aaron's book captures what many fans (myself included) felt during the past couple of years, from the disappointing 2009-2010 season to the roller coaster ride that was the 2010-2011 season. I especially liked the chapters explaining how key players on the team were recruited and made their way to UConn. I'm also thankful Aaron gave Jamal Coombs-McDaniel the recognition he deserves for his big play in game 3 of the Big East Tournament (which I was afraid was going to be lost to history after being overshadowed by Kemba's buzzer beater).

Overall, I would recommend this book to any UConn fan, casual or diehard. It captures the wild ride that was the 2010-2011 season that will forever be remembered and revered for years to come by fans.
August
As a UCONN alumni and fan, I devoured this book. If you want to relive the incredible championship season the 2011 Huskies had, you'll enjoy this book. If you are a connoisseur of fine writing, you'll be disappointed. Aaron could have used a good proofreader and editor. He leaves out words and makes some factual errors. But he's an enthusiastic writer and diehard UCONN fan. The first part of the book which provides the background to the 2010-11 season, the back story on key players and the recounting of the games of the regular season is very interesting and nostalgic to one who followed the team and players. The last part of the book from the Regional final through the Final Four disappoints because he doesn't describe the game highlights as he did for earlier games. In fact, he uses columns he wrote at the time. His columns are repetitive and appear to talk as much about his personality as about the Huskies. Nowhere will you find evidence that he talked to the players or coaches in writing this book. All said and done, I recommend this book to the UCONN nation and those who want to become more familiar with the yougn men who became national champions--particularly since many of them are back for the 2011-12 season.
Kifer
What’s not to love about anything UConn?
Worla
UConn fans it is a must to own this incredible story of 2011 champions well worth the cost You'll be the best gift gifter after purchasing this
Fordg
I purchased this as a gift because we are big UCONN basketball fans. The 2011 season was very exciting for the team and their fans. Enjoyed this.
Akir
Rating:
4 of 5 stars (very good)

Review:
The Connecticut Huskies have become one of the elite college basketball programs with four national championships in fifteen years. The most improbable of these occurred in the 2010-11 season. This book by journalist and blogger Aaron Torres recaps that season for the Huskies and also includes short biographies of many of the players, including All-American guard Kemba Walker.

Walker gets the lion’s share of credit for the team’s success, but Torres makes sure to include all players in the book as he relies on research and his knowledge of Huskies basketball to write a detailed account of not only the championship season, but also insight into many of the players. It made for an interesting and informative book in which I learned a lot about that team.

It should be noted that I made these observations and enjoyed the book even though I am not a die-hard fan of this team. Because of this, at times I felt it was written in a fashion that not only showed Torres’ fandom, but also that he was talking only to other UConn fans and forgetting that the reader may not have the passion and knowledge that he does. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if reaching out to fellow Huskies fans was his goal, but at times it just didn’t feel like a book to simply learn about the team.

The book covers the entire season, and I enjoyed the section on the Huskies’ run during the Big East tournament as well as the championship tourney. The Huskies’ became the first team to win five games in five days to win that tournament, which some felt was even harder than winning the national championship. Torres does a nice job of covering both of these and putting them into perspective.

Overall, this is a very good recap of both the season and the key players that made the 2010-11 season one of the more memorable ones for Huskies basketball. Fans of the team will especially want to read this book.

Did I skim?
No.

Pace of the book:
Personally, the book felt a little choppy to me as Torres mixed in chapters on player biographies in between accounts of the 2010-11 championship season. While this is a common format and good for breaks in the “action”, so to speak; my personal preference is for a beginning-to-end continuous recap of the season.

Do I recommend?
This is a good read for college basketball fans, especially fans of the University of Connecticut team. Torres wears his fandom on his sleeve and it shows in this book. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the reader also roots for that team.
Kigabar
As an avid Uconn fan since 1990, I throughly enjoyed the book. Reminiscing the season was so joyful. It also brought to my mind the season of the ”shot”. Thank you for reviving the memories