1. Huskies Sweet Again

This is the 17th time UConn has advanced to the Sweet 16. It's also the seventh time in 13 years. The last time came on March 24, 2011 as Jeremy Lamb, left, and Alex Oriakhi earned a 74-67 victory over San Diego State University en route to a national title.

2. Looking For Advancement

The Huskies have advanced to the Elite Eight in their past four trips to the Sweet 16 (2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011). Should they move on this time, either Tom Izzo, left, and Michigan State or Tony Bennett and top seed Virginia would loom next.

3. UConn's Last Postseason Game At MSG

The Huskies return to Madison Square Garden for their first postseason appearance in the World's Most Famous Arena since March 8, 2012. Things did not end well for Jeremy Lamb, left, and UConn that day as the Huskies lost to Syracuse, 58-55, in a Big East tournament quarterfinal.

4. A Long NCAA Absence

This will be the first time since 1961 that NCAA Tournament games will be played on the Madison Square Garden court. The Garden hosted three first-round games in 1961.

5. Big East Success

Of the 30 Big East tournaments UConn participated in at MSG, the Huskies won seven. That's more than any program. The last title came in 2011 as Kemba Walker and Roscoe Smith celebrated a win over Louisville in the finals.

6. 2-0 So Far This Season

Shabazz Napier and the Huskies are 2-0 at MSG this season, with victories over Boston College and Indiana in November's 2K Sports Classic.

7. The Very First Garden Party

On March 30, 1988 UConn's Jeff King, left, and Phil Gamble sat atop the backboard at MSG and celebrated an NIT championship win over Ohio State. It was the frist of many great Husky moments at the "World's Most Famous Arena" in the Jim Calhoun era.

8. Cyclones Know MSG

The Huskies' opponent Friday is Iowa State, which lost to Rutgers in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 2004. The Cyclones also played in the 1987 preseason NIT at MSG.

9. Iowa State's NCAA Record

Iowa State is 16-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, UConn is 54-29. One of the Cyclones' 16 NCAA wins came against UConn in a second-round game in Louisville on March 15, 2012.

10. Took Awhile To Get Back

Melvin Ejim and his 18.1 points per game are big reasons why this will be ISU's fourth trip to the Sweet 16 and first since 2000. The Cyclones also reached the Sweet 16 in 1986 and 1997.