UConn Sets College Win Streak Record

UConn Sets College Win Streak Record

words_Nick Engvall

If Coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins were considered the greatest college basketball dynasty of all time, then the UConn Huskies and Coach Geno Auriemma just pushed them out of the top spot completely. The UConn Huskies to many, have already been far and above the best college basketball dynasty of all time. Last night with their record breaking 89th consecutive win, is there any room for argument?

UConn Sets College Basketball Win Streak RecordThe 1st ranked Huskies led by Maya Moore’s career high 41 points, defeated the 20th ranked Florida State Seminoles 93-62 in front of national TV, press, and the home town fans that have been cheering them on all along the way. The Huskies continued their win streak in a similar fashion to how it has been the whole time, never really giving their opponent a chance to make a run.

Connecticut’s team first approach has been nearly unstoppable for the last ten years. In the last nine years they’ve had consecutive win streaks of 70 consecutive and now 89 consecutive and counting. In that time they’ve racked up 6 national titles. They’ve made an appearance in the NCAA tournament every single year that they’re most notable player Maya Moore has been alive and won regular season conference titles in 18 of those 21 years.

With Greg Wooden, grandson of the legendary John Wooden, in attendance the Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team graciously and professionally beat the record set by the UCLA Bruins men in 1974. Coach Auriemma and the team gave their respects to what John Wooden and UCLA had accomplished, but there was no question that this accomplishment was in a class of its own.

While many are saying that you can’t compare the men’s and women’s game of college basketball, it seems more fitting to give credit where credit is due.

The Connecticut Huskies are the greatest college basketball dynasty in history.

UConn Sets College Win Streak Record

Midnight Madness Kicks Off College Basketball

words_Nick Engvall

College basketball is back!

The Duke Blue Devils mascot helps get the season started at Countdown to Craziness. Photo courtesy of Yahoo.This past weekend schools from around the country held late night ceremonies to help build excitement for the upcoming hoops season. Last year’s NCAA Men’s Champions, the Duke Blue Devils, unveiled their most recent banner to cheering students and faculty in what the call “Countdown to Craziness.” As the Blue Devils mascot entertained and excited the crowd for the first time in months, it uncorks the passion that sometimes seems to only exist for college basketball. A handful of players, as well as Duke’s Coach K gave some encouraging words, and after, the Blue Devils scrimmaged for the excited fans. The Duke men’s team will open the season by hosting Princeton this coming Sunday.

Of course the excitement for the new season which gets underway for some schools as early as later this week, is not just for the men’s teams.

On the women’s side of college hoops, no other team has been as successful as the Connecticut Huskies. Behind coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies are currently on an unbelievable 78-game winning streak, the most longest ever by in NCAA Women’s Basketball history. With a handful of incoming freshmen this year however, all eyes are on UConn to see whether or not they can continue their dynasty on the shoulders of these young players.

The Huskies started preparations for the new season with “First Night,” which brought out over 7,000 fans to Gampel Pavilion over the weekend. UConn players and fans will look to continue the win streak and add their third consecutive NCAA Women’s Championship to the school’s heavily decorated trophy cabinet. The Huskies will open up their season November 4th against Franklin Pierce.

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UConn Sets College Win Streak Record

Lady Huskies Perfect Once Again

words_Brandon Richard

Imperfectly perfect.

That was the theme of Tuesday night’s showdown for the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. After 77 games of beating their opponents with a near 33 point differential, the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies were in for the fight of their streak. In their way? The ladies of the Standford Cardinal, who handed Connecticut their last defeat in the 2008 National Semifinals.

For the first twenty minutes, the Huskies looked like anything but a team on the verge of back-to-back perfect seasons. They scored just 12 points on 5-for-29 (17.2%) shooting. The 12 points marked the lowest first-half scoring output ever in a championship game and the fewest in the history of the Huskies program. About the poor first half performance, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said, “It was one of the few times I can ever remember being speechless. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.” The silver lining in it all was that they managed to hold Stanford to just 20 first half points. Meaning, a quick run could get them right back in the game.

That quick run became a reality when the Lady Huskies stormed out of the gate in the second half. Led by 5 baskets from junior sensation Maya Moore, Connecticut went on a 17-2 run to take a 29-22 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game. UConn senior Tina Charles complimented Moore’s offensive outburst by playing her trademark stifling defense. The 6-foot-4 center grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked 6 shots, and held Stanford center Jayne Appel to 0-for-12 shooting.

After charging to take a 38-27 lead at the 7:42 mark, the Connecticut women never looked back. The game was never any closer than 5 points the rest of the way. The poise of a champion was shown, as there was an answer for every potential Stanford run. When the clock ran down to 0:00, the Lady Huskies celebrated something that they haven’t in the last two seasons; a single digit win. This time, they didn’t win just because they were the better of the two teams on the court. They won because they showed more heart, patience, and resilience than anybody in the world. Second consecutive National Championship and 78-0 perfect record in tact.

Imperfect perfection. A phrase that seemingly contradicts itself. Nevertheless, these Connecticut women lended a bit of validity to its concept on Tuesday night. They didn’t play the game they wanted to play, but rather, the game they had to play. For that reason, these women can hold their heads high and say, for at least 78 nights, perfection was possible.

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