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December 21, 2010 - Al Stephenson
Gino Auriemma and the Lady Huskies of UCONN will likely break the NCAA record for consecutive victories tonight when Florida State, who might become the answer to a trivia question, takes on the best team in women's college hoops. The record is currently shared with the great UCLA teams, coached by the legendary John Wooden.
Though the sporting world is not waiting with bated breath over this milestone, it has created interest and of course, comparisons. My own feeling is that there really is no comparison. Different era, different players, different competition, etc.... An undefeated, state champion high school team cannot be compared to a college team. Comparing today's UCONN's women to UCLA's men from some forty years ago is unrealistic. Both had tremendous runs and should be congratulated. With injuries, off nights and the occasional poor officiating (I had to include that for my friends who toot the whistle!); to win that many games in succession is incredible.
Is the streak good for women's college basketball? That's a good question. I would suggest that it is what it is. I've always wanted to say that even if it makes no sense. I don't think it will affect the game either negatively or positively, but I could be wrong. If enough people get tired of seeing UCONN win all the time, maybe recruits will feel like going elsewhere to knock off the bully on the block. That would be good for the sport.
The view from my seat suggests that Florida State will not be the answer to the trivia question. The team that finally beats the Huskies and brings the streak to an end will get that honor.
The University of Houston and Elvin Hayes in the Astrodome. I remember it well.
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