I was raised in Connecticut so I know UCONN as a school real well.
So “back in the day”, UCONN was not a D-1 school, it was off the
grid athletically and all my high school classmates used it as a “Safety”
school for academics.
I left CT in the early 80’s and coincidentally UCONN totally reinvented
itself both academically and athletically starting at that time. Though now living out of CT for many decades, I still clearly have been a “homer” routing UCONN sports teams.
Fast forward to today and this iconic women’s basketball program under the
“Geno Genius”. I love everything Gino Auriemma and his teams have done over the last 25+ years. Folks know I’m a huge girls/women’s basketball fan and if the success of UCONN brings eyes, ears, fannies, $, media and to the game… Even Better!
I think being an exceptional coach and being an exceptional team – IT IS SO RARE AND SO HARD even for 1 season..Gino finds exceptional talents but his brilliance is in his managing of the “ubers” and their personalities to built dynasty after dynasty that thrives on teamwork. He is a genius on many levels.
There have been many amazing stats regarding “this 100 Game Win streak” printed all over. What I never heard addressed was the brilliance of this match up.
I’m not sure how far in advance Gino & Co. put their schedule together. And yes I know Sir Geno has said many times that he fully expected for this “younger” ’16-’17 team to lose some games during this year. However, Gino is no dummy and knows his players. In the back of his mind, no matter how far remote he thought the possibility of winning 100 straight was (but it was a possibility), he wasn’t going to leave the situation to chance. Knowing UCONN might be playing for its 100th straight win, Gino wanted to managed the night and the marvelous marketing night for UCONN & the women’s college game.
There was NO WAY the 100th game was going to be played against the Little Sisters of the Poor and be some 70 point blow out. In true Gino fashion, always playing the best, I am sure he wanted to play an uber so that
the credibility of the “100th win game” would never be questioned.
South Carolina, under storied college player Dawn Staley, has had a top 10 team for a # of years and often top 5. A team loaded with veterans and amazing size would be as good a national match-up as UCONN could find (and the ratings seem to confirm).
So I just wanted to give Gino a shout out for “dotting the I’s and cross the T” to make sure the streak’s 100th game was going to be again a prime time opponent and further validate his “cred” as one of the greatest coaches in all sports…ever!