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Friday, December 16, 2011

UConn in unchartered waters

When the question was posed to Geno Auriemma, the UConn women's basketball Hall of Fame coach admitted he wasn't quite sure how to respond.

Auriemma has grown so accustomed to being what he affectionately dubs being "an overdog" that he wasn't certain what the appropriate response that his second-ranked Huskies would be the lower-ranked team on Sunday for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Since the No. 6 ranked Huskies lost to No. 2 North Carolina on Jan. 15, 2007, UConn has played 183 straight games (including 68 against ranked opponents) while being the highest ranked team on the court.

"I don't know if it will play as well as it does in Storrs when we go in as the underdog," Auriemma said. "I don't think it would be any big surprise if Baylor wins the game Sunday night, I don't think anybody's going to call it a monumental upset and I don't think the opposite is true either. If we were to win the game Sunday night, I don't think anybody is going to say 'wow, that was a huge upset by Connecticut over Baylor.' I think Baylor deserves to be where they are, they deserve the No. 1 ranking, they deserve to be treated the way they are being treated because they put themselves in that situation."

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