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Monday, February 02, 2015

20-20 vision for UConn

When Geno Auriemma was hired at UConn the women's basketball program not only never had a 20-win season but only had one winning campaign.

With yesterday's 83-49 victory over Temple giving the Huskies their 22nd consecutive 20-win season, I asked Auriemma to reflect back on the first of his 26 20-win seasons (which came during the 1988-89 campaign).

"(Associate head coach) Chris (Dailey) mentioned it today that if we win today it would be 20 wins and 'remember when we used to celebrate that?'" Auriemma said.  "They used to judge coaches on 'Coach so and so had six 20-win seasons back when we used to only play 30 games total or 28 games total. The 20-win mark at our place unfortunately it doesn't mean as much as it used to. I remember we used to measure ourselves that when we got to 20 we would talk about if we lost every game from here on it, what's the worst our record be so we could still say we had a great record   Now if we go undefeated everybody goes 'what was a nice year that you have.' If you lose a couple it is like 'we will get them next year.' Things have changed a lot. You either have to win every game or there better be a reason why you lose."

I started doing a little number crunching to write a story about Auriemma going after his 900th career win against Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Here is one that jumped out at me. UConn's program-record for wins in the pre-Auriemma era was 16. The Huskies 12 winning streaks longer than that during Auriemma's time at UConn.


Anonymous Joe said...

Jim, here are a few mind-boggling numbers for you:
UConn has made the NCAA tournament every year since the 1988-1989 season. Over the 26 years, the record in the tournament is 99 - 17 for an 85.3% winning percentage (or an "average" tournament of 3.81 wins, 0.65 losses).
-- first round, 24 - 2
-- second round, 22 - 2
-- sweet 16, 20 - 2
-- 15 trips to Final Four

5:26 PM 
Anonymous Joe said...

From the start of the 1988 - 1989 season through the Temple game on Sunday, UConn is 856 - 95, or 90.0%.

5:26 PM 

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