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Monday, February 23, 2015

UConn's latest title came with little fanfare

When you are winning your conference games by nearly 50 points per game it can be hard to generate too much excitement about winning a conference championship.

That was certainly the vibe inside of Devlin Fieldhouse on Monday night. UConn's 94-47 win over host Tulane clinched a share of a second straight American Athletic Conference regular-season title. The accomplishment was not one that was even mentioned by the players or coaches before, during or after the game.

It was a much different situation from a season ago when UConn ended the regular season needing to win at nationally-ranked Louisville to avoid sharing the title in the inaugural season of the AAC.

With a two-game lead and two games to play against teams the Huskies have beaten by 46 and 42 points this season, there was no sense of mission accomplished in the visiting locker room at the crowning achievement.

"I think Louisville is one of those cases where you are going to tie or you are going to win the whole thing, you are on the road, it is a great crowd," Auriemma said. "That is quite different than anything else we might face. We are kind caught in between. I know conference championships are important and I know you are always trying to win the championship of the conference that you are in. That is what you play for and that is why you keep standings and at the same time, we know that there are other things that we are focused on."

The main focus for UConn is to constantly improve. The games, especially those against conference foes, have been a situation where if UConn emerges without  serious injury it was a successful venture,

Still, titles are nothing to scoff at.

"I haven't really thought about it before," Moriah Jefferson said. "You want to play well, you want to go into the conference tournament coming off a good conference season."

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