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Saturday, December 16, 2017

A closer look at some numbers as UConn's Auriemma goes after win No. 1,000

There are so many numbers associated with Geno Auriemma's and Chris Dailey's time at UConn that simply boggle the mind.

On Tuesday they go after their 1,000th career win. Before I get to a chart that will run with my lengthy story in tomorrow's paper, here's something to consider - when Auriemma won his 200th game back in 1995, he had 81 losses. He currently sits at 135 meaning that if UConn beats Oklahoma on Tuesday at Mohegan Sun Arena, UConn will be 800-54 since reaching win No. 200. Here's the breakdown 100 wins at a time

100-53 (Win No. 100 came on Dec. 31, 1990 against Iowa State)
100-28 (Win No. 200 came on Jan. 2, 1995 against Pittsburgh)
100-5 (Win No. 300 came on Nov. 29, 1997 against Rhode Island)
100-9 (Win No. 400 came on Dec. 10, 2000 against Illinois)
100-4 (Win No. 500 came on Apr. 6, 2003 against Texas)
100-17 (Win No. 600 came on Dec. 31, 2006 against Sacred Heart)
100-6 (Win No. 700 came on Nov. 27, 2009 against Hofstra)
100-7 (Win No. 800 came on Mar. 6, 2012 against Notre Dame)
100-5 (Win No. 900 came on Feb. 3, 2015 against Cincinnati)

As impressive as those numbers are, a win on Tuesday would mean Auriemma needed 101 games to go from 900 to 1,000 wins.

It was all part of his master plan, right? After the win at DePaul, I asked Auriemma what he viewed as attainable milestones when he got the job at UConn.

"Beating Providence and Villanova over the course of the season and maybe finish in the top four in the conference, go from ninth to fourth," Auriemma said. "I thought if we could get to that point that given with what we had to work with that would be a lot of success. I used to check sometimes every team's record against us or Big East record and I said, OK we just need to win more games than Boston College and if we could do that, it would be great. Where we are sitting right now was not a part of the plan by any stretch  of the imagination."

As promised, here's the By The Numbers chart

 1 Winning seasons before Auriemma's arrival
 2 Programs with winning record against Auriemma (LaSalle is 3-0, U.S. International is 1-0)
 2 UConn players to win WNBA Finals MVP Award
 3 UConn players to win WNBA MVP Award
 4 Consecutive national titles won by UConn from 2013-16
 5 UConn's longest winning streak before Auriemma's arrival
 5 UConn players taken with first overall pick in WNBA Draft
 5 UConn players among top 30 scorers in WNBA history
 6 Undefeated seasons
 6 Seasons UConn has been first in Associated Press poll from start to finish
 7 National players of the year
 8 Olympic gold medalists
10 Consecutive Final Four appearance (NCAA women's Division I record)
11 National titles by UConn in 11 championship game appearances
13 UConn products to win WNBA titles
16 Seasons when UConn has been ranked first in Associated Press poll
18 Final Four appearances
20 UConn players taken in 1st round of WNBA Draft
20 Wins in No. 1 vs. No. 2 games, most in NCAA women's basketball history
22 30-win seasons
32 UConn players taken in WNBA Draft
35 States UConn has won games in since Auriemma's arrival
41 UConn NCAA record road winning streak (still active)
45 Regular season and conference titles
46 Victories against Seton Hall, more than any other program
54 Victories by Auriemma's predecessor Jean Balthaser, a program record at the time
84 Games with at least 100 points
99 UConn's NCAA Division I women's record home winning streak
100 Graduation rate of four-year players since Auriemma's arrival
111 UConn's NCAA record winning streak (snapped at 2017 Final Four)
135 Losses since Auriemma's arrival
170 Teams Auriemma has played as UConn's coach
223 Weeks UConn has been ranked first in Associated Press poll, a women's Division I record
231 Consecutive weeks UConn has been ranked in top 10 in Associated Press poll
246 Wins against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll
435 Wins when UConn is playing at No. 1 team in Associated Press poll
894 Games since UConn has lost consecutive contests


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