Here is my assessment of the key factors, and subliminal things in play, that should impact Sunday’s national semifinal between UConn and the team in the hideous Adidas uniforms.
1). I once believed bad things came in threes. Now they come in fours and seven out of eights. As Marlon Brando said in “Guys and Dolls” – luck be a lady tonight.
2). Skylar Diggins has over 300,000 Twitter followers and not a single national championship. That is a really bad assist/turnover ratio in her book. She would dump 250,000 chumps for one title. She wants it – badly
3). This will be the last Notre Dame-UConn meeting for a very long. Next April’s Final Four in Memphis is a long time away and it will take all this time for Huskies fans to memorize the teams in the AAC, which is not to be confused with the ACC, which we assume will eventually replace the AAC in UConn lore. UConn wants to be the one to kiss Notre Dame off, not the other way.
4). Muffet McGraw said on her Twitter site that she went shopping for Final Four outfits. If she doesn’t wear her ruby red heels and either her leopard or black leather skirt, I believe the Irish will be at a disadvantage. And if you are wondering why Geno hasn’t patted Muffet’s butt yet, you never went to Catholic school and faced down an angry nun. He learned his lesson in grammar school.
5). At some point, Kayla McBride will miss a three in a big spot and either Bria Hartley or Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will make one in the final two seconds. And if UConn is within two points when it happens, there will a basketball game to go to on Tuesday.
6). Breanna Stewart is the most important player in the game on either team. We know what Diggins and McBride can do and UConn almost won the first three games they played this season. If Stewart does what we think she can do, she will be the difference maker.
7). Geno Auriemma’s email inbox as full as a United States mail box on a Sunday night. If UConn loses again it may just explode and there is no money left in the athletic budget to get him a new one. So UConn must win.
8). I can’t stand seeing Kelly Faris and Stefanie Dolson cry. Three times is enough.
9). Notre Dame played for the national championship in football this season. It has met its quota. Give someone else a chance.
10). Geno told the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce at breakfast last month that if Notre Dame and UConn played a fourth time “we will win.” That’s a declarative sentence, if you ask me.