Does Muffet Really Have Geno’s Number? Look It Up

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It has come to Geno Aureimma’s attention that Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw may have his number.

In the most literal sense she likely does. For instance, if the Hall of Fame coaches want to chat their numbers are as close as their contact files.

But that’s not what this suggestion refers to.

It means McGraw may have finally mastered the master, figured out how to put her players into position to beat his players on a regular basis.

Monday at Purcell Pavilion, the Irish and the Huskies play for the Big East regular-season championship, on the final day of the season, for the second season straight.

If Notre Dame (15-0 in the Big East) wins, the title belongs to it alone. If the Huskies (14-1) win, they will share it with the Irish.

But UConn will win the No. 1 seed in the Big East tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker involving both team’s records against Marquette and Providence.

UConn beat Marquette twice. Notre Dame beat Providence twice. Marquette will finish higher in  the Big East standings.

Since April 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, the day the Irish (27-1, 15-0) avenged three earlier losses in the season by beating the Huskies in the national semifinals, the numbers scream at you.

“Anytime you play an opponent that is capable of beating you, as many times as Notre Dame has, it certainly changes the game a little,” Auriemma said. “It impacts the coaching staff, the players.

“You start to look at everything through a different lens.”

Consider the zoom that brings UConn’s plight to light: Notre Dame has beaten UConn (27-2, 14-1) five of the last six times they’ve played.

“People say she has my number, well, it took 28 losses [from 1996-2011] for her to get it and she’s lot smarter than that,” Auriemma said. “It’s not me against Muffet.

“What the world doesn’t want to believe is, when I had Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Rita Williams and Renee Montgomery, I [UConn] had everyone’s number. She [McGraw] has Skylar Diggins now, who may be the best point guard in the country. They have everyone’s number now.

“It’s funny how the phone number is attached to a really good point guard.”

Ring-ring-ring. It’s time for UConn to answer the call.

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16 thoughts on “Does Muffet Really Have Geno’s Number? Look It Up

  1. Mike

    Hmmmm, so coaching has little effect on the outcome, it’s all about the players you have. So Geno’s recruits are not good enough, he needs to get better ones. I guarantee you that if Geno were coaching Notre Dame, they would have a lot more losses and he would be whining about the players he lost the previous season. What Muffet has done with that team is something Geno could have never done. And do you really think Bria would be playing this badly with Muffet her coach?

    1. Holy Smoley

      In reading these comments one would think that Uconn and Geno are dead and buried!! ND the last 3 years had 3 of the best players in WBB: Diggy baby, Mallory, and Novesel along with McBride and Achonwa. Say bye bye to Mallory, Peters, Novesel and now Diggy girl.
      Who will Muffet blame for loses to Ct next year?
      The score is 5 wins vs 4 wins ND vs UConn. It’s much more in Uconn’s favor if you go back to the time ND entered the BE. Who has Whom’s number??
      Geno is terrible, he just can’t coach, Muffet is so much better than Geno. Muffet plays her Freshman all the time, YEA!!
      Muffet has like 2 B.E. Championships Geno has 13 or 14. Muffett has 1 National Championship, Geno has 7. Uconn has been to the final 4 umpteen more times than ND.
      Geno certainly is terrible and his Recruits just can’t play–13 WNBA currently from UConn, 2 maybe from ND. He is a terrible coach. ^6 Olympic players on the last World Championship WBB team–ND Zero. He is a terrible coach, yes sireee—Fire Geno (I suggest he gets fired in 2032)..

    2. Holy Smoley Joey

      In reading these comments one would think that Uconn and Geno are dead and buried!! ND the last 3 years had 3 of the best players in WBB: Diggy baby, Mallory, and Novesel along with McBride and Achonwa. Say bye bye to Mallory, Peters, Novesel and now Diggy girl.
      Who will Muffet blame for loses to Ct next year?
      The score is 5 wins vs 4 wins ND vs UConn. It’s much more in Uconn’s favor if you go back to the time ND entered the BE. Who has Whom’s number??
      Geno is terrible, he just can’t coach, Muffet is so much better than Geno. Muffet plays her Freshman all the time, YEA!!
      Muffet has like 2 B.E. Championships Geno has 13 or 14. Muffett has 1 National Championship, Geno has 7. Uconn has been to the final 4 umpteen more times than ND.
      Geno certainly is terrible and his Recruits just can’t play–13 WNBA currently from UConn, 2 maybe from ND. He is a terrible coach. ^6 Olympic players on the last World Championship WBB team–ND Zero. He is a terrible coach, yes sireee—Fire Geno (I suggest he gets fired in 2032)..

    3. UconnFan

      Mike, I can guarantee that if you had half a brain, then you would have have a brain! I think Muffet is a good coach, but her win per centage for her career is no where near Geno’s and Baylor thumped them whereas Uconn let the game get away when they played Baylor and I can guarantee you that Baylor and there fans fear Uconn much more than Notre Dame when it comes to the NCAA tournament!

      1. UconnFan

        Mike , also if you think Muffet is so much better than Geno, perhaps you can explain to the world why her record is 8-33 when playing against Uconn and why ND did not have 6 players on the Olympic team or the WNBA.

      2. Mike

        Firstly, I live in the present, not the past. Secondly, Uconn should be feared more. Notre Dame shouldn’t even be the the same class as Uconn this year. But somehow they are. That’s my point which you seem to be elaborating..

  2. Geno Always Has An Excuse

    Guess that Tina and Maya had nothing to do with it. Neither did Swin, Asjha, Sveta, Shea, etc.

    Geno’s excuse is Notre Dame has Diggins and Baylor has Griner. What’s Geno’s excuse going to be next year?

    The infamous short bench excuse will continue. When Geno has 11 or 12 players, 5 mysteriously don’t earn enough playing time to get into any game flow and grow.

    When UConn only has 9 scholarship players, that is 110% on Geno and CD for NOT recruiting enough players.

    Doing the same thing and expecting different results. And yet they continue to get overpaid.

    1. Steve Gee

      But..but… but I thought UConn got all the recruits and there wasn’t any parity in the women’s game?

      Wait, now you DON’T want more teams with more talent?

      Make up your mind.

      1. Steve Gee-fire Geno in /32

        Geno can’t recruit–it’s a know fact: All those indicated by EXCUSE are phantoms.
        Geno is terrible–Fire him in 2032-he has to find another job, who would take a HOF coach who has (so far) only won 7 National and 13 Big East titles, poor guy,can we set up a foundation to collect for him.
        Sarcasm If you please!!

        1. Steve Gee

          I read and comprehend wonderfully thank you.
          Perhaps you could use a refresher of same however, if you fail to see my comment is in response to “EXCUSES”
          (yours I assume by your trollish comments, oh ye of many unclever names) complaining about Geno’s supposedly poor recruiting skills.

          Which is it today?

          a) He has it easy because he’s got all the talent on HIS team?
          -or-
          b) He doesn’t have the talent because he doesn’t recruit enough good players?

          Pick one and stay with it.

          Perhaps if you had the marbles to support your claims and own your comments, you wouldn’t have to change your name repeatedly.

  3. Edward

    On all 3 stories in the blog today, I see only baby-shit comments. What a bunch of losers. UConn is doing fine. UConn needs new fans – real fans.

  4. U-Conn! Hus-kies!

    We live in a what have you done for me lately society. Hence the comments about Muffet versus Geno. Win and it goes away.

  5. TomG

    Geno is the coach. The loss is on him. The turnover problem has been there all year. You don’t notice it against Providence because of the seperation of ability.
    Geno has not made any offensive adjustments all year. This game was won in three areas. Turnovers, lack of rebounding in overtime and missed free throws in overtime. Adjustments in any of these areas and Uconn wins by 10. Uconn’s point guard is not playing at the level it takes to win he big games. Until that changes there won’t be any championships any time soon at Uconn.

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