The next step to UConn’s potential 8th national championship comes Saturday at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena against Maryland, the No. 4 seed in the region.
The Huskies had one of their most difficult wins of the season against the Terps at the XL Center in early December, winning 63-48.
UConn shot just 23-of-60 that night and had more turnovers (17) than assists (16). The Huskies had a 13-point lead at the half and Maryland played them even from there.
Maryland led the Huskies in rebounding that night, 39-35, and have an All-American in junior post Alyssa Thomas.
“They are a great team, incredibly talented and they have a great player in Alyssa Thomas who has had a great season,” Auriemma said. “This time of the year, this is what you are going to get. There are only 16 teams left in the tournament [after Tuesday] and 10, maybe all 16 of them, are going to be really good. Maybe eight or nine will be in the Top 10. We have one of the toughest Sweet 16 games in the country – for sure.”
UConn and Maryland will also play next season in College Park, Md, a part of UConn’s very competitive non-conference slate for 2013-14.