Geno Auriemma, his tie by then lowered into a loose noose, kicked the Nike sign to the left of his bench and picked up a technical just 33 seconds into the second half of Thursday’s sloppy but satisfying 67-52 win over No. 10 Penn State.
You think Geno was worked up?
“We just needed about three minutes tonight without a whistle [to get the offense moving],” Auriemma said. “That would have really helped. When the game is played as it was played tonight, it’s impossible to get any rhythm or flow going. You are just trying to survive the offensive set. Running offense wasn’t going to happen.
There were 38 fouls called, 22 on Penn State.
“I know two of the refs did last night’s Notre Dame-Baylor game [Brian Enterline and Jesse Dickerson] so perhaps they were suffering from jet lag, I don’t know. I have some real issues in women’s basketball and unless they get addressed, we are going to see more of these games and that’s not fair.
“I didn’t want to get thrown out; I had no intention of it. But I didn’t threaten one official that I had every intention of being thrown out. But he said ‘no you’re not’ and walked away.”
Geno also wanted very happy with the lower end of his bench. He has heard talk that his second five may be good enough to win titles. He doesn’t think so.
He used basically seven players in Thursday and said there was a reason for it.
“There is a big gap between our top four players and the next four or four,” Auriemma said. “The average person thinks our second five can go to the Final Four. Our second five couldn’t be a good intramural team here at UConn at times with the way they run offense.”