They have watched film. They have memorized tactics. They have explored what evidence there is to explore. The clinical dissection is done.
There is nothing left now for UConn to do but beat Notre Dame.
“If we are fortunate to win the first game [Sunday vs. California], I’m hoping to goes like 10 overtimes,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.
After three losses to the Irish this season, four straight, seven of the last eight over three seasons, the Huskies have one last chance for vindication Sunday when the play the Irish in the NCAA national semifinal at the New Orleans Arena.
Geno Auriemma, as masterful with the language as any coach in the history of the game, has basically run out of words to say to motivate his team.
“I have no idea, but I sense it will be great,” ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo said.
Auriemma has started talking to his players in a different way, one that those who have played for him in the past recognize.
He has been dropping hints at various sessions with ESPN and other media outlets. Designed at answers, they are really subtle suggestions.
“Geno does not save it all for that final moment,” Lobo said. “When he is answering our questions [in pregame production meetings] it’s 10 percent for our benefit and 90 percent for his players. He is delivering the message he wants delivered, like saying do we have a player who wants the shot at the end of the game. … He talks to his players through us [the media].”