When asked how she felt about the UConn program on Monday, Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins said the Irish don’t dislike the Huskies as much as they have a “distaste” for them.
Geno Auriemma said he could relate to that.
“If I was her, I would feel the same way,” he said. “We have seven national championships, they have one. We have Big East [tournament] championships, they have none. If I was her, I’d be upset, too. I think she is telling the truth.”
Auriemma said there is little sentimentality surrounding this final Big East championship.
“We have been the only two teams in our league to win national championships,” Auriemma said. “We’ve been to the most Final Fours. But there is not a lot of nostalgia going on, as you can tell with all the conference realignment. I don’t think people go to our league meetings and say, ‘For old time sake, I think we should do this.’ I don’t think anyone else is paying attention, but I am glad we’re playing in the game and I am sure Notre Dame is glad it is playing, too.
“But all the schools leaving probably wish it was just someone else, at some point. It seems like its just been us. But we are the best two teams in the league and its fitting the best two teams play for the championship.”