It is not my job to take the patient approach. I am not required to comment or write stories “one game at a time.”
So while it is very interesting that UConn is playing at Rutgers, for perhaps the last time in our lives Saturday, it is very cool that on Monday night it will play No. 1 Baylor, the defending national champs, at a sold-out XL Center.
Yes, Marquette, DePaul and Providence have dulled my senses.
Unlike the UConn coaches, who prohibit their players from looking past Saturday’s game, my bosses encourage it.
So, here is a little something of what Geno said Thursday about Monday:
“It’s good to get away from the conference games for a while,” Auriemma said. “It’s a game that doesn’t impact your chance to winning a championship, as opposed to conference games, which do determine if you will win the Big East championship. Any time you can play a game [like Monday] that previews the type of game you hope to play in March, it’s a good thing.
“Until someone beats them [Baylor] in the NCAA Tournament, they are the defending champions. They have everyone back. They should win it. That’s what everyone said about us in 2009-10 [after the undefeated national championship the year before]. And I haven’t seen anything during the season to convince me they are aren’t as good, if not better than last season.
“I think the feeling most people around the nation have is that someone will have to play a great, great game, and Baylor would have to play less than its best game, for someone to beat them.
“But that can happen in the NCAA Tournament and its happened a lot in the tournament, as a matter of fact.”