Some Thoughts From Coach Auriemma On Monday’s Event

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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.”


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7 thoughts on “Some Thoughts From Coach Auriemma On Monday’s Event

  1. bob Dahill

    I think it’s unfortunate that the Rutgers series might end. That was a great rivalry for many years and good for both teams!

    1. Master Mind

      The “on court” games were great. The RU fans are indecent, disgusting , should not be tolerated. I say good riddents to those fans. Use those foul mouths against some mid western team/fans and you’ll see riots.

  2. Master Mind

    Geno as usual is right. Baylor is the defending champ. They, as I have seen, are better, more experienced and ready to perform on the big stages.
    Stanfords victory over Baylor just shows that on any give night any team can be beaten–as Geno aluded to. The head of the Baylor snake is Sims–as she goes, so goes Baylor.
    Uconn will have to be playing their A plus plus game to beat Baylor–Stewie, Mo Jeff, Tuck will have to develop chemistry and play seamlessly with the starting 5. Go get em Geno.

  3. fanofit

    All the bigs gotta be ready to use up there fouls. Only Achilles heal is Grinder is having new problems at the line.

  4. Rlyon

    Geno’s just right when he says, “anything can happen in the ncaa tourney … And it has.” He knows because it has happened to Uconn on some nights when the anything that happened happened to uconn in a surprising losing effort.

  5. ray

    To beat Baylor Dolson has to stayon the court, and they have to shoot 40 something percent from the 3 point line.


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