Who Said Notre Dame-UConn Is Cast In Stone?

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There has been a certain obviousness associated with this year’s women’s Final Four, almost as if a Notre Dame-UConn national championship game had been etched on a tablet Moses forgot to bring down from Mt. Sinai.
As you might imagine, this does not make Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer very happy.
“I think some people resent it, at least a little bit,” she said Wednesday. “Why have the NCAA Tournament if it [the result] is inevitable. We definitely want to be party-crashers.”
And thanks to the ultimately bracketologist, the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Cardinal will have its chance Sunday in the first national semifinal game at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Truth is, Geno Auriemma isn’t too crazy about the notion that the Huskies (38-0) and Irish (36-0) are destined to meet in the first battle of unbeatens in a championship game in NCAA Division I history.
“I’ve not bought into any of that,” Auriemma said. “I kind of don’t like when you have a sense of like you’re disrespecting people, and I wouldn’t want either Maryland or Stanford to feel like we’re just there as filler for the Notre Dame-Connecticut big thing, because I’ve been there, I’ve seen it, and I don’t like it.
“So we’re just preparing as if we would anything else. I know it’s a great story, and I know everybody loves story lines, and in today’s day and age God forbid if you don’t have a story line, we’ll just create one.”
“But I caution everybody, there’s two other teams good enough to win a national championship, so let’s not write that story just yet.”.

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