I think Dog's son Timmy is part of UConn's coaching/training staff. But I would not put such a rant past him.‘Mike I just don’t know what this team is made of in close and late situations, you’d like to think they can execute under pressure BUT I NEED TO SEE IT OK. You gotta wonder if that takes away from this title, they were NEVER TESTED. It’s a fair question with their legacy, I’m sorry to tell it like it is to you UConn fans. I know more about what those two scary guys who were sitting behind you do in pressure situations. /YUKYUK’
Uh…. Just last year UConn womens basketball lost in the championship game against South Carolina. Geno is 11-1 in title games. Still amazing of course. But not perfect.5-0 in championship games. No other school that has gotten there at least 3 times is perfect.
Coupled with Geno, UConn basketball is 16-0 in championship games. Basketball Mecca is in Storrs.
I love CT
Just not the basketball teams and not having the football stadium on campus
Travis Knight 2.0 is pissing me off
$39.98 to Moores Cancer Center if SDSU can pull this off
Congrats to Danny Hurley. The clear 2nd best coach in his family.
BC fan? Anyway to all BC fans on the board you can basically claim this championship as your own. BC beat ND who beat MSU who beat Nova who beat St Johns who beat UConn. Maybe you can hang a banner for that.The first 2/3 of 1SM should be decent
UConn is obviously good but the best team they faced was a 3 seed. You can only play the schedule so no knock on them but agreed we were robbed of a potential great matchup with Bama or a healthy Houston squad. This team will once again be very good again next year.This team should be a monster again next year. What a run. They basically laid waste to the entire field. I’d have loved to have seen them play Houston at full strength but oh well.
They beat Bama by 15 on a neutral court in November.UConn is obviously good but the best team they faced was a 3 seed. You can only play the schedule so no knock on them but agreed we were robbed of a potential great matchup with Bama or a healthy Houston squad. This team will once again be very good again next year.
Teams usually change between November and March, especially those whose best player is a frosh. I think a healthier Houston squad would have been a real test but I also didn’t see anyone over the course of the year who looked “better” than UConn. They were worthy champs.They beat Bama by 15 on a neutral court in November.
UConn rolls UCLA. The way they were playing, nobody was beating the Huskies. The nation saw what the Huskies were capable of. And no team came close to playing at their level. I'm not saying UCLA *couldn't* have beaten UConn. But I don't see that happening, not in this tournament.I didn't realize how lucky we were.Phew
Can you go back and do the other 4 championships too?
This is where I'm at, I don't buy going by seeding as any great indicator. We talk about the blue bloods of the women's game coming back to earth more and more due to the spread of talent around the college game now, but the same thing is happening to the men's game. Just that the spread is continuing through the lower-level power conferences to the mid-majors and even some lower majors. The increase in conference games around the nation combined with lack of motivation for power conference teams to schedule "very good" mid-majors - their trick is to alternate top 25 teams and bottom 100 teams to make an average SOS which shoots up higher as the team plays their in-conference games - means the seeding is weighted against teams like FAU who can only play like 2 or 3 marquee opponents per year.One great thing about the tournament is that it is designed to get you match ups of the teams that are playing best. For all the craziness, I think it largely did. There are not too many times when I thought teams lost that would have won 8 out of 10 or whatever. Purdue obviously. And some others along the way.
But I think we kind of have to get over seeding a little to enjoy the tournament for what it is. Maybe if Michigan State or Duke comes out of that bracket, the tournament has more of a name recognition feel. But the thing where we learn a lot about the competition within conferences during the tournament is going to keep happening.
When I think about what could have been in this tournament, the two teams I think about are Arizona and UCLA. Not Alabama or Houston. Arizona had the worst loss of the tournament, to me. That was one of those one in ten things. We have seen teams just barely get out of an early round game and then not look back. I think if Arizona beats Princeton they might well have been playing last night. One of those things.
If UConn got fortunate, it was not having to play UCLA. Even at less than full strength, they were not a great matchup. Gonzaga hitting that late basket probably benefitted UConn, though with UCLA’s injuries I still think UConn wins. At full strength, I think they were an incredible team.
Edit — And I guess Arkansas beating Kansas obviously. I forgot that. That really was huge for UConn.
Are these pre-tournament rankings? If I get to make my rankings after the tournament they’re going to look amazing.The NCAA not listening to what its own NET rankings tell them (or better yet KenPom) is kind of at fault here. What I saw from an account that researched it this morning: 5 of the 6 teams UConn beat in the tournament were ranked top 25 in KenPom.
Last year Kansas faced 2, 2019 Virginia faced 3, 2018 Nova faced 4. Of the last 10 national champs, the only ones to face 5 of them in their runs were Baylor in 2021, Nova in 2016, and (get ready) UConn in 2014. And apparently the computer does in fact know something, because those were the teams that actually did make it that far in the tournament once the games were played.
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It looks like these are the end of season (including end of tournament) rankings. But the same methodology was used to compare to the previous national champions, so it's still an apples-to-apples comparison.Are these pre-tournament rankings? If I get to make my rankings after the tournament they’re going to look amazing.
EDIT: Also the NCAA historically won’t use any rankings that take margin of victory into account. They won’t want to encourage bad sportsmanship / running up the score. I actually think ESPN “strength of resume” rankings are really, really good for this purpose.
I had the KenPom ratings downloaded from prior to the tourney (I use them for a work draft pool). UConn was ranked #4 overall in the final pre-tournament rankings (note - he does another ranking that gives who has the best odds to win, which takes regional matchups into account - I think he had them ranked 7th overall odds-wise).Are these pre-tournament rankings? If I get to make my rankings after the tournament they’re going to look amazing.
EDIT: Also the NCAA won’t use any rankings that take margin of victory into account. They won’t want to encourage bad sportsmanship / running up the score. I actually think ESPN “strength of resume” rankings are really, really good for this purpose.
I didn't realize how lucky we were.Phew
Can you go back and do the other 4 championships too?
Duke has historically been better, but man, UConn has had some AWESOME seasons. Certainly UConn has been better from 1999-2023, but, while UConn was very good in the decade before that, Duke was off the charts great during that time frame.I have no hesitation and say it's Duke. UConn has had to many down years. But now I have confidence that Hurley can match them going forward.