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Auriemma Likes These Competitive Matchups

Auriemma Likes These Competitive Matchups

STORRS – For as long as UConn has played games like Monday's contest against No. 1 South Carolina — its 20th 1 vs. 2 matchup — coach Geno Auriemma has felt conflicted.

Does the game mean everything because of its significance to the promotion of the game? Does it mean nothing in the regular season because no trophy is rewarded? Or does the truth lay somewhere in the middle?

It didn't change on Monday when the Huskies beat South Carolina 87-62.

"We've gotten better along the way," Auriemma said. "We've improved since November and I think we're better now than we were a month ago. How that translates, I don't know.

"There might...