| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:53 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Maybe it was the magic of the pre-game ceremonies on Senior Night. Maybe it was the lingering magic of shocking Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen last March.
Whatever it was, the words came out of Shoni Schimmel's mouth after...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:45 PM
UNCASVILLE — Greatness has no boundaries. Greatness needs no favors.
As the UConn women pulled further and further away from an over-matched No. 3 Louisville women's basketball team on Monday night at Mohegan Sun Arena it grew more and more...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:34 PM
STORRS — The first call Geno Auriemma got after he won his first national championship in 1995 wasn't from President Clinton, Governor John Rowland or Jim Calhoun.
It was from St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli.
"He was one of the first guys on...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 4:51 PM
STORRS — Geno Auriemma gets a kick out of it. He clicks on the television, he picks up the paper and there is Kevin Ollie, that noted farmer from South Central LA, talking about planting seeds.
He's talking about planting seeds for player growth...
| May 1, 2014
| 6:10 PM
Geno Auriemma's favorite player of all-time is Walt Frazier. He loved the way Frazier played on both ends of the basketball court. He loved the way he won championships. Most of all, Frazier did it with the undeniable cool that made a young guy from...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:43 PM
STORRS — With two minutes, 40 seconds remaining in another UConn women's rout Tuesday night, Stefanie Dolson left the Gampel Pavilion floor for the final time. Geno Auriemma briefly threw one arm around her as Dolson went down the line to slap hands...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:01 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. — A half continent away from Madison Square Garden, the full onslaught of UConn basketball continued Monday night. A half continent away from an ear-shattering Sunday afternoon in an arena players love to call the Mecca of basketball,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:37 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. — Sometimes it comes from the mouth of an outsider. Sometimes it comes from the mouth of an insider.
And sometimes, well, sometimes the message from within is so good that it can even overcome our flinty New England skepticism....
| Apr 7, 2014
| 7:22 AM
NASHVILLE — Numbers are thrown around faster than crumpled up brackets this time of year. Call it one-and-done or, as John Calipari, with the propriety of a snake oil salesman, calls it, "succeed and proceed." Whatever term you choose, Kentucky will...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 9:50 PM
NASHVILLE — History demanded perfection. For without perfection Tuesday night in this state where Pat Summitt ruled as basketball royalty, there would be no history for UConn and Geno Auriemma.
The game demanded perfection. For without perfection...
| Apr 12, 2014
And so I walk. ... "Color me not convinced. Call me the Doubting Pitino if you want, but I'll carry this banner from the state Capitol to Gampel Pavilion if UConn wins the national championship."
Those are the 30 words that got me into trouble. Those...