“There’s only like 10 teams, you know, out of 25 that actually play the kind of game of basketball that you’d like to watch.”
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season.
UConn, which is trying to win its 10th national championship and third in row, is now 99-17 all-time in the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Though UConn is favored to three-peat, winning another title isn’t a guarantee. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Maryland, South Carolina and Notre Dame.
UConn is in an unusual position this week, coming off a victory and favored to win again.
Defending national champion UConn goes from playing with a chip on its shoulder to a target on its back.
In the end, Kevin Ollie wasn’t that interested in finding out just how green the grass is in the NBA.
They played each other 12 times over the previous three seasons. But with Notre Dame moving to the ACC, they didn’t play this year — setting up Tuesday night’s title game between the undefeated squads.
The team is expected back at the Storrs campus at about 5 p.m., when a championship rally is planned. Gampel Pavilion will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is open and free to the public.
Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the 8-seed University of Kentucky Wildcats will win; Malloy is wagering Connecticut wine, beer and chocolate on a Huskies victory.
DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help UConn snap Florida’s 30-game win streak.
Shabazz Napier can shoot, drive and dish, hit big shots, pick off passes, carry a team down the stretch of a game and a season. Sounds an awful lot like another recent UConn star: Kemba Walker.
“We motivated ourself with the sanctions,” guard Shabazz Napier said. “We were motivated with people doubting us and it worked out well.”
The feat has also been accomplished by Duke, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan State and LSU. But UConn is the only school to do it more than once.
Music City is the next stop for a Connecticut women’s team that just keeps humming along in search of a record ninth national championship.