Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2; Bowl Name Misses Mark

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2; Bowl Name Misses Mark

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Well, as a huge Tennessee Lady Vols fan, this is very difficult for me, but I have to give credit to the UConn women's basketball team.

Their streak of 90 consecutive wins is an amazing feat - tops in Division I college basketball. The Huskies finally lost on Thursday, 71-59, to No. 9 Stanford, but I predict but it will be a long time before any team accomplishes what they did.

And despite all their success, it seems some people want to devalue what they've done. Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News said he doesn't understand why we compare men's and women's basketball, because of the differences (rules, ball size). But I don't get why people would say the UConn women have the longest winning streak in NCAA women's college basketball. They already had that record since 2001-03 when they won 70 in a row. Why some people want to act like it's different or not comparable to UCLA's 88-game winning streak is beyond me. The Bruins still have the most consecutive wins in men's college basketball, but the UConn women now have the most consecutive wins in college basketball. It's simple math. And it's not like comparing apples to oranges. It's more like comparing Granny Smith to red delicious. They're different but they're both apples.

Another argument I've heard is that it's easier for women to break that record. Patrick Rishe of Forbes.com suggests there is a lack of depth in the women's game compare to the men's game, and that UConn is able to hoard all the best players. That argument doesn't really make sense, either. There was a time when women's basketball was pretty much just Tennessee and UConn, yet neither of them won 90 in a row. There's a lot more parity now. Just ask Stanford, Baylor, Duke, UNC, Texas A&M or Oklahoma. Or ask Mike Krzyzewski (assuming he'd answer) if a certain men's team isn't able to hoard the best talent. Top-ranked Duke is 13-0 after Sunday's 74-63 win over Miami, giving Coach K his 881st career victory. …

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