How Does This UConn Run Rank with Others?
Last night, I asked a couple of fellow scribes -- one of whom has been on the beat since there were just 13 colonies -- if this remarkable UConn run to the Elite 8 compares with the Impossible Dream team of 1990.
Not even close, I was told. That run came completely out of nowhere, took the entire state by surprise and took everybody on a magical ride.
Fair enough, but is that any different from this season? I mean, who saw this coming? Who even saw the Huskies making the NCAA tournament back in October? And even after their great run in Maui, who saw UConn doing much of anything in the Big East and NCAA tournaments after their 9-9 conference season? Don't lie.
I suppose the main difference is the fact that this year, as opposed to 1990, at least the program has "been there, done that" before. Heck, the Huskies were in the Final Four just two seasons ago. Still, it's hard to believe this run is much more out of the blue than 1990.
Phil Chardis of the J-I compares this run more favorably to 2002, when, behind Caron Butler's incredible play, the Huskies reached the Elite 8 before bowing to eventual champion Maryland.
I'd like to know from you: How does this UConn run rank with others in the program's past? Please feel free to leave comments below.
Here's my notebook off last night's game, leading with San Diego State's two technical fouls that really hurt the Aztecs.
And here's a chance for you to rate the different aspects of the game for UConn in its Sweet 16 victory.
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