This is going to make a lot of people mad, but sometimes, the truth hurts.
If you’re a fan of Kentucky, or UCLA, or Duke, or North Carolina, or insert another team here, you probably think that your school is the premier college basketball school.
If you don’t go to UConn, you are incorrect in this assumption.
The UConn women’s basketball team won its eighth national title on Tuesday night with a dominant 93-60 victory over Louisville. It was the program’s first victory since 2010, which doesn’t seem bad. But if you’re a UConn fan, two years without a championship is inexcusable.
But it’s not just about the dominant women’s program – the program that has won eight titles in 14 trips to the Final Four; the program that holds the NCAA men’s and women’s record with 90 straight wins.
The aforementioned schools are some of the great men’s basketball programs of all-time, but they do not have a women’s team that matches their success, and none of them have been more successful in the last 20 years than the UConn women’s counterparts.
The men’s basketball team at UConn has won three national championships since 1999. Its seven Big East Tournament titles since 1990 are the most in that stretch, and it matches Georgetown for the most titles all-time in the now divided conference. The Huskies have been to four Final Fours since 1999, and are 6-1 when they get there.
Once UConn gets to the Final Four, all it needs to do is win that first game and you can basically guarantee it the title, as the Huskies are 11-0 combined in the men’s and women’s championship games.
The dominance of the UConn basketball programs – with their abundance of championships and pro-level players (12 each in the NBA and the WNBA) under two coaches that were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame while still active – has asserted UConn as the capital of college basketball.
There are 10,000 residents in Storrs, Conn. along with the 20,000 students at UConn. The school is in the middle of nowhere, tucked into the quaint little town next to the rolling farmland dominated by cows. It is about 15 minutes off of I-84.
No matter how far it may be from the rest of civilization, the entire college basketball universe revolves around Storrs.