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John Wooden's grandson watches as Connecticut sets record for most consecutive college basketball victories

Well, it's all over. The Connecticut women's team defeated Florida State, 93-62, Tuesday night to win its 89th game in a row, a record for college basketball.

The streak, which has caused an uproar among some fans who consider it an insult to compare the Connecticut women with the UCLA men's teams that had the old record of 88 in a row, got some support from John Wooden's grandson, Greg, who was at the game.

“I kind of thought that somebody should come here from the family and show support,” the 47-year-old Wooden told the Associated Press. “Certain players have said they're not really supportive of the streak, and I know my grandfather would have loved to have been here to see this.”

Greg Wooden said in the last decade of his life, coach Wooden thought the best basketball was being played at the collegiate level, “and it wasn't by the men.”

He said his grandfather believed that women's teams, especially Connecticut, were playing his style of basketball, and liked the way they emphasized team above all else.

“He liked the way they passed the ball, the way they had quite a few stars who could have scored probably a lot more points on other teams, but were willing to sacrifice for the best of the team.”

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn leads, 54-27, at halftime

UConn leads, 34-23

UConn takes 25-14 lead

UConn races to 15-6 lead

UConn women take their shot at history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Live updates: For those of you bashing Connecticut, consider this

Let's address the white elephant in the room. We've already received a few comments from readers complaining that this won't break UCLA's record. Some points I'd lile to make:

1. When they win tonight, Connecticut will break UCLA's record for most consecutive wins in college basketball. That is a fact.

2. That fact doesn't diminish in any way what UCLA accomplished, both teams have done an amazing thing.

3. Just because Connecticut is doing this in women's basketball doesn't mean it's not a feat to be respected. Winning 89 in a row in anything, from Tiddlywinks on up, should be applauded for the skill it takes to do that.

4. You don't build up your team by tearing another team down. The legacy of John Wooden and the Bruins will not be tarnished by this. In fact, you could argue that what Connecticut has done has reminded people across the country just how amazing Wooden and this early 70's UCLA teams were.

5. Yes, the 88-win UCLA team would defeat this Connecticut team. If they played 100 times, UCLA would win 100 times. So what? Again, that doesn't diminish what Connecticut has accomplished: They have won more consecutive games than any team in college basketball history.  You don't have to like it, but the least you can do is salute them and then move on with your life.

By the way, UConn leads, 73-51 with 10:58 to play.

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn leads, 54-27, at halftime

UConn leads, 34-23

UConn takes 25-14 lead

UConn races to 15-6 lead

UConn women take their shot at history.

 

Live updates: UConn leads, 54-27, as it tries to set record

So, I ask all long-time Connecticut women's basketball fans out there: Is it fun to watch your team dominate every game, never really being threatened. Doesn't it get boring after a while?

Oh, UConn leads, 54-27 at halftime. Maya Moore has 26 points, one fewer than the entire Florida State team.

 

 

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn leads, 34-23

UConn takes 25-14 lead

UConn races to 15-6 lead

UConn women take their shot at history.

Live updates: UConn leads, 34-23, as it tries to set record

 This is like watching the Harlem Globetrotters play the Washington Generals. When will Maya Moore pull out the bucket of confetti, or the ball on a string during a foul shot? And Florida State is ranked 20th? I'd hate to see the 21st ranked team.

By the way, UConn leads, 34-23, with 7:09 to play in the first half.

 

 

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn takes 25-14 lead

UConn races to 15-6 lead

UConn women take their shot at history.

Live updates: UConn leads, 25-14, as it tries to set record

This is quickly becoming a laugher, as Connecticut has made seven of its first 10 shots and has a 25-14 lead with 11:39 remaining in the first half. Maya Moore, who is about twice as good as anyone else on the court, leads Connecticut in virtually every category worth counting and is the two-time Big East player of the year, has 11 points.

 

 

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn races to 15-6 lead

UConn women take their shot at history.

Live updates: UConn takes 15-6 lead as it tries to set consecutive victory record

ESPN is giving this almost NBA Finals-like coverage on their telecast (on ESPN2). Florida State doesn't seem fazed by the largely pro-UConn crowd and are playing a swarming defense. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but believe me, that will be their only lead of the game. 

Florida State proceeds to blow several easy lay-ups and UConn has a 15-6 lead with 15:58 to play in the first half 

 

 

--Houston Mitchell

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UConn women take their shot at history.

 

Live updates: Connecticut women take their shot at history

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UCLA's 88-game winning streak had just been ended by Notre Dame in 1974 when Coach John Wooden was asked how long he predicted the streak would stand.

I have no idea how long it will be before somebody else wins that many. I know it takes at least three years,” he replied.

The Connecticut women's team can break the record for most consecutive wins in college basketball tonight when they take on the Florida State. We will have live coverage of the game throughout the night right here on the Fabulous Forum blog. Bookmark this link to keep track of how UConn is doing.

 

--Houston Mitchell

Photo: Lorin Dixon (30) raises her finger during the second half of Connecticut's game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. The Huskies won their 88th consecutive game, matching the all-time college basketball win streak set by the UCLA men's team of the 1970s. Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters.

 

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