Saturday, January 31, 2009

UConn Goes For The 1-and-1

The mecca of college basketball still resides in Storrs, and the UConn men can make it official this afternoon against Providence. A victory against the surging Friars at Gampel Pavilion will lift the Huskies to No. 1 in the men's poll, where they will join the undefeated women for the fourth time in the program's history -- all since 1995.

The men are trying not to get caught up in the re-claiming the No. 1 ranking, and after Providence's triple-digit upset over No. 15 Syracuse Wednesday, it will be up to the defense to come through one more time.

The UConn women travel to D.C. today for Geno Auriemma's 800th game as a head coach. Of all the milestone games, No. 600 has to rank as his No. 1. That was the 2003 NCAA Championship game in Atlanta, when Diana Taurasi almost singlehandedly delivered back-to-back titles in a 73-68 victory over Tennessee, complete with Diana kicking the ball into the Tennessee fans' seats at the final buzzer.

There has been a ton of second-guessing of agent Scott Boras over the way he handled Jason Varitek's free agency this winter, all of it warranted after Boras allowed Varitek to throw a potential $10 million arbitration contract out the window before settling for $5 million Friday. Bob Ryan takes Boras to task in today's Globe.

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