The competition has been a real laugh for UConn women's basketball over the last two seasons.
You can rest easy, Beer Mat Flipping Guy and Backspinning Dude, the UConn women have given up their seats at the table of record-breaking 71s and popped a squat next to MJ and his 72-game winning Bulls. The Huskies beat the West Virginia Mountaineers tonight to take home their 16th Big East title and extend their consecutive wins streak to 72 games.
UConn's incredible run started on November 16th, 2008 and has continued on for 477 days. On top of winning all 72 games by double-digits, the Huskies trailed in the second half for a total of only 3:37 during their streak. With UConn's last loss coming 100 weeks ago to Stanford, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma has now reached Ron Popeil status: "Set it, and forget it!" Auriemma and Co. are just 16 wins shy of tying UCLA's 88-game win streak set back in 1974. And while that wouldn't take place until next season, it makes us wonder, what would it take to stop these women?
ESPN's Digger Phelps knows a thing or two about playing spoiler; maybe he could step in as a guest coach for UConn's opposition? While coaching Notre Dame, Phelps' Irish beat seven No. 1 ranked teams including one historic juggernaut. On January 19th, 1974, Phelps coached the Fighting Irish to a 71-70 win over John Wooden's Bruins, ending college basketball's longest winning streak of all-time. Besides being an X's and O's wizard, Phelps can create quite the distraction with his pregame dance ritual and that might be exactly what's needed to throw UConn superstar Maya Moore off her game.
UConn's opponent could also try casting a bad luck spell on the Huskies. How about the Curse of Destruction? The curse is said to deliver unbearable pain, mental and physical on whomever it's cast. However, the spell only works if you're polite to Mr. Moon. As spellsofmagic.com explains, "RESPECT THE MOON OR ELSE THIS CURSE WILL NOT WORK! TREAT THE MOON THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED!"
If neither option works, the powers that be should think about promoting the Huskies to a tougher league. If UConn women win the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the WNBA should adopt them as a franchise. Huskies center Tina Charles and guard Kalana Greene are likely first-round picks in this year's WNBA Draft while junior forward Maya Moore is certainly on pace to be the No. 1 overall selection in 2011.
Ultimately, it's going to take a monster effort to stop these women. If the streak remains intact at the end of this season, we have one request of the NCAA: Schedule the record-breaking game versus the Bruins next year. Having 99-year-old Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden, in attendance for the possible 89th win would be a magical moment in college hoops for all.