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UCLA players prepare for UConn's 89th

Seeing win streak topped seems harder now that coach John Wooden is gone, too

Updated: December 20, 2010, 7:25 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

For 36 years it has been theirs to have and hold on to.

Like a good scotch or marriage, deepening in meaning and richness as the years go by.

"The older I get the more special it becomes," said Jamaal Wilkes, who was a freshman when UCLA's 88-game winning streak began on Jan. 30, 1971, and a senior when it ended on Jan. 19, 1974.

"When I think back on it, it was a heck of a whirlwind," Wilkes said. "It was a journey that I couldn't really appreciate ...

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