Connecticut is Proof That Women’s Basketball is Boring
Geno Auriemma finally made some trending real news feeds a week ago and it was not because his Connecticut team was dominating.
The University of Connecticut head women’s basketball coach said men’s basketball was boring. In reality, he was stating the obvious about women’s basketball and the reason is the program he runs. When people all over the country fill out their polls in the men’s field, they are really foolish to include teams not named Kentucky, Wisconsin or Duke winning it all. In the women’s game, that bit of foolishness only applies to one team — Connecticut.
In reality, women’s basketball is boring and Auriemma’s 63-53 win over Notre Dame in the National Championship was added proof that what Auriemma said about men’s basketball applies ten-fold to the women’s game. Auriemma’s NCAA title was his 10th, tying him with John Wooden of the UCLA men for the most men’s titles. In reality, though, the men’s brackets did not get really interesting until Wooden retired from college basketball. National sports talk radio host Jim Rome perhaps had the best line on the night of last year’s WNBA finals when he said: “The WNBA finals are on tonight. If I was in the hospital in a full body cast and had to watch the NBA finals or my heart monitor, I’d chose the heart monitor.”
The women’s college game is not any better.
Critics point to the fact that Wooden won five of his 10 titles because all-time greats Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton were the centers, but those same people forget that Wooden won five other titles without those guys. For his part, Auriemma had no such dominating players because he was able to attract the best girls playing high school and AAU basketball to his school.
In other words, the hundreds of other colleges and universities playing the sport never had a chance at a title and filling out a women’s bracket was never as interesting as filling out a men’s bracket.
Until that Auriemma retires, like Wooden did on the men’s side, that is the fate that faces women’s college basketball going forward. There are a lot of people out there who cannot wait.