Eight is not enough, but it will do for now. The Louisville Cardinals may be on the top of the men’s basketball world, but the women’s side of things is still dominated by the UConn Huskies as the team has won it’s eight NCAA National Championship in the school’s history after they routed the Louisville Cardinals 93-80 in Tuesday’s National Championship game.
Before we crown the Huskies the Queens of college basketball, we must first point out and honor the miraculous run that the Cardinals found themselves on before ultimately falling to the Huskies on Tuesday. Louisville was supposed to be toast when they met the Baylor Bears but they not only blew past them, but managed to top both Tennessee and Cal on their way to the national championship game.
The Cardinals couldn’t get it done against the best team in the country, but their efforts to get to the game were more than valiant and their run will still go down as one of the more memorable we’ve seen in some time. Despite falling to UConn’s record tying performance, the Cardinals made some history of their own, winning one for the underdogs by becoming the first team seeded lower than fourth to reach the Final Four and then the national championship.
But as amazing a story the Cardinals was, the UConn Huskies are flirting with making history next season as they are currently tied with the Tennessee Volunteers for the most national championships won by a single program. Only Pat Summit’s Volunteers have as many titles as Geno Auriemma and the Huskies.
The win by UConn also stunted some history that Louisville would have made, as had the Cardinals won they would have joined UConn as the only school to win both a men’s and women’s national championship in the same season.
It seems like it’s not going to take Geno Auriemma long to become the greatest women’s college coach to ever live and one of the best all around coaches to have ever graced sports. Since coming to the program, Auriemma has yet to lose a national championship game and all he needs is one more to move ahead of Summit’s incredible mark of eight national titles.
They’ve been here before, but the UConn Huskies are once again the Queen’s of college basketball and Auriemma’s epic dynasty is still clearly as powerful as ever.