UCONN Huskies Remain Undefeated as February Looms

The Connecticut Huskies are 20-0 as the women’s college basketball season enters the short month of February.

The Connecticut Huskies lost Breanna Stewart to graduation at the end of last season. That was supposed to mark the end of the Huskies’ dominance after winning four straight college basketball national championships. However, as the season has gone so far Connecticut remain the favorites to win the women’s college basketball title with a 20-0 record heading into February.

Back in mid-November, UCONN almost lost a game when they traveled down to Florida State. The Seminoles actually had a shot in the air at the buzzer that would have won the game had it fallen in, however when it bounced out so bounced out the only clean look a team has got at beating Connecticut this season. The 78-76 result from November 14th remains the only game in UCONN’s schedule to date that was decided by one possession.

The consensus favorite in both polls, no argument can be made about UCONN playing a weak schedule. Florida State, for starters, have just two losses on the season so beating them that is a quality win right there for Connecticut. The Huskies have also handed both Baylor and Maryland, the 2nd and 3rd-ranked teams in the AP poll, the only losses those schools have this season. Lastly, UCONN dished out a loss to Notre Dame, a team with just three losses on its season. When it comes to strength of schedule, you would actually be hard pressed to find a team that has played a more brazen schedule than that of Geno Auriemma’s team.

Looking ahead for UCONN, there isn’t much in their path that suggests a loss in upcoming games. Connecticut will face unranked Temple soon (Feb. 1st), unranked Tulsa (Feb. 5th), unranked Cincinnati (Feb. 7th), and unranked SMU (Feb 11th). the Temple game is one that should have Auriemma’s complete attention as they are a 16-4 team. However, the Owls haven’t beaten a ranked team this season and could be heading toward a mid-to-low seed in the tournament as a result.

In mid-February, Connecticut will face 4th-ranked South Carolina, however that is a game that the Huskies will host. If UCONN win that game then they may head into the post-season undefeated. Breanna Stewart graduating certainly hasn’t change a thing so far for the program. The Huskies are the clear favorites to win another national championship, one that would be their 5th in a row. In truth, it’s hard to picture a loss anywhere for them, but possibly in the deep rounds of the NCAA women’s tournament.

Shane Lambert