UCLA, UConn streaks are equally impressive
On this date in history, Dec. 21, 1891, the first game of basketball was played in Springfield, Mass.
Just 119 years later and about and hour away in Storrs, Conn., it seems the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has nearly perfected it.
UConn won its 88th straight basketball game Sunday, tying the UCLA men’s team (1971-74) for longest consecutive streak in NCAA history. And when a team matches or breaks — which UConn can do tonight against Florida State — an all-time record, the comparisons follow.
Is this the greatest basketball team in college history?
Which streak is more impressive, UCLA or UConn?
I understand the reasoning, but doesn’t labeling this year’s UConn team — one that contains five freshmen and two sophomores — the greatest ever slight the team that started the streak in 2008-09 and the one that continued it in 2009-10? The greatest program ever? Now that’s a worthy discussion.
So, which streak deserves more praise? UCLA often gets the nod because they play a men’s game, which many translate to better athletes and more parity. But it’s not like women’s basketball teams are routinely running off 88-game winning streaks, are they?
It’s difficult to compare men’s and women’s teams, let alone from different eras.
So how about this: Let’s just celebrate UCLA’s streak on the men’s side and UConn’s streak on the women’s side as what they are — amazing accomplishments that may never be broken. Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2400, ext 6991, or gbilling@DaytonDaily News.com.