UCLA, UConn streaks are equally im­pres­sive

Dayton Daily News - - SPORTS - By Greg Billing Staff Writer

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.

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