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UConn Losing to Notre Dame Shows Flaw in Single-Elimination Tournament

UConn was upset by Notre Dame on Sunday in the women’s college basketball Final Four losing 72-63. The shocker means Notre Dame will move on to play Texas A&M in the finals which also had a big upset, knocking off Stanford earlier in the day. Coach Geno Auriemma was hard on his team after the loss which was understandable considering the Huskies lost to an inferior opponent. And therein lies the problem.

In case you don’t follow women’s college basketball too much, Sunday’s Final Four meeting marked the fourth time Notre Dame and UConn faced each other during the season. UConn was 36-1 entering the game with their only loss coming to Stanford, meaning they had beaten the Irish three times earlier in the year. In their first meeting on January 8th, UConn won 79-76, their second meeting was February 19th and UConn won 78-57, and they met in the finals of the Big East tournament where UConn won 73-64.

On Sunday, in the fourth meeting between the teams, Notre Dame finally won. And for beating UConn once out of four times, they get to play for the national championship and UConn doesn’t.

I ask you, does that seem fair? Or more importantly, do you feel like the best team will be playing for the title on Tuesday? If you say “yes”, you must be a Notre Dame fan because the scoreboard doesn’t lie. Yes Notre Dame was better on Sunday, but UConn proved they were better over the course of the season.

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Geno Auriemma Critical of UConn After Loss to Notre Dame

UConn was upset by Notre Dame in the Final Four of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, losing 72-63. The loss was even more disheartening because the Huskies had beaten Notre Dame three times in the regular season before falling Sunday night. Speaking after the loss, UConn coach Geno Auriemma did not hold back when talking about his team. In fact, he was quite critical especially of junior Tiffany Hayes and freshman Bria Hartley.

“I think some of our players got caught up in the bigness of the game,” Auriemma said. “Tiffany [Hayes], that’s kind of been her m.o. When she doesn’t get off to a good start, when things aren’t clicking for her, she disappears on us sometimes. And that happened tonight, and that’s something that we’ve tried to address with her and she understands it. I’m sure she’s probably more disappointed than anybody else that it happened tonight.”

If you thought that was harsh, well Geno was only getting warmed up.

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