Rarefied Air

With Kentucky losing to Wisconsin, so goes the debate of whether the Wildcats were the best team of all-time. I still claim it was the 1991 UNLV Runnin Rebel team that lost to Duke in the Final Four.

However, the talk of the greatest team of all-time should switch to the Connecticut women’s team now.

The Huskies are going for their third title in a row, are 77-1 over the last two years and have been beating teams in the tournament by over 37 points per game.

Wow. В Just wow.

In the Final Four last night, they were 21 point favorites against Maryland, also a number one seed and covered here at the sports book in Bimini. Tomorrow night, against arch-rival Notre Dame, which has clearly surpassed Tennessee as the second best women’s program, UConn is a 17-point favorite.

Already, UConn has beaten the three teams at the finals, Notre Dame and South Carolina in the regular season and of course Maryland last night.

Geno Auriemma, Husky Head Coach goes for his 10th overall title, tying him with UCLA’s John Wooden. В I would argue that Auriemma’s success was even harder to come by. I would not, however, disparage Wooden in any way.

I think Auriemma’s record stands on its own and we are witnessing success at a historic and epic level. В UConn is 9-0 in championship games.

Undefeated in nine tries.

I love women’s basketball. One day, probably just soon after the rest of the United States can legally bet on the outcome of a sporting event, we will book the women’s game just like the men’s.

How great is sports betting for television. Last night the UConn-Maryland game was never in doubt. However the game bounced around 20 points in the final minutes. Remember, the Huskies were a 21 point favorite. Those with action were watching until the very end. Those with no action turned to another channel.

What about tonight.

Wisconsin moved up to a 1-point favorite here in Bimini after opening pick. I think pick is probably the right number. I can’t help but wonder if Wisconsin won their National Championship Saturday after knocking off Kentucky.

May 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the game ball during the preseason WNBA game between the New York Liberty and the China National Team at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Duke clearly looks like they are on a mission.

I think it should be an absolutely great game. As always, I will root for whomever the book needs. If we have decent two-way I will probably root for Wisconsin. I lost interest somewhat when Gonzaga lost to Duke. The last time Gonzaga made it to the Elite 8 they lost to the eventual champion. If Duke wins, history repeats itself.

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