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And Another Thing

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Eighty-nine

You still wish someone would at least try to fight back for once. But 89 wins in a row is 89 wins in a row, no matter the circumstances, no matter the gender.

So here's to the UConn women's basketball team, who now own the longest winning streak in college hoops history.

The best part for me was that John Wooden's grandson was in attendance, saying his grandfather would have been proud to see a women's team break his UCLA juggernaut's record. "He thought, especially in the last 10 years, that the best basketball was played at the collegiate level -- and it wasn't by the men," Greg Wooden said.

No surprise, there, frankly. Even 22 years ago, when I sat down with Wooden for a two-hour one-on-one, he was crabbing (as much as a gentleman like Wooden can crab) about the state of the men's game, and how it had become more about physicality and showtime than fundamentals. Say what you will about the appeal of the women's game, but the current model probably does more closely hew to the game Wooden knew and taught.

So I don't think Greg Wooden was just being polite when he said his granddad would have been "thrilled." I think that's the God's honest truth.

Ben Smith's blog.

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