Boeheim on Gender & UConn's Streak

To Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, a streak is a streak, regardless of gender.

Boeheim responded to Geno Auriemma’s outburst about the Connecticut women’s basketball team tying UCLA men’s basketball’s all-time winning streak at 88 games after No. 5 Syracuse’s 97-55 win over Morgan State.

“It has nothing to do with whether it’s women’s basketball or men’s basketball,” Boeheim said. “It’s a great story in basketball.”

Auriemma’s comments came after the No. 1 Huskies rolled past No. 11 Ohio State, 81-50, in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.

“I just know there wouldn’t be this many people in the room if we were chasing a woman’s record,” Auriemma said. “The reason everybody is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men’s record, and everybody is all up in arms about it.”

Boeheim is not among those people.

Instead, the Syracuse coach has been a big fan of Auriemma’s squad.

“It is just epic the way they play every night and the way they beat people,” Boeheim said. “It was seven games 0-10 points out of 88 teams which is unbelievable. […] They have a tough game against Stanford and I knew they have to look out for them when I saw the schedule. If they get by Stanford I don’t think you can stop them this year.”

Wesley Cheng is the Editor in Chief for The Juice Online.

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About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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