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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