Auriemma Earns 400th BE Win; His Response Was Typical Geno

UConn coach Geno Auriemma receives his share of feedback from fans. Some of it is complimentary. Some of it is not.

Judging by the heavy sarcasm in his response Saturday to a question regarding how he felt after earning his 400th Big East win, he no doubt received a healthy supply of negative feedback in the wake of the Huskies’ 76-70 loss to No. 1 Baylor Monday night.

“Just like 399,’’ said Auriemma, who joined Tara VanDerveer of Stanford (Pac-12) as the only coaches to win 400 games in a single conference. “There’s not much difference. You know, you don’t accomplish a lot of things without like really, really good players.’’

“But we just won a regular season game. We won a regular season game on Senior Night. But, obviously, if we don’t win next Monday night (at Notre Dame), we’re not going to win the national championship. So (Saturday) was just, you know, a game. A week from this Monday, if we don’t win that game, there’s no point in finishing out the season. So we know that we’ve got a real busy week coming up for us. Because that game’s going to determine the season, and also the future career of a lot of these kids. So I don’t want to get too excited about (Saturday).’’

The third-ranked Huskies conclude the regular season by hosting Pittsburgh at the XL Center Tuesday and traveling to South Florida Saturday and to No. 2 Notre Dame March 4. The Irish defeated UConn 73-72 at Gampel Pavilion Jan. 5.