UConn finished No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports coaches’ poll as expected. What was not expected, however, was the fact that the Huskies were not a unanimous selection in voting by 31 coaches.
UConn hammered Louisville 93-60 in the NCAA tournament final Tuesday, the largest margin of victory in the history of the final. Yet, Elon coach Charlotte Smith still voted Baylor No. 1, one spot ahead of the Huskies. Yes, the same senior-laden, defending national champion Baylor team that allowed 16 3-pointers in an 82-81 loss to Louisville in the Oklahoma City regional semifinals.
Here is what Smith told USA TODAY …
“All along, I thought Baylor was the better team,’’ Smith said. “I don’t know whether the stars aligned for them (Louisville) in the universe. But I feel that had (Baylor) gotten by Louisville, Baylor would’ve been national champions.’’