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Tuesday, April 28 University of Connecticut

Kevin Duffy: Auriemma, UConn women in class by themselves

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Perhaps greatness isn't the correct word. Maybe hatred isn't either.

Because greatness doesn't do justice to what we've seen in Storrs this season.

And can it truly be hatred if Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw shook hands, smiled and laughed a little bit before one unbeaten team annihilated the other?

Well, let's revisit recent events. You decide. How often does a coach refuse to applaud for a rival's individual award (especially when that individual may go down as the best individual in her sport)?

How often does a coach publicly say, "We've gotten pretty good at beating them"?

How often has a coach been given every opportunity to make nice (or at least indifferent), only to confirm that, yeah, hatred's probably the right word?