Both the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams have had championship seasons and multiple reasons to be proud regardless of what happened last night and whatever happens tonight. The women were expected to do so all along and were upset last night; the men surprising skeptics to continue a magical season.
And both teams have marquee players who are more than just players. Maya Moore is a study in grace and class both on the court and in the classroom, carrying a nearly 3.7 grade point average. Her dominance on the court arguably places he as he best female basketball player in history. Last night’s loss to a can’t-keep-us-down Notre Dame team does nothing to change that.
However, one thing we were reminded of last night is that in any team sport, one player cannot win a national championship. Moore scored 36 points for the Huskies. The rest of the team scored 27. That’s not to disparage the rest of the team. They had an off night but they are still champions.
The face of the men’s team is of course, Kemba Walker. Some dismissed his multiple 20-point games early in the season. Yet he never stopped and has led his accomplished teammates on an improbable run that will end, one way or another, tonight. Walker has also handled the spotlight with class, nearly always giving props to his teammates. He has a lot to be proud of.
Because the title game for the men is tonight, The Shad will hold off addressing the elephant(s) in the room—the coaches. For now, we should just enjoy one last exciting game in this great college basketball season.