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Bob Herzel

February 1, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN - Mountaineers no match for UConn women

MORGANTOWN — Today, class, we offer a pop quiz.

Q - Playing against the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team can best be likened to:

a. Walking barefoot across a bed of red hot coals

b. Eating a plate of broken glass

c. Swimming across a river filled with piranhas

d. Walking through a burning building wearing a gasoline suit

The correct answer, of course, is e. all of the above.

And then some.

The last time the unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Huskies lost, Sen. Robert C. Byrd was still in diapers, or so it seems.

They have won 60 in a row and on , a talented and game but overmatched West Virginia women’s basketball team goes on the road to face them. Carrying a 20-2 record and a No. 11 AP ranking means nothing for the Mountaineers would be at least a 25-point underdog if a spread were put on the game, perhaps even more.

Among their victories this year, Connecticut owns a 12-point triumph over No. 2 Stanford and a 24-point win over No. 3 Notre Dame, which beat WVU last week, 74-66.

Mike Carey knows what he’s facing and he doesn’t want to build this game up into something it isn’t … which is a winnable game.

“A lot of great teams have gone in there and gotten beat,” Carey acknowledged. “I don’t want a moral victory. If we don’t win, we’re not done.”

The question with playing Connecticut, especially at home, is what is a moral victory?

See, that 60-game winning streak we mentioned earlier, well, every one of those wins was by double-figure margins.

So, lose by nine, is it a moral victory? Lose by 15, is it a moral victory?

By any standard, UConn is a great team with a great coach in Geno Auriemma and great players.

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