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“Coach Auriemma has a lot of respect for coach Wooden and how he ran his program, and I know a lot of the things coach Wooden did coach Auriemma adopts as well. How we present ourselves and making sure we’re on time and respectable. Team-oriented. Good people. Life lessons that coach shows us through basketball is awesome.”

One more victory will forever join Auriemma and his team with Wooden and UCLA.

“It’s just a matter of who they will say first, UConn women’s basketball team won 89 straight games, or UCLA men’s basketball team won 88 straight games,” Auriemma said. “It won’t change my life that much.”


AP National Writer Nancy Armour contributed to this report.