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“If you win on Saturday you know you beat a really good team,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “If you lose you know you got a lot of work to do to beat a really good team down the road.”

Connecticut leads the series 7-6, including winning five of the last eight meetings _ dating back to 2005. Stanford, unlike a lot of other teams in the country, has been able to stay close to the Huskies in the losses, losing most by a dozen points or less.

“You have two of the best offensive teams in the country, not to say we’re going to see who can win 110-109,” he said. “We try to make scoring and scoring often our priority. Maybe that’s why it’s become such a great rivalry.”

Unlike other rivalries in the sport that have ended during the past few years because of conference realignment or teams refusing to play each other, UConn and Stanford will continue for at least two more seasons. They will open next season in Connecticut.

“As long as Stanford wants to play we’ll play them. I have a lot of respect for them, obviously, as a university and certainly their coaching staff,” Auriemma said. “They’re great people. And the kind of people they recruit are great people. So I’m thrilled that it was done. Really. I think that’s a great thing for us.”

After playing Stanford, UConn will head to Oregon before going home to open up its Big East schedule.

“Playing games on the road at the early part of the season is very important,” Auriemma said. “Coming out here and playing Stanford and knowing how hard it is to play them, especially here. It’s a great opportunity for us at this point in the season. As soon as we’re done on this trip we have Notre Dame at home. Playing two teams in the top five in the country in a matter of a week or so is exactly what we need right about now.”


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