Commentary

Amazing season for Connecticut

Updated: April 8, 2009, 2:57 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

What an incredible, unbelievable story out of Storrs, Conn.

Think about it, the accomplishment of the UConn women, going a perfect 39-0 with all of their victories coming by double figures. It is an incredible achievement to go through a season unbeaten, but to do it in such a dominating fashion is truly unbelievable.

Geno Auriemma won his sixth national championship. Only John Wooden and Pat Summitt have more among major college basketball coaches. Auriemma has to stand tall because his squad was No. 1 all season long and it took every opponent's best shot. The Huskies blew out Oklahoma, Stanford, North Carolina and Louisville, among others. There was tremendous pressure as expectations, expectations, expectations ... there was so much anticipation of Connecticut cutting down the nets.

You understand why Auriemma and North Carolina men's coach Roy Williams are already Hall of Famers. Both of their teams celebrated by cutting down the nets in their respective title games and both were projected as favorites at the start of the campaign.

I don't think people realize what an achievement it is to stand tall as national champion. Then factor in going through the entire season unblemished, as Connecticut did, and wow, that is truly special.

When I think about those two teams and programs, there are similarities besides the great job done by the two Hall of Fame coaches. Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery for Connecticut, as well as Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson for North Carolina, are superstars that are unselfish. They only cared about one thing -- getting to the winner's circle.

They are so special and play within the team concept. You have to give some credit for that to the two coaches, because of their leadership skills. They get their players to perform with a sense of pride over the name on the front of their jersey.

Congratulations to these two great programs. Celebrations are ongoing in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Storrs, Conn. They are both numero uno, baby! What a magical feeling for the Hall of Fame coaches.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.