Going for the Record: UConn Women Favored for Another Big East Tournament Title

Tom SmithCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - APRIL 5: Head coach Geno Auriemma of the Connecticut Huskies watches his team play against the Stanford Cardinal on April 5, 2009 during the NCAA Women's Final Four Semifinals at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The UConn Huskies women's basketball team is looking for a three-peat as Big East tournament champions, and their 16th overall.

The title defense begins this Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU when they will face the No. 9 seeded Syracuse Orange.

That game also happens to have the potential to be consecutive victory No. 70, which would equal the longest winning streak in women's college basketball. The record is currently held by...yep, the UConn Huskies (2001-2003).

Let's assume they take care of Syracuse, shall we? I know that Big East coach of the year Geno Auriemma would never allow his players to do this, but we're fans—we can publicly acknowledge that the odds of Syracuse beating UConn tomorrow to be minuscule.

That would bring us to Monday's matchup against the winner of the Notre Dame/St. John's game, also on ESPNU (6 p.m.). Absolutely no offense intended to Syracuse, ND, or StJ, but the only team that can really beat these Huskies has "UConn" on their jerseys.

A catastrophic lack of focus would need to occur for Tina Charles, Maya Moore, and company to lose before Tuesday's Big East final.

The pressure of being expected to win every single game you play is probably intense, but I say it is safe to say that win No. 71 comes on Monday night.

Things are certainly going to get interesting in the later rounds of the NCAA tournament, but I just don't see the Huskies losing in the BET.

If everything plays out according to script, the next record for the Huskies to chase will be the 88-win mark set by John Wooden's UCLA Bruins from 1971-1974.

...and yes, I believe that mark will fall as well. If you've seen this team play, you know why I think such things.