Geno Auriemma Becomes Fastest NCAA Basketball Coach to Reach 900 Wins

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 4, 2015

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In an otherwise business-as-usual blowout for the Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team, head coach Geno Auriemma added another epic achievement to his resume on Tuesday.

Following a lopsided 96-36 victory over Cincinnati, ESPN Stats & Info revealed that Auriemma reached 900 wins in the fewest number of games in NCAA history:

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Geno Auriemma: becomes fastest NCAA basketball coach to reach 900 career wins (1,034 games) with Connecticut's win tonight

ESPN College BBall provided a graphic to illustrate the company Auriemma headlines:

UConn has been dominant under the Hall of Famer Auriemma—and that's putting it ever so lightly.

Last year's squad won the national title with a perfect 40-0 record, and the Huskies of today improved to 21-1 with the home romp over the Bearcats at XL Center in Hartford.

The years have to be somewhat of a blur for Auriemma, what with all the success he's had at the helm. Milestones like the one he reached Tuesday have to help keep his job interesting.

These types of mind-boggling records are also a testament to Auriemma's amazing dedication and refusal to let the Huskies decline under his watch, though.

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Even after nine national championships in the Auriemma era, the 60-year-old coaching legend has his team striving to get better.

"I don't want to stop setting the bar, and it's up to everybody else to try to get there," said Auriemma after the game, per The Associated Press' Pat Eaton-Robb. "We're going to keep doing what we're doing and we're not going to stop."

Connecticut ranks second in the country behind only South Carolina, but the Huskies are really rolling amid a 20-game winning streak. Next Monday will see UConn face off with the top-ranked Gamecocks in what should be the regular-season game of the year.

It is a marquee matchup for which Auriemma has laid years-long groundwork to ensure that his side has the edge. Based on Tuesday's 60-point triumph, the Huskies are showing no signs of slowing down amid the massive buildup ahead of the South Carolina showdown.


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