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Located in Storrs, Connecticut, the University of Connecticut is a basketball hub for the state of Connecticut. Without a pro basketball team of its own, locals treat UConn as the team to follow, both in men's and women's bball.
The UConn Huskies' rise to such prominence began with the arrival of men's head coach Jim Calhoun in the 1986 season. Calhoun put CT on the athletics map, a distinction that Geno Auriemma and the women's program have taken to the next level.
The men's team, beginning with Calhoun and transitioning to current coach Kevin Ollie, has won four national championships, the sixth-most in league history. It has put numerous players in the NBA and was a behemoth in the old Big East conference. After a move to the newly formed American Athletic Conference, success has been harder to come by, but Ollie is still in charge of a program to be reckoned with.
Of course, the most fearsome program in perhaps all of college basketball, regardless of gender, is the UConn women's team. Auriemma has seen his Huskies win a record 11 national titles and dominate the sport like no team since the old UCLA men's teams of John Wooden in the 1960s and '70s.
Since Coach Pat Summitt left the University of Tennessee, UConn hasn't found another rival. Not only do the UConn women have the record (tied with UCLA) for most championships in history, but they also have the record for consecutive wins, as the team went on an 111-game winning streak between 2014 and 2017. This, after putting together a 90-game winning streak last decade that included multiple undefeated seasons. Overall, Auriemma has led his squad to six different undefeated seasons.
Though the University of Connecticut is known for basketball, it isn't defined by it. The blue and white compete in everything from ice hockey to rowing. Men's and women's teams in dozens of varsity sports populate the Storrs campus and off-campus athletic facilities, such as the XL Center in Hartford, CT. As the school's fight song goes, the UConn husky is a symbol of might toward its foe. Fight, fight Connecticut, it's victory, let's go.