Paige Bueckers’ Coach Geno Auriemma Overtakes Coach K’s Legendary Record

Published 02/20/2024, 11:55 AM EST

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The Huskies have been howling their way to glory despite the gloom inflicted by injuries. Paige Bueckers’ band has been treading along well at #15. The team has had 23 wins and 5 losses overall and a 15-0 in the Big East Conference. These stats not only uplift the team’s mood but also upgrade the legend of their headman.

The team’s recent 73-53 victory over #21 Creighton has carried their coach Geno Auriemma one significant step ahead in his run for all-time wins in college basketball. Just a few steps away from to top of the table, Auriemma is on track to make history before the season ends.

Geno Auriemma surpasses the legend’s record

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Not even two weeks have passed since he reached a milestone with his 1200th win. Now Geno Auriemma has 1203 wins, officially surpassing Mike Krzyzewski’s (Coach K) record of 1202 wins. He is now at #2 with the most all-time wins in the NCAA with Stanford Cardinals head coach Tara VanDerveer at the top with 1209 wins.

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The Huskies have been torn into pieces in terms of player strength, however, they are still winning. UConn’s leading scorer Paige Bueckers scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist, with Aliyah Edwards contributing 20 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist in their latest outing. Freshman Ashlynn Shade added 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.

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After the game, Auriemma in a short interview said, “I knew, today was going to be a huge struggle – one, because you know, you’re playing a team that’s really determined after what happened the first game. And, uh, we’re really tired, as you could see we’re tired mentally, we’re tired physically.”

He weighed on the reality of losing half of his team to season-ending injuries saying, “I knew, it was going to be a grind. I knew, it was going to be tough, so I think we showed a lot of guts, a lot of character. Uh, you know, it’s not easy when you’re only playing five, six, seven guys at the most. Um, so, this one, we just gutted it out, so this was to me, this is one of the better wins we’ve had this year.”

Now, that Auriemma has crossed a big milestone set by the remarkable Coach K, it’s interesting to anticipate what lies ahead for him in addition to becoming the all-time winningest coach of college basketball.

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Geno Auriemma’s path ahead

Geno Auriemma has led the UConn program to six undefeated seasons and 11 national championships, the most in the history of NCAA basketball. Despite these achievements including his own as a coach, he has always maintained his focus on the team and the bigger goal.

This mindset has led him to be just one step away, or a few games away from surpassing Tara VanDerveer’s record, and this year’s national championship title. The team’s unwavering and dominating performance is likely to pull the strings in their favor.

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Also, given the decorated coach’s contract extension through the 2024-25 season, along with Paige Bueckers’ another committed season, there is only one thing to be seen on the cards for the team and Auriemma, i.e. victory.

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