Want more reason to celebrate the two national titles the men's and women's teams added to the collection this week? Thanks to fivethirtyeight.com, here ya go: UConn is now, without question, the best college basketball program of all time.
According to author Carl Bialik, "The championships moved UConn into an indisputable lead as the most successful overall Division I college basketball program, when accounting for men’s and women’s achievements."
Previously, Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma first won simultaneous titles in 2004, and now, a decade later, it's happened again.
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In fact, according to Bialik, UConn's only real competition comes from UCLA, which won 10 national titles during the John Wooden era.
But the Bruins’ success has hardly been balanced: UCLA has won as many titles in the men’s tournament as it has won games in the women’s tournament. In fact, outside of Storrs, Conn., and a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference schools — Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — few of the leaders in combined basketball success have been truly successful in men’s and women’s hoops. Tennessee has a losing record in the men’s tournament even after this year’s run, and Stanford gets most of its wins from the women’s side.
If anything, it's a testament to the programs Calhoun and Auriemma built, and Kevin Ollie has sustained.