UCONN women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t appear to be a fan of the men’s game.
While speaking with the media ahead of his team’s meeting with fellow No. 1 seed Maryland, Auriemma shared his thoughts on the men’s game saying that it can be a “joke.”
From USA Today Sports:
“I think the game is a joke. It really is. I don’t coach it. I don’t play it, so I don’t understand all the ins and outs of it. But as a spectator, forget that I’m a coach, as a spectator, watching it, it’s a joke. There’s only like ten teams, you know, out of 25, that actually play the kind of game of basketball that you’d like to watch. Every coach will tell you that there’s 90 million reasons for it.”
While the criticism may seem a bit harsh on the surface, Auriemma continued to expand on his thoughts. It isn’t that Auriemma believes men’s college basketball doesn’t have some of the same aspects as the women’s game, but with scoring down this season the games can be difficult to watch.
“And the bottom line is that nobody can score, and they’ll tell you it’s because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of team work, nonsense, nonsense. College men’s basketball is so far behind the times it’s unbelievable. I mean women’s basketball is behind the times. Men’s basketball is even further behind the times.”
A number of things could factor in to the decreased scoring and it would be fair to say that a lack of chemistry between players due to the revolving door in the college game could play a factor.
Regardless of what Auriemma thinks, however, the Final Four is set to take place this weekend in both the men’s and women’s tournaments and plenty of people will be tuning in.
If you want to watch Auriemma’s squad instead of the men’s tournament, you can tune in to ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on April 5.
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