Attribute No. 1 Baylor's 71-69 loss to No. 4 Stanford on Friday in part to the "Honolulu effect." Another factor? Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims played just four minutes because of a hamstring injury.
Team USA, as always, is talented. But as the Americans try to improve on their third-place finish four years ago, it's also a team with several members still learning the ropes of a competition at this level.
With a record winning streak in hand, UConn's 71st win Monday ended with an injured Huskies player, a reminder of how fragile even a juggernaut can be. And of how consistent UConn has been for 16 months.
UConn is running up a long winning streak. Sound familiar? It should. From 2001 to 2003, the Huskies won a women's Division I record 70 consecutive games, a streak that might have been even more impressive.
Geno Auriemma knows that a vast majority hope UConn's winning streak -- currently at 55 games -- ends sooner rather than later. And that's just how he likes it -- having a target on his back rather than shooting for a target.
The constant in the remarkable winning streaks from the UCLA men and the Connecticut women was the maestro in charge. And far more than the number 88 make Geno Auriemma and John Wooden kindred spirits.
Now that Championship Week -- and all its surprises -- has wrapped, there's nothing left to do but wait, fake it at work Monday, adjust your mock brackets one more time, and wait some more to see what our friends in Indianapolis come up with.