Inside the rivalry
Plenty of people have been talking about the relationship between UConn coach
If Auriemma won't elaborate on the UConn-Tennessee rivalry, author
In his book, Kent, who has practiced matrimonial law in Connecticut for two decades, examines the origins of the series, as well as the greatest games and the players who turned the rivalry into the signature game in women's basketball. (UConn holds a 12-9 lead in the series). Alas, the Lady Vols and Huskies won't meet in this year's championship game, as many hoped, after Stanford upset UConn in the national semifinal on Sunday night.
"Little girls dream about playing in the UConn-Tennessee game," Kent writes. "Fans from all over love it, and look at all the glory brought to the Tennessee girls from the rivalry. It's the centerpiece of the sport. The game isn't about Pat or Geno. Yet Pat Summitt is killing the series. And two words come to mind. Craven. Selfish. We never thought we'd say that about Pat Summitt. Never. What is really lost is the fact that UConn and Tennessee will play again. They will play in the NCAA's in 2008 or another season. They are the two best teams going into 2007. It is inevitable that they will meet and the stakes, pressure and notoriety will even be higher. The game will be lost in the chatter. It will be all about what happened in June 2007. It will be all about the end of the series yet again. It won't be about [
If you're a diehard women's basketball fan, the book is worth a look. As part of the book's appendix, Kent (who has also written for SI.com) offers an interesting list of the Top 20 players who have played in the series: