Sorry, we get a little punch-drunk tired at this time of year. But …. we have this thing on ESPN.com about ranking the the “perfect” teams. For whatever reason, when I wrote up my little bit for this, I thought I was just ranking UConn teams, not all perfect teams.
I put UConn 2002 first, UConn 2009 second and UConn 2010 third. But if I was ranking all the perfect teams of the NCAA era, I would rank Tennessee 1998 second, then the UConn teams of 2009 and 2010.
The ’98 Vols were 39-0 and led by Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings, of course. And they had a very deep bench, plus Kellie Jolly running the show.
Anyway, I also saw _ in person _ the 1986 perfect Texas team. As I’ve written before, they blew me away. It was a glimpse of what real, big-time college basketball looked like. And if anyone thinks that that group would just get blown off the court by any of the more recent vintages of perfection, I think they’re wrong.
Yes, the athleticism has changed in the last 24 years, no doubt. But that was an awfully good Longhorns team, and perhaps the deepest of all the unbeatens, even more so that ’98 Tennessee.