UConn’s Geno Auriemma hopes Iowa’s Caitlin Clark won’t ‘drop 50 on us’ in Final Four


The UConn women’s basketball workforce will spend this week making ready for a problem. 

The Huskies must get previous Caitlin Clark and the top-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes in the event that they need to attain the NCAA Division I ladies’s basketball event title sport. UConn’s longtime head basketball coach Geno Auriemma is totally conscious of the difficulties that include going through a workforce led by Clark, the NCAA’s all-time main scorer. 

Auriemma stored an in depth eye on Iowa’s Elite Eight matchup with the LSU Tigers. Clark completed the sport with 41 factors and 12 assists to assist the Hawkeyes clinch a spot within the Remaining 4. 

Auriemma determined to bathe Clark with reward within the days main as much as the extremely anticipated UConn-Iowa sport, with the hope that the Iowa star won’t singlehandedly knock the Huskies out of the event.


Head coach Geno Auriemma of the UConn Huskies speaks with Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes following the Candy Sixteen spherical of the NCAA Womens Basketball Event on the Alamodome on March 27, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Photographs)

Though Auriemma now famously didn’t recruit Clark when she was in highschool, the legendary ladies’s faculty basketball coach gave the impression to be doing every thing he may to stop her from having any additional motivation for Friday’s Final Four sport.


“It’s fairly outstanding,” Auriemma stated after UConn defeated USC to clinch a spot within the event semifinals. “Subsequent weekend needs to be simply as a lot enjoyable as this weekend. Yeah, I hope Caitlin Clark had a private agenda in opposition to LSU. I do know there’s nothing private between me and her. I don’t have to be seeing her drop 50 on us subsequent weekend, you understand?”

Caitlin Clark celebrates

Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates through the second half in opposition to the LSU Tigers within the Elite Eight spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event at MVP Area on April 1, 2024, in Albany, New York. (Andy Lyons/Getty Photographs)

Though Auriemma lately declared that Paige Bueckers was the “finest participant in America,” he jokingly reversed course and bestowed the glory on Clark.

“I really like her. I feel she’s the most effective participant. Neglect I ever stated Paige is the most effective participant within the nation. I feel she’s the most effective participant of all time. I don’t know whoever stated, that I stated, that Paige is the most effective participant within the nation.”


Auriemma did direct a few of his reward towards Bueckers and USC’s JuJu Watkins. Bueckers completed UConn’s Elite Eight sport with 28 factors. The UConn ladies’s basketball program has now superior to 23 Remaining Fours.

Paige Bueckers looks on

Paige Bueckers of the Connecticut Huskies through the second half in opposition to the USC Trojans within the Elite Eight spherical of the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event at Moda Middle on April 1, 2024, in Portland, Oregon. (Steph Chambers/Getty Photographs)

“Effectively, Paige all the time needs to be superhuman,” Auriemma stated. “You possibly can’t aspire to be that, however she tries her damnedest to be superhuman. Right this moment she was taking part in in opposition to someone who performs like they’re superhuman. I feel that was in all probability the hardest matchup that any of these guards had all through the complete season – perhaps since they’ve gotten to Connecticut. I feel JuJu might be as tough a matchup as there’s, or has been, for our gamers.”


Iowa is a two and half level favourite over UConn. 

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