In basketball there are players who have great games and then there are players who have overwhelmingly dominant games – the kind that send social media into shock with all the trending hashtags and photo memes. A good example of the latter came just recently with Russel Westbrook’s four consecutive triple doubles. Two words – overwhelming dominance.
The threshold of a “Westbrook” kind of night on the basketball court begins with the numbers – 20 and 10. Not just a double double, it’s a double double that makes a statement, proving the player’s superiority. Whether it is 20 points and 10 assists from a guard or 20 points and 10 rebounds from a post, whatever the combination, the feat is not easily attained, and thus should begin to generate a buzz.
So, if a 20 and 10 night on the court means the beginning of top tier level basketball for a player, what do the numbers 20 and 10 mean when describing a program? As in the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball program. As in the two time defending national champions. As in the 2015 American Athletic Conference Champions two years in a row. Yeah, that program.
In their 84-70 win over University of South Florida, the lady Huskies clinched their 20th Conference Championship. They are currently sitting at nine national titles, one NCAA Championship away from the threshold that puts the UConn women’s basketball program in a category all by itself. The University of Tennessee Lady Vols stand at 16 conference titles and 8 National Championships. No other program in the country even comes close.
The Lady Huskies have the numbers and the longevity to be the greatest women’s basketball program in the history of the sport. They are a monopoly. Every year in March the best teams in the country hope to get a good roll as they round the UConn corner of Boardwalk and Park Place. This year teams like Maryland, South Carolina, and Notre Dame will look to delay the UConn Huskies’ 20 and 10 mark of superiority. The beauty of March Madness is that upsets happen. That’s why they play the games.
But, let’s just have our hashtags and picture memes ready. Because when you are watching the overwhelming dominant, trust me, you’ll want to post about it.