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UConn's Auriemma riles up the Crazies


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 2:24 a.m.
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Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma may have picked the wrong fight when he spoke out on the Cameron Crazies, fans of the Duke basketball programs. The Huskies bring their NCAA-record 58-game winning streak to Durham to play No. 1 Duke.

The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. - With three national titles and a record 58-game winning streak, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma hasn't slipped up too often.
This time, though, he might have picked a fight he can't possibly win - with the Cameron Crazies.
Auriemma insulted Duke fans, adding more intrigue to tonight's game that will feature the two best teams in women's college basketball this season - the top-ranked Blue Devils (20-0) against No. 2 UConn (19-0).
"As far as the Cameron Crazies are concerned, I think they're a little bit overrated," Auriemma said. "I don't think the Cameron Crazies would be as effective if the Duke basketball players weren't as good."
"The Cameron Crazies are worth about 20 points. There's no way we can win this game," the coach added in jest.
Battle on.
The students at Cameron Indoor Stadium have had little trouble over the years getting under the skin of such ACC stars as David Thompson, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan.
They promise to be out in full force for the Huskies, and have been planning for months to ridicule Auriemma. After his comment Thursday, they planned a 24-hour cram session to try to come up with something special for the coach.
Duke coach Gail Goestenkors laughed when told of Auriemma's comment about the Duke students.
"Well, he hasn't been here yet," Goestenkors said.

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