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Geno Auriemma on UConn outlook: ‘We’re not going anywhere’

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Geno Auriemma isn’t worried about UConn’s ability to return to the upper echelons of women’s college basketball.

“We’re not going anywhere,” he said Sunday. “And if you see who we recruited this year, and once you find out who’s coming next year and the following year, we’re not going anywhere.”

For next season, the Huskies are expected to return Paige Bueckers and Ice Brady from injury, and Azzi Fudd should be fully healthy. Bueckers is one of the best in the game, while Brady is a five-star recruit who was expected to feature in the lineup this season. 

Fudd missed significant time this season with injuries.

And then the Huskies also add the No. 5 recruit in the 2024 class in Allie Ziebell, who committed to the program in December. They also have a top guard in the 2025 class, No. 22-ranked prospect, Kelis Fisher. So anyone ringing the alarm bells on UConn should relax and listen to the coach: The Huskies will be fine.

In fact, Auriemma expects the Huskies to make a run for the national championship again in 2024. And while this year’s tournament has broken ratings records and brought in attendance highs, there’s one way to capitalize on the momentum: UConn’s Paige Bueckers vs. Iowa’s Caitlin Clark in next year’s final. 

“Next year, if it’s those two in the final, it won’t be six million, it’ll be 10 million,” Auriemma said of the viewership numbers. Clark and Iowa’s semifinal clash with South Carolina drew a peak of 6.6 million viewers Friday.