This current run with the Cardinal has pretty much made UConn fans forget about Tennessee, even though there doesn't seem to be as much inherent animosity.
UConn and Stanford have met five times in the last three seasons, including each of the last three Final Fours. Stanford handed UConn its last loss in the 2008 semifinals, but the Huskies have won the other four, including last season's national championship game.
The teams will meet again Dec. 30 at Stanford and depending on how UConn's schedule is set, it might be the ninth, 10th or 11th game. That means UConn could go into it with a chance to approach, tie or break the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA teams from 1971-74. The Huskies will begin the season at 78.
While UConn loses All-American center Tina Charles and guard Kalana Greene, the Cardinal will be without All-America center Jayne Appel and defensive specialist, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.
But like UConn, freshman figure to be prominently featured, led by Chiney Ogwumike, a 6-foot-3 forward and top prep player in the country. She will join her sister Nneka and Kayla Pedersen in the front court. Point guard Jeanette Pohlen also returns.
Freshman guards Sara Charles and Toni Kokenis will see a lot of action and Appel will be replaced by 6-3 Joslyn Tinkle and 6-5 Sarah Boothe, who missed the season because of an ankle injury.
Guards J.J. Hones and Melanie Murphy will return after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.
Stanford's always ambitious non-conference schedule will also include three other teams that finished in the Top 25 - Tennessee, Gonzaga and Texas. Rutgers and DePaul also made the NCAA Tournament.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times