In 2004, something happened in Division I college basketball that had never happened before.
The women's and men's teams from the same school — that would be UConn — won their respective NCAA National Championships. People said it would never happen again.
Not so fast.
Amazingly, UConn is in a position to repeat this remarkable feat. Both the men's and women's teams have made it to the Final Four.
That the women's team has advanced to the finals is not a blinding surprise. The crew assembled by coach Geno Auriemma, led by seniors Bria Hartley and the ebullient Stefanie Dolson, is undefeated and playing with verve and confidence. They could face Notre Dame in the championship game, which would be the first time two undefeated teams met for the title. Do not take the young women from South Bend lightly: They don't call them the Fighting Irish for nothing.
As for the men's team, there may have been more exciting games that the Huskies' win over Michigan State on Sunday, but we are hard-pressed to think of one. The Huskies weren't even in the tournament last year, and were a seventh seed in the East Regional this year. Nonetheless, coach Kevin Ollie's team has busted brackets from sea to shining sea.
Perhaps their success shouldn't have been such a surprise. Guard play is vital in the tournament and UConn's backcourt tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright is as good as any in the country. They will have a tough opponent in top-ranked Florida; let's hope the Gators take the Huskies lightly.
However the tournament ends, Connecticut basketball lives.
Editor's note: This editorial was changed to correct the spelling of Stefanie Dolson's name.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun