UConn-Georgetown is always fun, usually meaningful, but maybe no more so than a night long ago. That game started what we have today.

Almost 19 years have passed since 14-0 Georgetown came to town ranked second, facing a UConn team that surely would be put in its place. After all, these were John Thompson's Hoyas with Mourning and Mutombo, momentum and moxie.

But UConn shocked the Hoyas 70-65 on Jan. 20, 1990 at the Civic Center to get some swagger of its own.

Nadav Henefeld had 21 points, John Gwynn 15, and Tate George and Chris Smith 11 each as the Huskies went to 15-3 overall, setting the stage for what would be known as the Dream Season and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1978-79 season.

The victory over Georgetown came the same week as a win over No. 5 Syracuse, sent the Huskies into the Top 25 and led coach Jim Calhoun to say at the time: "I can't really imagine anything better than this . . . it's the biggest win since I've been here at UConn. We're a good basketball team that is developing into a very good basketball team."

This was all new to UConn. The Huskies were starting to become one of the big stories in the college game that season. Their defense was a trademark. Georgetown had six turnovers in the first six minutes and a sign in the crowd predicted just that: "The Steal Curtain Defense Will Leave Alonzo And The Hoyas Mourning."

Well, Alonzo Mourning could not have been too happy, but he did have 23 points and 13 rebounds. Dikembe Mutombo had two points and seven rebounds.

Georgetown comes into the XL Center Monday night, but this time the Hoyas are not No. 2. The 11-0 Huskies are.