But UConn does not bow to trendiness. It sets its own trends and its players set records that are productive, not showy.
Consider what Stefanie Dolson did Wednesday at the XL Center. After scoring just three points in Sunday's win at Penn State, the All-American racked up the first triple-double for UConn since 1989 as the Huskies rolled to a 114-68 win.
Dolson scored a career-high 26 points (10 of 11) with 14 rebounds and 11 assists in just 31 minutes. That was enough to become the first Husky since Laura Lishness in the 1989 Big East Tournament to have a triple-double.
"Laura Lishness, the pride of Bristol, Conn.," said Geno Auriemma. "I will tell you that this [a triple-double] means that you need to be a pretty good all-around player to do something like [that] … and tonight, she was fabulous. She did all the things that make her the All-American she is at both ends of the floor. It's what we've come to expect for her and I am so happy for her."
Dolson came back into the game with 7:30 to play and UConn up 99-59, and quickly picked up her ninth assist on a basket by Brennna Stewart, who led UConn with 28 points.
"It's her court awareness," said Stewart of Dolson. "That's what made the triple-double possible."
She would have had her milestone 10th with 4:02 to play, but Moriah Jefferson passed up an easy layup so Dolson could score.
"An even better pass," said Auriemma.
Dolson finally reached the mark with an assist on a Kiah Stokes hoop with 1:20 to play. And 33 seconds later, she assisted on sophomore Briana Pulido's first UConn hoop.
"I didn't want anyone to get crazy about it," Dolson said. "Kiah had my back and Polly [Pulido] did, too."
Stewart was 10 of 16 from the field, 8 of 8 in free throws. UConn had six players in double-figures. Bria Hartley had 17 points and six rebounds. Jefferson had 14 points and six assists. Stokes ended with 12 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. And Brianna Banks had 10 points.
Not since Nov. 14, 2010, when they opened the season with 117 points against Holy Cross, had UConn scored so prolifically. They dispatched their Pac-12 opponent by just taking what they were given, which was basically anything they wanted offensively, especially inside where they scored 64 points.
The Ducks (2-2) received stellar performances from two of the Pac-12's best players, freshman guard Chrishae Rowe (27 points) and sophomore center Jillian Alleyne (15 points). But stellar wasn't nearly enough. And taking 88 shots didn't help.
"That wasn't even schoolyard basketball," said Auriemma. "When I was growing up, if we played like that we wouldn't be allowed to play anymore. Some of the shots they take are, uh, indescribable."
Saturday's game against Monmouth, also at Gampel, begins at 4:30. Sunday's finale against the Bonnies is at the XL Center at 5:30. All games will be televised on SNY.
After three exhausting wins against Top 13 teams last week, the Huskies took a breather against Oregon – as much as a team can rest against an opponent that hardly takes a breath.
But UConn did not sit back. They played the game as it was presented to them; wide-eyed and fancy free. They attacked the inside with great effectiveness, especially in the first half when Dolson and Stewart combined for 31 points and 11 of 15 from the floor.
They led, 62-35, at the half after not scoring more than 89 points in any game. In fact, the Huskies did not score more than 76 (against Stanford) in any of their three wins over Top 13 teams last week.
And they let the Ducks have their fun from the outside. Oregon took 52 shots in the first half, an incredible amount for a UConn opponent, considering that the Huskies had allowed only 224 in the previous four games. But only 15 dropped; 2 of 17 from three.
Nope. This was not the start of any Duck dynasty.