UCONN Team of Destiny, No Such Thing
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As the clocked ticked down to zero in Texas, the Connecticut players began to celebrate their victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Huskies had defeated one of the more talented teams in college basketball with a final score of 60–54.
The two teams were not seeded in the top 25 of the tournament, thus a matchup between the No. 7 UCONN and No. 8 Kentucky surprised many.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the Final Four games and the National Championship, they were often called the “teams of destiny,” rising above their underdog status.
However, I fundamentally disagree with the term destiny when talking about the Huskies and it use in sports commentary in general.
Yes, teams catch breaks, and yes, some teams might be more lucky than others, but a “team of destiny” does not exist.
The Kentucky Wildcats were many fans’ favorites, boasting five extremely talented freshmen that will all most likely play in the NBA someday. But the team made some incredible shots; it wasn’t just one shot that gave them the game. They played their hearts out and worked hard for the chance to play in the National Championship game.
Destiny infers a supernatural intervention in the outcome of the game, instead of grit, determination and hard work. The Kentucky Wildcats had three incredible shots by Aaron Harrison. But it was the practice and the hours of shoot-arounds that made it possible for him to make that shot.
Similar to the Kentucky team, many people thought that UCONN was the “team of destiny.” But when you beat the No. 1 overall seeded team in the tournament, then maybe it isn’t destiny, but hard work that caused them to crush Florida.
The UCONN team was kept out of the tournament last year due to sanctions and used the sanctions as fuel to push themselves to be better every day. The team did not simply get lucky, the ball not bounce their way every time they stepped out onto the court.
Instead of talking about teams of “destiny,” we should be talking about how UCONN reached the pinnacle of college basketball not by luck, but by hard work.