Just as there’s no such thing as a sure thing in sports, there’s an exception to every rule. Witness the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program: The team has won four consecutive NCAA champions and 10 since 2000. Now HBO will follow the Huskies on their Drive for Five.
HBO Sports said today that it will premiere the docuseries UConn Huskies: The March to Madness on Wednesdays starting March 1. The show will track the program’s quest to tie UCLA’s record of 11 college basketball championships. The first episode will run 60 minutes, followed by half-hour segments.
The March to Madness spotlights the players, coaches and support personnel, chronicling the hard work and high expectations game-by-game in the American Athletic Conference. Scheduled to run through the conclusion of the Huskies’ season, the show features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, offering a unique look at the personalities who shape the powerhouse program headquartered in Storrs, Conn. Under head coach Geno Auriemma, in his 32nd season with the team, the Huskies have earned berths in 28 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, going to 16 Final Fours and 11 national championships. Last spring, the team went undefeated for the sixth time en route to the title.
“Under Coach Auriemma, the University of Connecticut has built a tremendous program that excels year after year,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer at HBO Sports. “Our goal is to explore why this program is so accomplished and to tell the backstories of the student-athletes who are committed to carving out a remarkable piece of history on the college basketball landscape.”
The March to Madness is executive produced by Will Staeger, Mike Antinoro, Fred Christenson and Bernstein.
The UConn project marks HBO Sports’ second foray into a reality series spotlighting a college sports program. Last year, HBO and IMG teamed up for Gonzaga: The March to Madness.