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UConn women hoops get reality show on HBO

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The UConn women's basketball team is getting its own reality show. (AP file photo) The UConn women's basketball team is getting its own reality show. (AP file photo)
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The UConn women's basketball team is getting its own reality show.

"UConn Huskies: The March to Madness" debuts March 1 on HBO with a special hour-long edition, followed by half-hour episodes on each subsequent Wednesday.

 “We are always looking for fascinating stories that will appeal to our subscribers, and this project will shine a spotlight on one of the most successful athletic programs in America. Under Coach [Geno] Auriemma, the University of Connecticut has built a tremendous program that excels year after year. 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," Rick Bernstein, who is the executive producer for HBO Sports, said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The series follows the team as they try and win a fifth consecutive national championship, giving behind-the-scenes access to the team and its Hall of Fame coach Auriemma.

 “We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project. Knowing the kind of high-quality content that is showcased by HBO, I am already looking forward to watching the first episode. This offers a tremendous opportunity for a lot of people to get an inside look at our university and to see just what goes into building a championship team," Auriemma said in a statement on Tuesday. 

HBO did a similar show last year, following the Gonzaga men's basketball team over the course of the season.

UConn sits at No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll and has won 82 consecutive games.

The cable network announced the show on Tuesday. The program will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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