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SI: Is there a secret to taking a preseason favorite to a national title? You did it in 2005 and '09.
RW: The common denominator was the kids. From the first day until the last shot, they were only concerned about the team, not about getting ready for the NBA.
SI: Were you surprised that no one left this team early for the NBA?
RW: I had a feeling that John and Tyler were looking for reasons to stay. With Harrison, I was a little surprised, because he walks to the beat of his own drum. He decided that he wanted to accomplish more things at this level.
SI: HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT FOR YOU TO DEAL WITH LAST YEAR'S POINT GUARD CONTROVERSY?
RW: I TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY, SO I DON'T HAVE PLEASANT MEMORIES OF IT. BUT I THOUGHT A LOT OF PLAYERS WOULDN'T HAVE PERFORMED AS WELL AS KENDALL DID UNDER THAT PRESSURE.
SI: Expectations weren't high last year, but do you look back and think, We could have won it all if we had beaten Kentucky?
RW: There's no question. It's not a given that the best teams will make it, and sometimes you can steal a championship. That's what UConn did—it was the best team where four No. 1 seeds and four No. 2s didn't make the Final Four.