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.
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.
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.