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UConn's Auriemma, whose college career began at Saint Joe's, faces Hawks in NCAA tournament

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    Saint Joseph's Erin Shields makes a three-point shot as Georgia head coach Andy Landers, right, looks on, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (The Associated Press)

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    Prairie View A&M's Shamiya Brooks, right, fouls Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, left, during the first half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (The Associated Press)

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    Saint Joseph's Sarah Fairbanks (41) and Natasha Cloud (4), and head coach Cindy Griffin, right, celebrate at the end of the second half of a first-round game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Storrs, Conn. Saint Joseph's won 67-57 over Georgia. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (The Associated Press)

Top-ranked Connecticut plays Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament. It's a game that has a lot of emotional ties for Huskies coach Geno Auriemma.

Auriemma grew up in Philadelphia as a Saint Joe's fan. He coached high school ball and became good friends with Phil Martelli, who coaches the Hawks' men's team, and got his first college coaching job as an assistant for the women's team with the Hawks in 1978.

He also coached the mother of Saint Joseph's guard Erin Shields and the sister of Hawks coach Cindy Griffin.

Auriemma will put that aside as the Huskies (35-0) attempt to win their 42nd consecutive game and move into the regional semifinals for a 21st straight time.