“It’s not ideal in the middle of February,” Auriemma said. “I think by now you’d like to just kind of be in a rhythm. But I think it’s good for your younger guys to see this is what potentially it could look like in March. So in that respect I think it’s pretty good.
“It’s a game that really doesn’t affect your ability to win a championship. Every conference game has an impact on whether you win the Big East regular-season championship or not. This game doesn’t. And I think any time you can do that, to just play a game that’s kind of a preview of the kind of game you hope to play in March, I think it’s always good.”