Forty minutes of hell? Geno Auriemma and the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's coaching staff should have been so lucky.
The video tape of the Huskies' loss to Mississippi State in the 2017 NCAA Final Four semifinals at the American Airlines Center in Dallas included the overtime.
"Painful," Auriemma said Monday during the American Athletic Conference's media day at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott hotel.
Earlier this month, Auriemma, associate head coach Chris Dailey, and assistants Shea Ralph and Marisa Moseley got away from campus for a couple of days to plan for the official start of UConn's 2017-18 season. Practice opened last Thursday and the Huskies' first exhibition game is Nov. 1 against Division II Fort Hays State. The regular season opener is Nov. 12 versus Stanford in the Countdown to Columbus at Nationwide Arena.
The staff meetings included watching the 66-64 overtime loss to Mississippi State that ended UConn's NCAA record 111-game winning streak and record four-year reign as national champion.
"It was the first time I had seen it," Auriemma said. "I had a hard time watching and I kept walking out on it. I just kept walking out thinking, 'I can't believe I have to watch this crap.' Then I would go back in. "
UConn had beaten Mississippi State by 60 a year earlier in the NCAA Sweet 16 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Huskies didn't have graduated All-Americans Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, and Morgan Tuck for the rematch but had three players in Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson, and Gabby Williams, who were honored as All-Americans for their play all season.
But in the NCAA tournament, it's about being the better team for one day. None of UConn's five starters that night have watched the tape.
"I know what it felt like," guard Kia Nurse said. "I can play the game in my head. I don't have to watch it on film. I know what happened. I lived it."
The Huskies turned the ball over on the game's first possession and Mississippi State got a 3-pointer from Victoria Vivians the first time it had the ball. UConn was seemingly fighting uphill the rest of the way.
A Collier 3-pointer pulled the Huskies within 15-13, but the Bulldogs responded with 14 unanswered points in a 5:13 span to lead by 16. It was not only UConn's biggest deficit of the record winning streak, but the most it had trailed by since March 1, 2008, when it was down 17 at DePaul.
The Huskies rallied to win that game in Chicago on a Ketia Swanier layup with 1.6 seconds left and started on the comeback trail against Mississippi State with 12 straight points, capped by a Saniya Chong trey, to make it a four-point game. But the Bulldogs took a 36-28 advantage to the locker room, marking the first time UConn had not led in the first half of a game since its loss to Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010, at Maples Pavilion that snapped its then-record 90-game winning streak.
"Down eight, I thought we were lucky to be that close," Auriemma said.
Collier gave UConn its first lead at 40-39 with 6:14 left in the third quarter. Mississippi State would go back up by four in the fourth quarter but Williams would cap a 7-0 spurt with a steal and layup that would give the Huskies their biggest lead at 59-56 with 2:30 to go.
Yet, for Auriemma, it still seemed like his team was fighting that uphill battle.
"We went from down 16 to up three, outscored them by 19 in about 20 minutes," he said. "But it still felt we couldn't convince our guys that they could win."
Vivians gave the Bulldogs a one-point lead with 1:14 remaining. Collier hit one of two free throws with 27.7 seconds left to tie it and Williams blocked a shot by Bulldogs' guard Morgan William to send it to overtime.
UConn never led in the extra session. Two free throws by Samuelson -- following a Flagrant 1 foul on Mississippi State's Dominique Dillingham -- tied it at 64 with 26.6 seconds remaining. The Huskies had the chance to hold for the last shot but Chong drove to the basket and lost the ball out of bounds to give the Bulldogs possession with 12.8 seconds to go. William, who had 41 points in the overtime win over Baylor in the regional final five days earlier, then hit a pull-up jumper with Williams charging at her at the buzzer to end it.
"That we could play that poorly and lose by two ...," Auriemma said. "But I'm sure Mississippi State watches it and they're thinking, 'We could play that poorly and win?' It wasn't necessarily a well-oiled machine out there by either team."
South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 67-55 in the championship game two days later.
Auriemma said he would not have his players watch the tape, not that they want to.
"There's no reason to," Collier said. "We know we lost. We know the feeling. We can learn from that. But we were there. We know what we did wrong."
"I know what happened that game. We all know what happened that game," Samuelson said. "I know what I needed to do better and I remember how I felt afterwards. I don't think I have to go back to that moment."
Williams, however, thinks it could be helpful for her.
"I haven't watched it but I probably will eventually," she said. "It would be good for me. You know what happened but maybe I can get a different perspective."
Every UConn returning player felt there was something more they could have done to change the outcome of the game. For Nurse and Williams, it was their second loss at UConn. It was the first for Collier and Samuelson after 75 wins.
The Huskies are looking forward, though they won't look back at the tape of that night in Dallas. "What happened is enough to motivate all of us," Samuelson said. "I'm ready to do what I need to do so that does not happen again. We all are."