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#3 UConn at #19 Notre Dame
It seems like every season no matter who Coach Jim Calhoun has playing for him in Connecticut, the Huskies of UConn always have a good chance of making something happen in the Big East.
This season has been tougher than most as the Big East is arguably the best conference in college basketball with Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Louisville all battling for position, but besides the one loss to G-Town the UConn Huskies are flying high with championship aspirations come tournament time.
With eight teams ranked in the Top 25 it would hard to argue that the Big East isnít the toughest conference in college basketball, but even though the competition is extremely tough for the Huskies they have played surprisingly well with only one loss to a conference opponent.
The next big game for UConn in their championship campaign is another Big East head to head match up against #19 Notre Dame. In their last two meeting, which were decided by exactly six points both times, the Fighting Irish got the better of UConn in January of last year with an overtime victory. Just about a month later in February of 2008 the Huskies put Notre Dame back in their place with six point win of their own.
This seasonís the outcome will not be so close in my opinion, an intriguing match up yes, but decided by six points not likely. The Huskies are the better team and could be the best team in the country atop the best conference in college basketball when it is all said and done. The Irish on the other hand are a talented team who probably arenít that intimidated by the #3 team in the country, but ultimately the Huskies will prevail with their edge in few categories.
UConn will be coming into this Big East
showdown with only one loss thus far
compared to Notre Dameís five losses this
season. Not only have the Irish let five
teams get the best of them this season, but
the Huskies are shooting almost 50% (49.6)
from the floor and have the better defense
of the two teams. As if the excellent
shooting percentage werenít enough the Irish
are coming off two straight losses, the
first loss was to Rick Pitinoís #9
Louisville in overtime and the second was a
lopsided loss to #8 Syracuse by 19 points.
Not only were these two conference losses
devastating to Notre Dame, but a third loss
in a row to a ranked opponent could result
in the Irish getting knocked out of the Top
With already losing three Big East match ups to ranked opponents this is a must win situation if Notre Dame wants to salvage a season in the Top 25. UConn on the other hand will be looking to improve their overall and conference records as they make a run at a Big East title and a high seed in the NCAA tournament. This should be a relatively easy victory for the Huskies if they play the way have been playing. UCONN -1 Over Notre Dame