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Saturday, November 21, 2009
UConn-Notre Dame warmups

By Brian Bennett

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Quite a difference between the scene today and the last game I covered here, against USC.

On that day, fans were in their seats and making all kinds of noise well before kickoff. Now, we're less than 30 minutes before the game and the place is nearly 40 percent empty.

The excitement level is different for the Irish, but for UConn, this is a huge moment. People can say what they want about Notre Dame, but playing here is still special, and the Huskies had some pep in their step during warmups. It will be up to Notre Dame to match that intensity after a distraction-filled couple of weeks.