SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It took longer than usual for many fans to reach Notre Dame's Purcel Pavilion on Saturday, their progress slowed by more than a foot of snow that fell on the area overnight and through the morning. Inside, it took more minutes than has been the norm in recent seasons for Connecticut to put away its Big East rival. March and April will ensure the former forecast becomes a more and more remote possibility. The latter condition might linger through spring.