Notre Dame-UConn: 10 fast facts
Need a crash course before the epic collision of Connecticut and Notre Dame? Here are 10 fast facts for Tuesday night's NCAA championship game (8:30 ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) between the two undefeated powerhouses.
1. This is the first time in NCAA Division I basketball history -- men or women -- that two undefeated teams will meet in the championship game. Connecticut is 39-0, and Notre Dame is 37-0.
2. UConn is 8-0 in NCAA title games; Notre Dame is 1-2.
3. The Huskies are looking to complete their fifth undefeated season in program history. The combined total of undefeated seasons from all other Division I women’s basketball programs is three.
4. UConn is tied with Tennessee for the most women's basketball national championships with eight. With a win Tuesday night, the Huskies would break the record and coach Geno Auriemma would pass former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt for most titles won by a women’s basketball coach.
5. Notre Dame has advanced to the championship game three out of the past four seasons, but the Fighting Irish haven’t won a title since 2001.
6. The Huskies have won their first five games of the tournament by a combined 135 points. Their closest game was a 69-54 win over Texas A&M. The Irish have outscored their first five tournament opponents by a combined 130 points, with a pair of 17-point victories being their toughest tests.
7. Both UConn and Notre Dame’s last losses have come at the hands of the other. UConn last lost in the 2013 Big East championship game, falling 61-59 to Notre Dame. Notre Dame last lost in the 2013 NCAA tournament semifinals, falling 83-65 to UConn.
8. The Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings against the Huskies over the past seven seasons. Baylor is the only other school with multiple wins (2) against UConn in that time span.
9. UConn looks to become the first team to win back-to-back national championships since UConn did it in 2009 and 2010. The Huskies also won three straight titles from 2002 to 2004.
10. Both teams have three Associated Press All-Americans on their rosters -- Breanna Stewart, Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley for UConn and Kayla McBride, Jewell Loyd and Natalie Achonwa (injured) for Notre Dame. Stewart and McBride are the only two to make the first team.