HARTFORD, Conn. -- A trophy waits for the winner of Tuesday's Big East championship game between Notre Dame and Connecticut (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), an encounter that likely marks the final time the teams will play for conference hardware.
But gleaming statuary is only part of what's at stake when the rivalry renews for the 14th time in the past four seasons. There is more on the line than an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Notre Dame has a national championship ...
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