UConn's Geno Auriemma calls Notre Dame "the best team in the country"

TAMPA BAY (WNDU) - Earlier this season UConn handed Notre Dame it’s worst loss of the season. The Huskies out of South Bend with an 18 point victory and gave the Irish their first loss of the year but UConn head coach Geno Auriemma says that game has no bearing on tonight’s Final Four match up.

It’s no secret that both UConn and Notre Dame are playing their best basketball right now. The Huskies have not lost a game since January 31st while the Irish have won 13 straight.

It’s clear that a lot has changed since the December match up between these two teams.

The Huskies don’t expect to walk out of Amalie Arena with a double digit win against Notre Dame. They think it’ll be tough as UConn has the utmost respect for the Irish.

“I always tell our players whenever we win a big game in December, I say, Listen, we're going to have to get a lot better fast. I'm assuming the teams we play against, they're getting a lot better. And Notre Dame is a lot better today than they were in December, no doubt in my mind. I mean, I think they're the best team in the country. I don't think anybody else is even close. Baylor. But I don't think anybody else, I think, can match Notre Dame when they're playing their A game. They just overwhelm you, man, at every position.”

And of course today, both the Irish and the Huskies know this year’s UConn win against Notre Dame and last year’s Irish final four win over the Huskies don’t mean anything. It’s all about winning tonight and making it back to the National Championship.