The rivalry continues for UConn and Notre Dame
UConn vs. Notre Dame is one of the most exciting NCAA women’s basketball rivalries to date.
The Huskies announced the extension of the series and have scheduled four future games against the Fighting Irish, which will take place through the 2023-2024 season.
In 2020-21 and 2022-23, UConn is locked in to travel to South Bend Indiana to go up against Notre Dame in Irish territory. While in 2021-22 and 2023-24, Notre Dame will hit the road to Storrs, Connecticut.
Before the current contract is up the Huskies final game against the Fighting Irish will be played on December 8, 2019 in Gampel Pavilion, and as for another NCAA tournament showdown, we will have to wait and see how the upcoming season unfolds.
Before Notre Dame departed from the Big East in 2013 to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, it was traditional to see these teams go head to head at a minimum of three times in a single season. The two teams have played against one another 50 times with UConn leading the all-time series 37-13.
With Notre Dame in the ACC and UConn headed back to the Big East Conference, it is always a big “maybe” when it comes to knowing if the two programs will get to play against one another more than once in a season.
The chances of the two teams meeting up in the tournament are high, or have at least played out that way the last 3 out of 5 years. In fact, Notre Dame’s 81-76 Final Four win over the Huskies this past season marked the second consecutive Final Four matchup between the Huskies and Fighting Irish.
It also marked the second year in a row that Muffet McGraw’s team was able to have the last laugh and advance to the NCAA Championship game.
But in the instance that a NCAA tournament matchup does not happen, well there is truly only one set in stone time during the regular season that fans can plan on watching the rivalry.
Despite not knowing if the two teams will get to go at it more than the scheduled once a year matchup, what is refreshing to know is that the rivalry is very much still alive.
Love our 24/7 women’s basketball coverage? Join our Patreon now and support this work, while getting extra goodies and subscriber-only content for yourself.