"We really haven't talked, I bet hardly at all, about this national championship or what number it is or any of that," Auriemma said.
Despite being the 13th women's team to go unbeaten during the regular season, the Irish have felt almost unappreciated, with most of the talk centered on the Huskies. Coach Muffet McGraw doesn't seem to mind.
"I like it because we can get a chip on our shoulder and head into the tournament with a bit of chip," she said.
Even though UConn and Notre Dame didn't play this season, the two teams know plenty about each other, having met 12 times over the previous three seasons. Notre Dame isn't intimidated by Connecticut; the Irish have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Huskies.
"We've gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years," McGraw said.
Before the potential meeting of unbeatens, the two might have to go through SEC powers Tennessee and South Carolina, who also earned No. 1 seeds. The Huskies, Lady Vols and Gamecocks all could have to play on an opponent's home court, with a trip to Nashville on the line. Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville and Nebraska, which are all hosting regionals, were a combined 52-3 at home this season.