Jan 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT
For both Notre Dame fans and Fighting Irish Digital Media, most of the past several weeks were spent focused on football and the BCS championship game.
With the season over, it’s time to turn attention from the gridiron to the hardwood.
After all, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team has now won 12 straight games, including its first two BIG EAST contests – a 93-74 victory against Seton Hall on Saturday and a 66-60 win at Cincinnati, just before the title game on Monday.
The streak is Notre Dame’s longest since the 2006-07 season, and the 14-1 start is the best in the Mike Brey era.
In each of the past five victories, the Irish have shot at least 50% from the field, marking the first time they have achieved that feat since a streak of ten straight games during the 1988-89 season. They went 8-2 during that stretch from Jan. 3 – Feb. 2, 1989.
On Saturday, the Fighting Irish host Connecticut (2 pm ET on Big East Network). The Irish defeated the Huskies in Hartford last season, but will look to avenge their Jan. 2012 home loss. That 67-53 defeat on Jan. 14 was the last game Notre Dame lost at Purcell Pavilion.
Before focusing on UConn, here’s a look back at the past two Irish victories.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- Baylor leads the Irish 22-17 after a big 3 by @MMabreyND23. Timeout with 12:58 left in the half. 14 minutes ago
- Great game so far. Baylor with a couple of threes to take a 16-11 lead with timeout at 14:10. 19 minutes ago
- Regional final begins now on ESPN! Irish lead 3-2 early vs Baylor 25 minutes ago
- RT @JohnLammer5: Too excited to watch my favorite team hoop tonight. Let's go @ndwbb 43 minutes ago
- RT @bethmowins: Stars are out in OKC. @espnW PoY Jewell Loyd and UCLA legend Ann Meyers Drysdale @ndwbb http://t.co/TThkx8IgFa 1 hour ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- Props to opponents UK, MSU & Duke on making Final 4 (3-2 record vs them). Thanks for all the great games this year! http://t.co/AL1oAAIdes 1 hour ago
- RT @MIND2424: It was truly an honor! Gonna miss these 2! Forever IRISH! 🍀 http://t.co/HYguLkaAFi 3 hours ago
- RT @Matt_Ryan32: We'll be back, trust me. #WeAreND 🍀@NDmbb 3 hours ago
- RT @DavidtheAdmiral: Incredible run by @NDmbb Congrats on a great year. Left it all out there. Bright future for Irish hoops. #GoIrish 3 hours ago
- RT @laettnerbball: @NDMikeBrey @NDmbb unbelievable season coach brey and team! I love ur team and the way u played! #keepurheadsup #mycoach… 3 hours ago
- Baseball. No. 12 Cavaliers Complete Sweep Of Irish Sunday Afternoon
- M. Tennis. No. 37 Notre Dame Overcomes Deficit To Clip No. 32 Florida State, 4-3
- W. Basketball. Elite Eight Preview: (1) #2 Notre Dame vs. (2) #5/6 Baylor
- Softball. #RV Irish Run Victory Streak To Nine With Sunday Wins Over #24 Virginia Tech
- W. Tennis. No. 36 Irish Sweep Marquette, 7-0