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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.

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