Following Flynt - Irish Aim for Win #20

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In 25+ seasons with Notre Dame, head coach Muffett McGraw has won more than 73% of her games. So it should not come as a surprise that there aren't too many teams who have had the Irish's number.

One of these rare exceptions comes in tonight's opponent, the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Led by Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, Tennessee has won eight national titles and until last season, held a 20-0 series advantage against Notre Dame.

On Mar. 28, 2011, the Lady Vols and Fighting Irish met in the Dayton Region championship game and Coach McGraw's team finally broke through with its first win over Tennessee, 73-59. Skylar Diggins scored 24 points, Natalie Novosel added 17 and Notre Dame celebrated its first trip to the Final Four since 2001.

This season, the second-ranked Irish (19-1) have not lost since Nov. 20, when they fell 94-81 at Baylor, a team currently unbeaten and #1 in the country. During its impressive 16-game winning streak, Notre Dame has defeated five ranked opponents - Duke, Purdue, Kentucky, Connecticut and Georgetown.

In less than seven hours, Notre Dame puts that winning streak on the line and looks for its second consecutive win against Tennessee in a sold-out, nationally televised matchup at Purcell Pavilion. The game begins at 7 pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Catch the radio call on UND.com or locally on Pulse FM (96.9/92.1) and follow the live blog right here at Irish UNDerground. Though the calendar says Monday, tonight should be an exciting conclusion to a wild sports weekend in South Bend.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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