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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014

Connecticut remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for another week.

The Huskies have won 39 straight games dating to last season's NCAA tournament run, which ended with the school's eighth championship.

UConn will try and wrap up the inaugural American Athletic Conference title Monday night when it faces No. 3 Louisville for the second time in seven days. The Huskies beat the Cardinals by 20 last Monday night in Louisville.

Here are five things to know about this week's poll:

UNBEATEN: Notre Dame became the 13th team to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated. The Irish finished the regular season beating Duke in the ACC tournament championship. UConn has a chance to join them with a victory over Louisville.

Only once has two teams entered the NCAAs unbeaten in the same season. In 1998 Tennessee and Liberty both hadn't lost and were matched up in the first round. The Lady Vols cruised to an easy victory in that game.

The other unbeatens were Texas, Louisiana Tech, Vermont (twice), Baylor and Connecticut five times.

While a lot of people are looking ahead to the possibility of Notre Dame and UConn meeting for the national championship in a matchup of unbeatens, don't count Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw among them. She promised that there's no way her team will look too far ahead.

"I don't think they'll put us against each other in the first round," McGraw deadpanned, "so I think we'll be pretty focused on our opponent — whoever that turns out to be."

THE WAY IT USED TO BE: The Big East of old is laying claim to conference championships across the country. West Virginia earned a share of the Big 12 regular season title and Notre Dame won the ACC championship. Connecticut's a victory away from the AAC championship.

Throw in DePaul winning the new Big East and that's a lot of titles.

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