STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The last time Connecticut and Louisville played it was for a national championship and the Huskies cruised an the easy 33-point rout.
With both teams having most of their players back from last April's game, Sunday's rematch will be an opportunity for fourth-ranked Louisville to see how much it's improved.
"It's a chance to see where we are as we're both 11-0 in conference," said Louisville coach Jeff Walz. "We'll see if we've improved in some areas that we're working on. We'll find other areas that we need to improve."
For Walz's squad to have success, they'll need to find a way to slow down the top-ranked Huskies and their incredible passing game. UConn leads the nation in both assists (averaging more than 22 per game) and in assist-to-turnover ratio.
"For our team, that means every time down the floor, not every time, but 90 percent of the time at least, we're getting a great shot," said UConn coach Geno Auriemma. "That is significant, because when teams play against us, they know we're not going to beat ourselves."
Nobody has beaten UConn (24-0, 11-0 American Athletic Conference) this season. The Huskies have won 30 straight games dating back to last season's title run. That's tied for the fifth longest winning streak in school history.
Their unselfishness on offense is a big reason why. The same can be said for the Cardinals (23-1, 11-0). They ranked 16th in the nation in assists, at just under 18 per game.
"I think it has to do a lot with how many offensive threats we have on this team," said Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who had seven assists in the Huskies' 102-41 rout of SMU on Tuesday night. "Honestly, you can pass to anybody and get an assist.