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Notre Dame and Louisville to clash with No. 1 ranking on the line

For the second time this season, Notre Dame will host a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game as the top-ranked team in the country: Louisville visits Purcell Pavilion on Thursday (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

Did Notre Dame learn from its 89-71 loss to then-No. 2 UConn on Dec. 2? Will last season's two losses to Louisville successfully serve as fuel for the Irish?

"If it gives them motivation, I'm all for it," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said of her players. "This is an important game with the conference, and if they come in with a chip on their shoulder, I'm fine with that.