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Louisville women up to No. 2 in new AP poll

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It’ll be No. 1 vs. No. 2 Thursday night in South Bend.

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The Louisville women’s basketball team is up to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, setting up a showdown between the nation’s top two teams Thursday night in South Bend.

Connecticut, previously ranked No. 1, lost on the road to Baylor last week, snapping the program’s 126-game regular season winning streak. The Huskies’ loss allowed the Cards to slide up to No. 2 and Notre Dame to jump to No. 1. That means the nation’s top two teams will meet Thursday night in a 7 p.m. game that will be carried by ESPN.

The Fighting Irish and the Cardinals are developing quite the rivalry. A season ago, Louisville smashed Notre Dame 100-67 in the regular season and then toppled them again (74-72) in the ACC tournament championship. A third meeting nearly happened in the national title game, but U of L was dealt a heartbreaking overtime loss to Mississippi State, the team Notre Dame wound up beating at the buzzer to earn Muffet McGraw her second national championship.

Thursday night should be a blast.

Here’s the first full poll of 2019:

RANK TEAM POINTS FIRST PLACE BALLOTS LAST WEEK
1 Notre Dame 715 12 30 2
2 Louisville 708 10 30 3
3 Connecticut 701 3 30 1
4 Baylor 687 5 30 8
5 Oregon 616 0 30 5
6 Stanford 609 0 30 6
7 Mississippi State 575 0 30 7
8 North Carolina State 536 0 30 9
9 Maryland 500 0 30 4
10 Oregon State 487 0 30 11
11 Texas 443 0 30 13
12 Syracuse 411 0 30 14
13 Tennessee 394 0 30 10
14 Gonzaga 318 0 30 17
15 Marquette 282 0 30 20
16 Kentucky 268 0 29 16
17 Iowa 253 0 27 19
18 Minnesota 186 0 28 12
19 Arizona State 167 0 26 22
20 Iowa State 163 0 30 25
21 South Carolina 162 0 24 23
22 Florida State 118 0 21 NR
23 Michigan State 103 0 23 15
24 California 101 0 20 18
25 Indiana 74 0 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Miami 44, Rutgers 41, Missouri 39, DePaul 23, Texas A&M 8, South Dakota 5, Central Michigan 3, Utah 2, Butler 2, Drake 2, Ohio 2, Virginia Tech 1, UCF 1.