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“Unbelievable,” Irish coach Mike Brey said. “I’m really proud of my team because many times we were down in the overtimes and kept fighting back. Everybody was part of it tonight. It’s one of those magical nights.”

It was the longest regular-season game in the history of the Big East. The previous record was a four-overtime game that happened 11 years ago to the day and also involved Notre Dame. The Irish beat Georgetown 116-11 in 4 OTs on Feb. 9, 2002.

It also marked the sixth time in the last eight meetings that a game between the Irish and the Cardinals went into overtime.

“It’s always overtime,” said Chane Behanan, who led Louisville with a career-high 30 points and 15 rebounds. “The strongest will survive. They were a great team tonight and made a lot of big shots.”

The current string of No. 1 swapping is the longest since 1994, when Arkansas, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA and Duke alternated at the top seven straight weeks _ the longest streak since Saint Louis debuted as No. 1 in the initial AP poll.

If the poll holds, the Blue Devils are poised to return to the top spot _ whether they like it or not.

“It’s crazy to watch, but it’s very entertaining,” Duke guard Seth Curry said. “We’ve been the No. 1 team a few times this season. It’s not something we’re shooting for; we’re just trying to win games.”

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AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell in Minneapolis and Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this report.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap