- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw wants the No. 1-seeded Fighting Irish focused on first-round opponent Robert Morris, yet couldn’t resist taking a shot at No. 1 Connecticut moments after the NCAA brackets were announced.

McGraw said the Irish wanted to play UConn this season, but the Huskies wouldn’t schedule them. She then added: “We’ve gotten pretty good at beating them the last couple of years.”

The undefeated Irish have beaten the Huskies in seven of their last nine meetings, but one of those losses was in the NCAA semifinals last year. The Irish have made the Final Four the past three seasons, advancing to the championship game in 2011 and 2012. Notre Dame swept through the Atlantic Coast conference in its first year in the league, winning the regular season title and the conference tournament, but finished the season ranked No. 2 behind UConn.

The Irish have been repeatedly referred to as the other undefeated team, and McGraw hopes the Irish will use it as motivation.

“I like it because we can get a chip on our shoulder and head into the tournament with a bit of chip,” she said.

Irish players cheered when McGraw spoke of how the Irish have gotten good at beating the Huskies.

“Coach is the most competitive of us all, so to have her say something like that isn’t too surprising,” Kayla McBride said.

Baylor is the No. 2 seed, Kentucky is the three seed and Purdue the four in the Notre Dame Regional.