— If you haven't noticed by now, these are strange times in the Big East Conference. Institutions are entering and exiting faster than weather patterns across the national map.
Here is a startling example of how topsy-turvy things have become: Look at this morning's women's basketball standings.
Seton Hall (1-0) is ahead of UConn (0-1) in the conference standings.
Take a picture for posterity. You may not see it again for quite some time, especially now that Lady Pirates coach Anne Donovan is coming to Connecticut to coach in the WNBA.
However, one day of it is likely enough for UConn. And "one" is the theme after the Huskies lost their Big East opener Saturday to Notre Dame.
UConn lost by one point, 73-72. It lost because Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' last-chance three from the right corner with six seconds to play didn't drop.
They lost one point when a three made by Bria Hartley at the end of the first half was changed to a two. They were outrebounded by one.
They had one more personal foul than Notre Dame. The Irish made one more three and had one more offensive rebound.
"We were mirror images of each other," Auriemma said.
Who knows how one switch in any of those stats, in any one sequence, could have changed the game.
But now, UConn's one-week reign as the nation's consensus No. 1 team is over.
"We still have a lot of practices and a lot of games left," Stefanie Dolson said. "We are going to get better from here."
Perhaps the most telling comment in the rush of the postgame was offered by Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame's All-American senior guard.
She said that her team, which has now won five of the last six games against UConn, was not afraid of the UConn jersey, one of the major advantages the Huskies have enjoyed over their opponents during the championship era.
"They did a great job of just being tough," Dolson said of the Irish. "They were physical down low. Their guards were pressuring our guards. They just played very good defense, took charges when they needed to. I don't know what else to say."
Miami is the last team to beat Connecticut five times in a six-game stretch (1992-94).
Should this trend continue, UConn's task down the stretch may be tougher than anyone has anticipated. It plays Notre Dame on March 4 in South Bend to end the regular season.
And if the tradition continues, the teams will play again March 12 in Hartford for the Big East tournament title. That would be their 14th meeting since the start of the 2010-11 season.
"I was just really pleased with our grit, our determination," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. "We came out and played pretty well in the first half. Then, they made a couple of runs, and I thought we answered them. We kind of held our own. We went toe-to-toe with them. We took their best shot a couple of times. They made a little bit of a run on occasion, and we were able to come back."