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UConn and South Carolina set for 1 vs 2 showdown

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(AP) -- There's been talk all season of the potential 1 vs. 2 matchup in South Carolina on Monday night. Now, it's finally here with No. 1 UConn visiting the second-ranked Gamecocks.

It will be the 56th meeting between the top two teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll with the No. 1 team holding a 34-21 advantage. The Huskies have been involved in the last five of those games, winning all of them, including an 87-62 victory over the Gamecocks last season. In that game, the Huskies were the No. 2 team.

"I just hope it's a great game," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I hope it is a great showcase, that everyone watching on television says, `Wow, this women's basketball thing is pretty cool. If these are the two best teams in the country then you know what? I want to watch the games.' "Everybody wants to win, don't get me wrong. But there are a lot of coaches on a lot of teams that don't want to play these games in February. I'm glad Dawn (Staley) does. I always do. I always think they're good."

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut22-0
2 South Carolina22-0
3 Notre Dame23-1
4 Baylor23-1
5 Maryland21-2
6 Texas21-1
7 Ohio State18-4
8 Oregon State20-3
9 Arizona State20-4
10 Florida State19-4
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame23-1
2 South Carolina22-0
3 Baylor23-1
4 Connecticut22-0
5 Stanford19-5
6 Ohio State18-4
7 Oregon State20-3
8 Arizona State20-4
9 UCLA17-6
10 Texas21-1
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