Unlike the top four seeds in this tourney, Notre Dame will only get one bye, but will have to play the winner of the Rutgers/DePaul game. Assuming that the Fighting Irish beat the winner of that game, since they did beat both of them this season, Notre Dame will have to play the Marquette Golden Eagles in the very next game.
These two teams met at the beginning of March, with Marquette winning at home. Keep in mind, Jack Cooley had a whopping zero points and one rebound in that game. Don’t expect that in the rematch between these two teams.
If Jack Cooley can be dominant like we all know he is capable of, this is going to be a very tough team to stop. However, if Notre Dame has a chance, it will likely have to beat Marquette and Louisville just to reach the championship, which is not an easy feat in back-to-back games. The Golden Eagles and the Cardinals were apart of a three-way tie with Georgetown for the regular season conference title.
The Fighting Irish may be safely in the dance–rocking those famous tournament slippers–but they will be just as motivated as anyone so they can earn a higher seed in the NCAA tournament.