Conference: Big East Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish started off as strong as you could, winning 14 of their first 15 games to begin the season. Then Big East Conference play got underway and the Irish came back down to Earth a little bit. Notre Dame also had one of the most epic conference games of the season, as they went to five overtimes in a win against the Louisville Cardinals. Otherwise known as the, “Dick Vitale got Garrick Sherman coed love” game.
It was also the last season that the Irish will compete in the Big East. They will join a slew of more than half of the real Big East as they all live for greener pastures and different leagues.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jerian Grant (13.4 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Jack Cooley (10.4 rpg)
Leading Passer: Eric Atkins (5.8 apg)
Bad Losses: Saint Joseph’s, St. John’s
Good Wins: Louisville, Pittsburgh, Marquette
Jack Cooley became Notre Dame’s double-double monster. All season long, Cooley would do his best poor-man’s Kevin Love with a worse jumper impersonation. Although, Cooley is a really good player and being compared to Love isn’t a knock, it is actually a lazy white on white player comparison.
While filling out your brackets, just try to focus on whoever Notre Dame is matched-up against. The Irish are at their best when the game is played right around the 70 or less points per team mark. While they do have the skill to put up more than that, their ability at putting the ball in basket can sometimes disappear. Other than that, the Irish are as solid as a team in the NCAA Tournament.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are dancing!
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