Jan 25, 2013, 7:35 PM EST
After arriving in Tampa last night, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team went to work on Friday afternoon in preparation for tomorrow’s BIG EAST conference game against South Florida (noon ET on Big East Network – also available on ESPN3, as well as ABC57 in the South Bend area).
As is tradition when on the road, team chaplain Father Pete McCormick said Mass at the team hotel. The Irish grabbed food and broke down the scouting report and some game film, before heading to the USF campus for a shootaround at the recently renovated Sun Dome.
Personally, it didn’t take long to be impressed by the 10,000+ seat venue, which underwent a $35.6 million renovation that was completed in 2012. I guess we’ll have to see tomorrow during the game, but the seats are steep and close to the court. It just seems like one of those arenas that gets loud.
The team practiced for about 75 minutes before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Getting away from the snow and cold for a couple days, many of the players spent the early afternoon enjoying the sunshine, with a few even hopping on jetskis for a little while.
The Irish (15-4 overall, 3-3 BIG EAST) look to bounce back from Monday’s loss versus Georgetown and pick up an important conference road win against the Bulls (10-8, 1-5).
If you can’t watch it, follow along on Twitter (@ndmbb) or listen live on UND.com. For now, here are a few photos, as well as a quick video featuring Irish assistant coach Martin Ingelsby previewing the game with Fighting Irish Digital Media’s Jack Nolan.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- RT @NDIrishEyes: It was great to see student-athletes with their Fight For Life teammates at yesterday's @ndwbb game! http://t.co/MP5dSiGwC2 6 hours ago
- Because @NotreDame is the greatest place on earth. Happy 172nd Birthday from Women's Basketball! #NDFamily #NDNation http://t.co/IXJfKbL31L 10 hours ago
- Good luck to @NDmbb as they take on Grambling State tonight at 7pm! If you can't make it, the game will also be on @ESPN3. #GoIrish 10 hours ago
- Be sure to follow us on Instagram too! Search "ndwbb" for picture and video updates. #stayconnected #NDWBB 12 hours ago
- RT @NotreDame: 172 years ago, Fr. Sorin took posession of the land that became ND. Thank you, Fr. Sorin for the dream & vision! http://t.co… 14 hours ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- Get some Turkey on Thursday and then come to Purcell Pavilion Saturday at 1pm (NEW TIME) as we play Chicago St. TIX: UND.com/BuyTickets 6 hours ago
- INFOGRAPHIC: DJ (@D_Jay24) leads us in scoring while we once again shoot over 60% from the floor. #Together http://t.co/6wIUmN3Vx1 6 hours ago
- ND 81 - GSU 54 FINAL ND improves to 5-1 with win - Next game on Saturday vs. Chicago State. Game Stats: http://t.co/RMvP42cZ61 6 hours ago
- QUICK HIGHLIGHTS ND 81 - GSU 54 FINAL #Together instagram.com/p/v4qL7wwiYP/ 6 hours ago
- EK (@E_Money_Katenda) with a career-high after hitting a little jumper off of the offensive rebound. ND 79 - GSU 54 1:00 2H 6 hours ago
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