Mar 9, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT
So this is it. No matter where Notre Dame finds itself playing during the 2013-14 campaign, today marks the final day of regular season play in the BIG EAST as we’ve known it.
Maybe it’s appropriate that Pink played a concert at the KFC Yum! Center last night – raising a glass to send off one of the premier conferences in college basketball history.
Fittingly, this Saturday’s games include a pair of marquee rivalries – Syracuse travels to Georgetown, and the #24 Irish (23-7, 11-6) battle #8 Louisville (25-5, 13-4).
The Cardinals only joined the BIG EAST in 2005, but since then, the matchup has produced some absolute classics, with five of the past six games being decided in overtime – most notably the 5-OT epic, one month ago today at Purcell Pavilion.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has called it arguably the biggest home game in his 12-year tenure at the school, and there’s a red-out planned in the 22,000-seat arena.
Position in next week’s BIG EAST tournament is on the line for Notre Dame, as a win and a Syracuse loss would clinch a double-bye for the third straight season.
It all tips off at 4 pm ET – and if the past is any indication, CBS should plan on extending its coverage past the typical two-hour time frame.
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Women’s Basketball on YouTube
Notre Dame Women's Basketball Defeat French All-Stars in Madrid
Length: 1:54 | August 12, 2013
Kayla McBride Talks About The 75-57 Win - Women's Basketball
Length: 1:14 | August 12, 2013
Notre Dame Women's Basketball Defeat French All-Stars in Barcelona
Length: 1:28 | August 12, 2013
Skylar Diggins Look Back - Notre Dame Women's Basketball
Length: 4:19 | May 2, 2013
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Men’s Basketball on YouTube
Meet The Freshmen, Demetrius Jackson - Notre Dame Men's Basketball
Length: 1:08 | August 1, 2013
Meet The Freshmen, V.J. Beachem - Notre Dame Men's Basketball
Length: 1:13 | July 30, 2013
Meet The Freshmen, Steve Vasturia - Notre Dame Men's Basketball
Length: 1:06 | July 25, 2013
Meet The Freshmen, Austin Torres - Notre Dame Men's Basketball
Length: 1:13 | July 23, 2013
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