Mar 9, 2013, 10:58 AM EST
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.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- RT @NDsidMasters: Notre Dame is Hoop City USA this year .. Both @ndwbb and @ndmbb are 20-2 at same time for first time in school history #D… 8 hours ago
- RT @PeteByrneWSBT: @ndwbb & @NDmbb are both 20-2 at the same time. First time EVER that has happened. 9 hours ago
- RT @ruthriley00: @K_Westbeld33 follows the lead of @mycoool_ by going for a career night on her Birthday! @ndwbb beat Virginia Tech #Ball… 9 hours ago
- The final infographic! Notre Dame defeats Virginia Tech 74-50. @K_Westbeld33 led the Irish with 17 points. http://t.co/9YYFmuKTIQ 9 hours ago
- And that's game! Irish win 74-50 🍀🏀 10 hours ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- DID YOU KNOW: Two of Jerian's (@ThatGrant22) plays from our 77-73 win over #4 Duke made @ESPN's #SCTop10. WATCH 'EM: watchnd.tv/#!/videos/N4aW… 12 hours ago
- Is Jerian a National Player of the Year candidate? Coach K's comments may help the cause: http://t.co/PbGOI532Yk 13 hours ago
- Ever wonder how far away from the hoop Jerian was when he buried the #9 play on the #SCTop10? TAKE A LOOK: http://t.co/uBDDvpTkhX 17 hours ago
- We had some surprise visitors to the Duke game - Coach Brey's son, Kyle, brought his boss, @YSUsports FB HC Bo Pelini http://t.co/ZKnrAKcZsP 18 hours ago
- RT @ThatGrant22: Was jus makin sure. You guys were Big time! RT @LepLegion : We were not storming the court regardless. Expected to win. #W… 20 hours ago
- W. Basketball. Inside The Game: #4 Notre Dame 74, Virginia Tech 50
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- W. Basketball. #4 Notre Dame Puts Away Virginia Tech, 74-50
- W. Swimming. Yearly Shamrock Invitational Set For This Weekend
- M. Tennis. No. 14 Notre Dame Hosts No. 30 Northwestern