Mar 22, 2013, 4:26 PM EST
By the time Notre Dame and Iowa State tip off tonight, the most exciting two days in college basketball will be almost over. The 9:45 pm matchup between the #7 seed Fighting Irish and #10 seed Cyclones is scheduled to be the 30th of 32 second round games, and will close out a full day of hoops at the University of Dayton Arena for CBS announcers Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson.
This morning, the Irish returned to the site of tonight’s tilt, as well as the Ed Zink Fieldhouse at Beavercreek High School, for a couple of final shootarounds.
Thus far, two of the top five seeds in the West Region (#3 New Mexico and #5 Wisconsin) have already fallen, with a third, #4 Kansas State trailing LaSalle by 18 at halftime.
The bracket is certainly opening up for a team to make an unexpected run deep into the tournament, and Notre Dame will look to begin that journey with a win tonight. Among many other motives, today is also head coach Mike Brey‘s birthday, and I’m sure he would like nothing more than a few more days in Dayton.
For more on the game, check out the notes on UND.com, as well as our “Everything You Need To Know About Iowa State” blog from earlier in the week.
And during a commercial break for one of the many great games you might currently be watching, here’s a one-minute recap of this morning’s practices from Fighting Irish Digital Media.
About In The Paint
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: 4:20 | May 2, 2013
- .@IrishCoachIvey shoots! Shot for a trip for a little girl..just missed wide right. #fun #timeToGetready4BB http://t.co/gWO6PM06Wo 6 hours ago
- .@alouise44 getting her famous on at @nd_hockey @IrishCoachIvey up next shooting the puck #notkidding http://t.co/vpFEGG7Tsa 7 hours ago
- Throwing out shirts 2nite at @nd_hockey vs UMass. great crowd not enough lime ;) ND up 3-1 #ndwbb #NDfamily http://t.co/WRA0fqZkYx 7 hours ago
- RT @jloyd32: Let's gooooooo!!' http://t.co/hYVPY4rIMp 9 hours ago
- Support the #NDFamily Saturday- @ndwbb v. UCLA at NOON! @ndmbb at 4pm, @NDMenSoccer at 7pm (free w/ bball tix stub)!@ndhockey at 6:35pm!🍀🍀🍀 13 hours ago
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
- .@NDMikeBrey set to take on a familiar friend as the Delaware Blue Hens come to town: tinyurl.com/k3d727x 11 hours ago
- IRISH ALUMNI - Monty Williams - @Hornets Head Coach - #Legacy #LifeAfterCollege #Irish #NotreDame #Hoops instagram.com/p/hl35peQia_/ 13 hours ago
- RT @FightingIrish: Still time to tune in to the @NDMikeBrey Radio Show bit.ly/1d0r1bw instagram.com/p/hj3s1TyKnE/ 1 day ago
- "He handles his business like a Junior or a Senior"- @NDMikeBrey on Steve Vasturia @steph_en_ #StudentAthleteIrish 1 day ago
- RT @FightingIrish: .@NDMikeBrey and @NDJackNolan with special Radio Show guest Steve Vasturia! instagram.com/p/hj2ZHZyKlJ/ 1 day ago