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.
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Women’s Basketball on YouTube
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Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- FINAL INFOGRAPHIC: Pitt 76 - #8 ND 72 http://t.co/T7UtBASIIN 1 hour ago
- We. Are. Tied. An 8-0 run now has us tied with Pitt at 71 with 31.2 seconds remaining. And Jerian has one more free throw remaining. 2 hours ago
- HELLO JERIAN GRANT! IT'S. DOWN. TO. ONE. Pitt 71 - ND 70 1:05 2nd Half 2 hours ago
- SEE THE THREE. BE THE THREE. VJ (@VB3ND) hits his 2nd three of the game to give us a two point lead. ND 58 - Pitt 56 10:00 2nd Half 2 hours ago
- With that bucket along the baseline by DJ (@D_Jay24), 3 of our guys are in double-figures & all who have played have scored ND 52 - Pitt 52 2 hours ago
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- Track. Giesting Breaks Another School Record on Day 1 In Arkansas
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- W. Swimming. Irish Women Lower Two Pool Records To Highlight Day One
- M. Swimming. Irish Put In Strong Showing on First Day of Shamrock Invite