Jan 25, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT
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
- #TBT to 1996 as @ndwbb appeared in its first of 20 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. #IrishExcellence http://t.co/jqi9LO5CwQ 3 hours ago
- RT @NBA: The girls are putting in work at #BWBAfrica, too.. lead by @ruthriley00 & @ebonyhoffman16! http://t.co/rvRl0yfFg3 9 hours ago
- RT @WNBA: Kayla McBride had 25 pts to propel @SAStars to a 102-85 win over @AtlantaDream. Angel McCoughtry @angel_35 had 14 for ATL. 20 hours ago
- Notre Dame ranks as top University in Midwest according to @Forbes forbes.com/sites/sergeikl… #WeareND http://t.co/Ntq7nanW5q 1 day ago
- Spending last day of July recruiting @UnderArmour Cup in GA. $10 admission for coaches & great talent make for a first class event! 1 day ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- We can now officially say this ... These 2 @NotreDame graduates have signed guaranteed deals in the @NBA. #NDinNBA http://t.co/XlGEGBZg2X 4 hours ago
- RT @EAtkins0: Blessed to have signed my second contract! On my way to Hungary this season http://t.co/4z2OmZgiqH 5 hours ago
- PC wasn't on NBA radar until he: 🏆Captained ACC Champs 📏Hopped 44" at Combine 🏀Led team in Reb. @ 6'5" #PCFacts twitter.com/trailblazers/s… 2 days ago
- We couldn't agree more, @GoodmanESPN. http://t.co/IMMhZMWYbq 2 days ago
- Additionally, PC ... ⚾️struck out the 2015 #1 Overall NFL Draft Pick 🏀dunked on the 2014 #2 Overall NBA Draft Pick twitter.com/trailblazers/s… 3 days ago