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: .@ndwbb preparing to face Miami in @accwbb Tournament quarterfinal Friday at 2p ET (live on ACC-RSN/ESPN3/WatchESPN): htt… 37 minutes ago
- Pep rally fun at St. Pius X Catholic School! #GoIrish vine.co/v/O0YDL2PZU6T 1 hour ago
- RT @NDsidMasters: Great profile by @RalloIrishExtra of @ndwbb alum/dir of ops @NatAchon who will be honored as @accwbb Legend Saturday: htt… 4 hours ago
- Also, our @NaismithTrophy semifinalist, @jloyd32, was named All-ACC 1st team & ACC Player of the Year! #POY #AllACC http://t.co/CVVz0kmmvW 4 hours ago
- ICYMI - our freshman forward, @_Breezy_Briii, racked up a 3 @accwbb honors this week! #FOY #AllACC #AllFreshmanTeam http://t.co/NGx0bUkXwC 4 hours ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- Could Coach Brey be adding another national honor to his resume? He was recently named a Naismith CotY SEMIFINALIST. http://t.co/wUXbCfTO98 4 hours ago
- Congrats to Jerian on being named a @NaismithTrophy SEMIFINALIST. Check out his Award Site: und.com/jeriangrant/ http://t.co/yVnEYlR9o2 6 hours ago
- Did you miss our win over Louisville on Wednesday? Check out the HIGHLIGHTS: watchnd.tv/#!/videos/Z5Ym… 7 hours ago
- We are proud to dedicate tonight's win to the memory of Fr. Ted. #ThankYouFrTed http://t.co/QEL8ehGDpq 20 hours ago
- #12 ND 71 - #16 'Ville 59 FINAL http://t.co/PWFdUNQBwU 20 hours ago