Mar 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EST
And so the field of 68 is set.
The Notre Dame men’s basketball team drew the #7 seed in the West Region, and will be headed to nearby Dayton, Ohio to meet #10 seed Iowa State on Friday (tip-off time approximately 9:45 pm ET).
After finishing the regular season and BIG EAST tournament with a 25-9 record, the Irish were essentially a look for an at-large selection. Still, they had to wait around for nearly an hour on Sunday night, as the West Region was the final brackets to be unveiled.
Personally, this draw came as a bit of a surprise. I thought the Irish had done enough to earn a #6 seed, with some “bracketologists” even projecting them as a #5. What’s even more surprising to me is that Marquette checked in as a #3 seed, even after Notre Dame knocked the Golden Eagles out during their first BIG EAST tournament game. It really makes you wonder if that quarterfinal win had any effect on seeding.
Should the Irish beat the Cyclones on Friday, they would face the winner of #2 Ohio State vs. #15 Iona, where you would expect a very scarlet and gray crowd, just over an hour from the Buckeyes’ campus in Columbus.
We’ll have more coming in the days leading up to the beginning of the tournament, for now, here’s some immediate reaction from head coach Mike Brey, as well as players Jack Cooley, Eric Atkins, Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- Congrats Erin and Jackie! Our 2019 @ndwbb class packs alot of punch! #Reloading twitter.com/NaismithTrophy… 11 hours ago
- Why are these people watching the Mabrey sisters on the bball court this afternoon? @GWR, we'll be in touch soon 🏅 https://t.co/soFFsYomvj 13 hours ago
- Lindsay Allen is in the running for the #LiebermanAward, which honors the nation's best PG. This is why 🏀 🍀 🏀 https://t.co/xNo2wptIES 16 hours ago
- Did you know? Trena Keys was 1st African American to receive a @ndwbb scholarship in 82-83. #BlackHistoryMonth https://t.co/7by98oz9pU 18 hours ago
- We would take you in a 💚beat! twitter.com/kaymac_2123/st… 1 day ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- Good luck to All-American @JerianGrant, Kurt Rambis & the @NYKnicks as they usher in a new era (8pm vs The Wizards) https://t.co/b39KwoIw0a 9 hours ago
- Take NO days off. Just because we have the day off, it doesn't mean we stop working to improve. #NotDoneYet https://t.co/1UQlzAYtkk 10 hours ago
- RT @tnoieNDI: New NDI hoops feature: Irish rewind....This happened 14 years ago today. A look back: tinyurl.com/huamwnf https://t.co/VT… 11 hours ago
- TODAY IN HISTORY: 4OT's vs G'town ND 116 | G'town 111 @Matt13Carroll @BigSwan42 @jordancornette @IndianaJ0NESY https://t.co/HtlicnAtjQ 14 hours ago
- TODAY IN HISTORY: THE 5OT GAME 🏀@CollegeGameday ⏰Longest Regular Season Game in BIG EAST History 🍀104-101 ND win amp.twimg.com/v/90943d73-f42… 16 hours ago
- W. Lacrosse. Fortunato Nets Weekly ACC Honor
- M. Golf. Men's Golf Posts Runner-Up Finish at Yestingsmeier Match Play
- M. Basketball. AJ Meyer: He's Notre Dame Basketball's Secret Weapon
- M. Basketball. Irish Continue Road Dawg Attitude Beating Clemson On Road, 89-83
- M. Golf. Men’s Golf Posts Pair of Thrilling Wins at Yestingsmeier Match Play