Mar 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT
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
- April showers have brought May flowers here at #NotreDame. No denying the beauty of this campus! https://t.co/5TdnjAc3GJ 11 hours ago
- Looking Good! Excited to see former @ndwbb great @kaymac_2123 featured on the @SAStars season ticket card for '16! https://t.co/XU3ppj82tk 2 days ago
- RT @IndyStarSports: Female Athlete of the Year at the #INSportsAwards goes to recently named Miss Basketball --@JackieYoung3. https://t.co/… 3 days ago
- 🏀 @ndwbb will welcome the reigning Indiana Miss Basketball to campus for 2nd year in a row & 3rd time in 8 yrs! https://t.co/BWMmV2WWat 3 days ago
- Happy Birthday Matt McGraw! Thanks for all your do to support @MuffetMcGraw and @ndwbb! #greensweater https://t.co/ZcaIMtYOz7 3 days ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- RT @NDMikeBrey: VJ did a great job gathering feedback from NBA. I'm thrilled he will return to lead us next season! #BeachIsBack https://… 1 hour ago
- RT @VjBeachem: Thankful for the opportunity to experience the NBA Draft process and invites to workout for teams but now I'm ready to lead… 1 hour ago
- Pat Connaughton & the @TrailBlazers begin Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs vs the Golden State Warriors Sunday. #NDinNBA https://t.co/QAdhiiHHal 5 hours ago
- Cousy Award finalist Demetrius Jackson invited to NBA Draft Combine. 🍀Resume 🏀Captain 🏀Winner 🏀15.8ppg #NDinNBA https://t.co/o5jqgJVoIa 1 day ago
- When you wake up & see the @TrailBlazers & @PlanetPat5 are moving onto the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs. #NDinNBA https://t.co/K95f70aucg 1 day ago
- Softball. #19/18 Irish Split Strikeout Cancer Series With #RV Louisville
- Baseball. Irish Fall In Sunday Doubleheader To Ohio
- M. Lacrosse. Sunday Brunch: Irish Are Right There—They Need to Make One More Play
- Track. Irish Relays In Fine Form at Drake Relay Meet
- Football. Sheldon Day Drafted on Day Three of 2016 NFL Draft