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Day Two in Dayton: Irish Prep For Cyclones

Mar 21, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT


After arriving in Dayton on Wednesday evening, the #7 seed Notre Dame men’s basketball team jumped into practice for Iowa State on Thursday.

Following breakfast at the hotel, the Irish made a short trip to nearby Beavercreek High School, where a couple of Notre Dame alums made them feel right at home. Sara Anderson, and her husband Jon, are 2007 graduates who are both teachers at the school.

When Sara found out the Irish would be practicing at Beavercreek on Wednesday, she took the Notre Dame flags from her classroom down to the gym, and left a sign that read “Welcome to BHS. Go Irish, Beat Cyclones!”

After seeing the sign, we tracked down Sara, who was teaching English. Her class had just finished presentations for the day, so she and the students were able to swing by to watch a few minutes of the Irish’s practice.

Last week, the Andersons were able to get their hands on tickets to Friday’s games in Dayton. They had been crossing their fingers during Selection Sunday, hoping Notre Dame would end up in that part of the bracket. It all worked out, but that was just the beginning.

They were both pretty excited when they found out their Irish would be spending some time at the school this week, but never thought they would have a chance to meet head coach Mike Brey.

After finishing up at Beavercreek, the team headed back to the hotel for lunch, before the early evening open practice and media session at the University of Dayton Arena.

With all eight teams practicing at the arena today, each had about 40 minutes on the court. While Ohio State practiced, Coach Brey, Eric Atkins, Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant met with the media.

FIDM also caught up with Coach Brey and many of the players individually in the locker room.

Before practice began, Grant, Atkins, Cooley and Pat Connaughton took part in a photo shoot for CBS’s broadcast. Check out some of the @ndmbb Twitter pictures from throughout the day below.

The Irish will have two more shootarounds tomorrow morning, before taking on #10 seed Iowa State at approximately 9:45 pm ET on CBS. Check out our blog post from earlier in the week to learn more about the Cyclones.

  1. s - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Thanks to all of you for making Mr. A and I the coolest teachers in school today. As always, we are proud to be part of the ND family. Thanks again for everything! –Sara

    • Josh Flynt ('11) - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Sarah – Thanks for checking out the blog. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of the team in thanking you and Jon and the rest of the school for the great welcome this afternoon. That was awesome. Enjoy the game tomorrow night!


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