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  1. Countdown to the Madness: Bracketology, Big Games, and Bold Predictions

    Feb 26, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    The bracketology has begun for the NCAA women’s basketball national tournament, and nearly everything is in order. One confusion, however, results from complicated NCAA rules that dictate where in the country the first and second round games will be played (Source: Charlie Creme of ESPN). Baylor, Connecticut, and Stanford will each play their first two…

  2. Natalie Novosel Spends a Weekend at Notre Dame

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Former Notre Dame guard Natalie Novosel returned to campus earlier this month, where she was able to see and catch up with all of her old teammates and friends. “I’m excited that I got to come back up here and see everyone. I know that tournament time is about to start for them, and I…

  3. Diggins’ Historic Day Leads Irish Past Blue Demons

    Feb 25, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

    Less than a year after recording the program’s first triple-double since 1990, Skylar Diggins tallied the second of her career in Notre Dame’s 84-56 win at DePaul. With her 22-point, 10-rebound, and 11-assist performance against Maryland in last season’s NCAA Regional Final, Diggins joined Mary Gavin and Sara Liebscher as the third Notre Dame player…

  4. Irish Dominate Bearcats to Record 10th BIG EAST Victory

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Given a few days to recover after Monday’s comeback at Pittsburgh, the #25 Notre Dame men’s basketball team returned to the friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion on Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati. For the first time in a long time, an Irish victory was never in doubt. Notre Dame jumped out to a 19-6 lead, and…

  5. Notre Dame Women’s Basketball: By the Numbers

    Feb 19, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    The Fighting Irish (24-1, 12-0 BIG EAST) have had a dominant season to say the least. They are currently ranked second in the NCAA behind only Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears of Baylor. Their nearly flawless record is one telling number, but how do their other statistics line up against their toughest opponents? To…

  6. Irish Rally Past Panthers

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    A 1-for-19 start? Eight first-half turnovers? More than 15 minutes to break double digits? Playing in front of the raucous “Oakland Zoo”? It looked like a recipe for disaster, and a sure-thing loss for the #25 Notre Dame men’s basketball team. That was, at least, until the 7:08 mark of the first half. Frustrated and…

  7. Irish Set for Two-Game BIG EAST Trip

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    As students’ families arrive on campus for Junior Parents Weekend, many Fighting Irish teams are hitting the road. The #21 Notre Dame men’s basketball squad is no exception, as the team gets ready for an important Saturday-Monday BIG EAST swing trip. The Irish will travel to New England later this evening, in preparation for tomorrow’s…

  8. Tournament Watch: Notre Dame Women March Toward the Madness

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    The Fighting Irish’s decisive victory over tenth-ranked BIG EAST rival Louisville Monday night was a further testament to the dominance of this year’s elite women’s college basketball teams. Notre Dame (23-1, 11-0 BIG EAST) remains ranked second in the NCAA behind Baylor, the only team to beat the Irish, and first in the BIG EAST.…

  9. New Kids on the Block: Zach Auguste

    Feb 13, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Notre Dame welcomed three talented and promising freshmen to the squad this year. These three players look to build on the success of recent Irish squads and leave a mark of their own. Irish UNDerground blogger Lauren Chval sat down to get to know the second of the trio, forward Zach Auguste.  * Why did…

  10. Second-ranked Irish Dominate #10 Cardinals

    Feb 11, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    No overtimes were necessary at Purcell Pavilion tonight. The second-ranked Fighting Irish controlled the game from the opening tip, and then pulled away in the second half, on their way to a 93-64 victory against #10 Louisville. Forty-eight hours after the schools’ men’s squads battled in a five-overtime epic on the same floor, the Notre…

  11. Lesson Learned: One Student’s Experience Leaving Early on Saturday Night

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

    With 54 seconds remaining in regulation, Pat Connaughton missed a three-pointer, Chane Behanan came down with the rebound, and Tom Knight committed his fifth and final foul, sending the Louisville forward to the free throw line for an opportunity to put his team up by nine with under a minute remaining. Game over. Or at…

  12. Getting to Know Madison Cable

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Ever wished you knew more about sophomore guard Madison Cable? Well we caught up with her after practice to get to know her a little better. Enjoy! What accomplishment or trait are you most proud of? “I’m most proud of getting here and being successful with my teammates and family and friends.” If you could…

  13. Fighting Irish, Purcell Crowd Make Saturday a Day That Will Live Forever

    Feb 10, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Saturday evening at the Purcell Pavilion marked one of the greatest exhibitions of solidarity that one could ever hope to see in the world of sports. The Fighting Irish put together one of the greatest collective efforts in team history, and rewarded an unfaltering crowd with a classic finish that will never be forgotten. The…

  14. Inside The Box Score: A Look Back at the 5 OT Thriller

    Feb 10, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    If you watched last night’s epic battle between Notre Dame and Louisville, you’re probably still trying to wrap your head around what happened at Purcell Pavilion. This game was over. Notre Dame was about to do the unthinkable – lose at home for the third time this season. But then, the Irish did the improbable,…

  15. An Instant Classic: Notre Dame Defeats Louisville in 5 OTs

    Feb 10, 2013, 3:56 AM EDT

    Coming into Saturday’s matchup, Notre Dame and Louisville had gone to overtime in six of their past ten meetings. Alright, but the law of averages probably tells us we’re due for an uneventful finish, right? After Notre Dame senior Casey Murdock hit a half-court shot during College GameDay, host Rece Davis ended the show saying,…

  16. Notre Dame Senior Hits Half-court Shot for $18,000

    Feb 9, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    If ESPN has learned anything from this season’s College GameDay trips, it’s that when it comes to basketball, you should never doubt a kid in the Hoosier State. For the second time this year, and just the fourth time in the show’s history, a student made the State Farm half-court shot. Both of this year’s…

  17. Preparing For College GameDay

    Feb 9, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    In the fall, Irish fans were ecstatic to learn College GameDay was coming to Notre Dame for the Stanford game. We learned this just hours after our Shamrock Series win over Miami in Chicago, and it only fueled our celebration. For six days, it fed into our hype and excitement surrounding the Stanford game. We…

  18. Midnight Madness

    Feb 9, 2013, 6:38 AM EDT

    For some, Saturday just couldn’t come soon enough. Dozens of Notre Dame students gathered in the North dome of the JACC late Friday night awaiting ESPN’s College GameDay the following morning. The goal was simple – hang out with friends prior to the Irish’s primetime matchup against No. 11 Louisville while spending the night indoors…

  19. College GameDay Arrives: Your Guide To This Weekend

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    It’s been quite a day here at Notre Dame. After the equipment trucks arrived yesterday, ESPN has been getting set up and preparing for College GameDay throughout the afternoon. While it’s not quite the spectacle that came in October for the football edition, there’s still a ton of equipment, and there’s no doubt that the…

  20. College GameDay, Louisville Return to South Bend

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    The regular season does not get much bigger than Saturday for the #25 Notre Dame men’s basketball team. ESPN’s College GameDay and #11 Louisville come to town for what’s sure to be jam-packed weekend at Purcell Pavilion. The GameDay team of Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jalen Rose and Jay Bilas will broadcast live from Purcell…

  21. Getting to Know Michaela Mabrey

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Michaela Mabrey is a freshman guard who hails from Belmar, N.J. She comes from a very strong basketball family, and she has shown her skill on the court this season for the Fighting Irish, averaging 13.4 minutes per game. As a true freshman, she has already been able to highlight her versatile skill set and…

  22. New Kids on the Block: Cam Biedscheid

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Notre Dame welcomed three talented and promising freshmen to the squad this year. These three players look to build on the success of recent Irish squads and leave a mark of their own. Irish UNDerground blogger Lauren Chval sat down to get to know the first of the trio, forward Cam Biedscheid. * Cam Biedscheid…

  23. “The Grant Game”

    Feb 4, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Last night, the Super Bowl was dubbed “the Har-Bowl,” as brothers Jim and John Harbaugh led the 49ers and Ravens on opposing sidelines. This evening, Notre Dame (18-4 overall, 6-3 BIG EAST) and Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) will meet in what Jack Cooley is calling “the Grant Game.” With the Irish at the halfway point of…

  24. Irish in Syracuse: Prepping for the Orange

    Feb 4, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

    After defeating DePaul and spending the night in Chicago on Saturday, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team took off for central New York early Sunday afternoon. The Irish arrived in Syracuse just before 3 pm. After settling into the hotel, the team met for about 25 minutes to go over the scouting report, before heading…

  25. Irish Pick Up Big BIG EAST Road Win

    Feb 2, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    On Saturdays this past fall, the Notre Dame football team fought through it difficult schedule unscathed. But week after week, media members talked and wrote about how the Irish did not win with “style points.” On this, a frigid Saturday in early February, it was the Notre Dame men’s basketball team that gutted out a…

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