Mar 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Eric Atkins (0) shoots over Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) during the second half of the semifinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Louisville won 64-50. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

#7 Notre Dame will play #10 Xavier in first round of March Madness

Notre Dame will face Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament. The Irish will play the Musketeers in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday (no time official yet).

The winner of this game will play the winner of the Duke/Lehigh game. Duke is a #2 seed and Lehigh is #15 seed in the south region.

Xavier is an at large bid. They lost to St. Bonaventure, 67-56 in the Atlantic 10 championship. From the first glance of things, I’d say Notre Dame has a chance to win this game. We will break down Xavier throughout the week so stay tuned for our previews here at SlapTheSign.

Here’s the complete list of games for the tournament.


SOUTH (Atlanta)

Louisville Thursday, March 15No.1  Kentucky vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky winner No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Connecticut

Portland Thursday, March 15 No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State

Albuquerque Thursday, March 15 No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State

Greensboro Friday, March 16 No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh

WEST (Phoenix)

Columbus Friday, March 16No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Saint Louis

Portland Thursday, March 15 No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach State No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson

Louisville Thursday, March 15 No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado State No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona winner

Omaha Friday, March 16 No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Virginia No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State

EAST (Boston)

Pittsburgh Thursday, March 15No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss

Albuquerque Thursday, March 15 No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana

Nashville Friday, March 16 No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure

Pittsburgh Thursday, March 15 No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD)

MIDWEST (St. Louis)

Greensboro Friday, March 16 No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/Vermont winner No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama

Nashville Friday, March 16 No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 California/USF winner No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio

Columbus Friday, March 16 No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont

Omaha Friday, March 16 No. 7 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 10 Purdue No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit


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