Mar 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Jerian Grant (22) during the first half of the semifinals against the Louisville Cardinals at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame vs Xavier Preview

Notre Dame will take on the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game should be a very close game, a number 7 seed playing a number 10 usually brings in intense match-ups.

Notre Dame will be led by back-court specialist Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins, both are young underclassmen that will be a little inexperienced for the Big Dance. However, the boys have played mostly every minute of every game for Mike Brey’s squad this season. If both guards contribute, Notre Dame will win this game. If either one lags off, the Irish will have to rely heavily on Jack Cooley.

For Xavier, Tu Holloway is the guy to watch. I love the way he plays and the talent level he brings to the Musketeers. If he scores around 20 points and 5 assists, he lead the team to a victory. I truly think Notre Dame will contain him, but Notre Dame defense may have an “off” game.

 

Score Prediction:

Notre Dame 73, Xavier 66.

I think Notre Dame will be too much for #10 Xavier. However, Notre Dame will have to face off against Duke (pending if they win against Lehigh) in North Carolina, so the Irish may be heading home early as well.

 

Gametime: 9:45pm ET

Channel: CBS

Location: Greensboro, NC

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