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Mar 16, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guards Jerian Grant (22) and Eric Atkins (0) and Xavier Musketeers forward Jeff Robinson (21)react late in the game. The Musketeers defeated the Irish 67-63 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

Notre Dame falls to Xavier in the first round

First off, I’d like to apologize to everyone for not writing the past few days. I’ve been under the weather and I haven’t been able to get to writing. However, I’m feeling a lot better and I hope to bring you the best coverage possible for the rest of the tournament.

Now, back to what really matters. I guess it makes sense that I was sick when Notre Dame lost in a controversial way to the Xavier Musketeers, 67-63. Notre Dame leaves the tournament early after having one of their better seasons in program history (considering their circumstances). I can’t say I was too surprsied, after seeing all the upsets just few hours before.

Xavier’s guards really carried their team through this one. Tu Holloway was a huge part of that success. His clutch shooting really hurt the Irish as he finished with 25 points. The Musketeers will play Lehigh in the next round (which makes this loss even worse).

I will not go into detail about the bad call, because I don’t like to make excuses. However, I will say this, just let the kids play.

“It’s too bad that happens, but there was a lot of plays,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said of the lane-violation call. “We missed some free throws. There were a lot of plays that culminated in not being able to escape with a win.”

As frustrating as it can be, I must say I’m still proud to be an Irish fan. The fight and grit is what I love to see. I know ND is a football school, but I think that is changing into a 2-sport school, after yet another 20-win season by the Irish.

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