After the bad loss to Louisville this past weekend the Irish are looking to regroup and get ready for their first Big East tournament game on Wednesday. Notre Dame grabbed the 6th seed and will have a first round bye. The second round will take place at 9:00 p.m. March 13th and will face the winner of DePaul vs. Rutgers.
Who does Notre Dame want to play? Well they have beaten both teams this season, DePaul twice and Rutgers once. Both of the games against DePaul ended up going into overtime with the same result, a Notre Dame victory. The Irish only clashed with the Rutgers once this season and squeaked out a win, only winning by 3. DePaul has only won two games this year (2013), but they did beat Rutgers when they played during the regular season. Notre Dame should be able to handle either team in the second round, which would take us into a game against Marquette. That game didn’t go very well during the season, but with the game at a neutral site anything can happen.
Coach Brey and his team are hovering around anywhere from a 4-7 seed as they head into the Big East tournament. Notre Dame must win their first game to keep themselves from sliding in the seeding for the NCAA tournament. If they win against DePaul/Rutgers and then beat Marquette they could solidify a 4th or 5th seed. If Coach Brey can put it all together and get his team playing good basketball they could win the Big East tournament, which could lead to a 3 seed. Honestly a 3 or 6 seed are better, because you can avoid the number 1 seed until the elite eight. As of now Joe Lunardi of ESPN has Notre Dame as a 7 seed.
Notre Dame has many of the pieces to be a very good team; it is just about putting those pieces together and playing smart basketball.