It is now official that Notre Dame will play against the likes of North Carolina and Duke next year in the 2013-2014 basketball season. Many fans are probably already dreaming of visiting the legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium. But, how will the Fighting Irish fare against these College Basketball powerhouses.
Mike Brey has landed top talent in the past two classes. Current Notre Dame Guard Cameron Biedscheid was a Top 50 recruit and looks poised to have a promising career in South Bend. Zac Auguste was also a high 4-star recruit. Notre Dame commitment Demetrius Jackson is the first five star recruit since Torin Francis in 2003.
But, Notre Dame is definitely not a powerhouse like the Blue Devils or Tar Heels. However, when they enter the ACC, they will have the 4th most basketball victories. North Carolina has the most with 2065. They are followed by Duke who has 1971. ACC newcomer Syracuse has 1844. The Fighting Irish have 1723. The next closest is North Carolina State who has 1593.
As far as the RPI rankings are concerned, the Fighting Irish would currently be the 7th in the ACC if Syracuse and Pittsburgh were included. The order would be: Duke (1), Miami (4), Syracuse (16), North Carolina (18), North Carolina State (28), Pittsburgh (40) and Notre Dame (44).
The Irish are clearly middle of the road but are probably capable of pushing their way to the 4th or 5th best team in the ACC. College Basketball fans will really get to see how good the Big East is when Syrcause, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame engage in ACC conference play. The Irish are clearly superior to the bottom feeders in the ACC. But can they compete against the Blue Devils? It should be really fun finding out.