What will Notre Dame face in the NCAA tournament?
There should have been a little suspense as to where the Fighting Irish would play in the NCAA Tournament. CBS, the circus ringmasters of the NCAA Selection Show, had wanted to drag out the suspense in the hopes of ratings and ad dollars, but a certain tweet put them to shame and now lives on as a new social media legend:
And with that, we now come to the point at which we stand right now…
Notre Dame is a six seed in the east and will face the winner of Tulsa versus Michigan. Yes… that Michigan. Canada’s Alabama- the mighty Skunkbears of the North are a possible opponent for the Irish.
That isn’t the only cool and possible matchup Notre Dame could see in that bracket as it has North Carolina as the #1 seed and Indiana as the #5 seed. Who else? Kentucky, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Southern Cal are all also in the East region.
So, if you’re counting… that’s 2 former Big East rivals with one of them currently an ACC team that beat the Irish (Pitt and West Virginia), Notre Dame’s biggest football rival (USC), an in state rival that beat the Irish (Indiana), current ACC rival and a school that just blew Notre Dame out of the building the other day (North Carolina), and the team that Notre Dame lost to in last years Elite 8 matchup.
This could get fun- or horribly tragic in a hurry.
So, Notre Dame heads to Brooklyn in an entirely different position as it was in last year, but in many ways, it has the ability to right the wrongs of this year and make some incredible history along the way. This bracket is tough, but it is filled with teams that Notre Dame can or has beat.
The Irish could make a run, and if they do, that #6 seed will look more like a steroid boost instead of a death sentence.