The Fighting Irish are moving on to the NCAA tournament.
The University of Notre Dame enters the next stage of the tournament as the #6 seed. They will play the winner of the Michigan – Tulsa ‘First Four’ match on Friday March 18, 9:30 pm ET at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
The game will be televised live nationwide on CBS. The winner on Friday will play Sunday to meet the winner between No. 2 West Virginia and no. 15 Stephen F. Austin.
According to the University of Notre Dame website, this will mark the 35th time that the Fighting Irish has advanced to the Regionals and the 17th since the teams were expanded to 64 in 1985. It is their 11th appearance and eighth in the last decade during the Mike Brey era. Notre Dame is coming off a historic run to the Elite Eight last season. During that run, they defeated #14 Northeastern, #6 Butler, and #7 Wichita State before getting defeated by #1 Kentucky by just two points.
The overall record of the Fighting Irish since taking part in the NCAA in 1953 is 34-38. They went 9 – 10 under Mike Brey. Notre Dame is currently 1 – 3 in the tournament as a sixth seeded team winning over Xavier in 2001, and losing to #3 Mississippi in 2001, #11 Winthrop in 2007, and #11 Old Dominion in 2010.
“It’s a little unusual not to know your opponent yet. Usually we start breaking down a team and try to get a feel of both without wasting too much time,” said coach Mike Brey. Senior manager A.J. Meyer immediately headed back to the basketball office Sunday even before the name of the Fighting Irish appeared in the bracket in order to scout the competition.
Notre Dame has faced one of its potential opponents Michigan twice in the NCAAA tournament.