USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's grabbed No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament after their NCAA bubble burst, and Louisville, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee and OR joined them in the 32-team field.
"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February". The Irish and Pirates will be meeting for the first time in men's basketball on Tuesday night (Notre Dame is 5-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC). They just came to work every single day.
The Irish will instead be a #1 seed in the NIT and host Hampton in the 1st round Tuesday at 9pm. I guess they had a better strength of schedule and that got them in. The Irish lost in the regular season finale to #1 Virginia and then were eliminated from the ACC Tournament in the quarterfinal round by Duke.More news: Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll
Of that group, Alabama, Texas, Syracuse and UCLA made the field of 68 - with the latter two programs, Saint Bonaventure and Arizona State composing the tournament's "Last Four In". Should the Irish beat the Pirates (19-15, 12-4 MEAC), they will take on the victor of No. 4-seed Penn State and No. 5-seed Temple, though the time of the second-round game is not yet decided.
No fewer than a dozen of the 68 teams in the tournament have been named either in the FBI investigation or in media reports that allege coaches and others have directed payments and improper benefits to recruits and players - thus, breaking rules that go to the core of the amateur-sports code that defines and regulates both the NCAA and the "student-athletes" who make this billion-dollar business run. "We look forward to tipping things off on Tuesday". Despite boasting one of the most efficient offenses in the country, the Gaels will be playing in the N.I.T. again.More news: Southampton legend Le Tissier: Pellegrino was too negative
Brey said he told the team about past experiences from the NIT. Unfortunately, without him, they lost to teams like Georgia Tech amid a seven-game losing streak. They really weren't interested, it was really a tough end to a season.
Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT.
Hopefully we get a fun tournament.More news: US Defence Secretary arrives in Afghanistan