Notre Dame Not Selected For NCAA Tournament

Notre Dame Not Selected For NCAA Tournament

Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma State and Utah will be No. 2 seeds for the 32-team event.

But the noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs have helped create quite a field for the NIT.

The Pirates blew their shot at an NCAA Tournament berth this season.

Arizona State finished 8-10 in quadrant one and two games with an RPI of 64. The consensus is that without Colson they are a solid team, but of the three wins they earned since Colson returned, only one of them came against a team with a winning record. "It basically discredited our entire league schedule, and no matter what we or some of the other teams in our league did during the Pac-12 or the conference tournament did not obviously matter".

Notre Dame and the Irish faithful sweated it out for about 72 hours, and Mike Brey's program were not given the benefit of the doubt with the injuries to Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell which impacted the team's overall resume. Last year, Notre Dame advanced to the second round before running up against West Virginia.

"I do know we were very fairly and very thoroughly analyzed", Brey said. "But I had prepared them for the NIT the last month".

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"I am absolutely thrilled that we played our way into the field, given where we were in January and early February. It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)".

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".

The Irish were on the NCAA Tournament bubble after falling 88-70 to Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals, despite 18 points and nine rebounds from Colson, who had 24 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point loss to No. 1 Virginia on March 3.

Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT. Baylor will take on Wagner, USC gets UNC Asheville and Saint Mary's will face Southeastern Louisiana. Assuming Colson, Farrell, and the rest of the Irish can get past their disappointment, they could use the NIT to show the NCAA and the world that they should be in the Big Dance.

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