#18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Mike Brey continues to produce results as Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach.  With pretty much everybody back from last year, ND will once again be a major player in what figures to be their final year as members of the Big East Conference.

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#34 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: College Basketball 111 in 111


Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

In losing Luke Harangody, expectations were lower for Notre Dame last season.  However, their veteran line-up rose to the challenge, finishing with the second best record in the Big East and earning a number two seed in the NCAA Tournament.  With three starters gone from a year ago, the Fighting Irish are again flying under the radar heading into the 2011-2012 season.

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Is Notre Dame the Least Hyped top 10 Team Ever?


If there’s only school that doesn’t fly under the radar it is Notre Dame. Plenty of pub for the Fighting Irish. Very few schools have seen their university as the star of a big budget Hollywood film; this school has had three.

But that’s college football, not college basketball. Is the overwhelming obsession with the gridiron, at the expense of interest in the hardwood the main reason this Fighting Irish team isn’t being talked about all that much? The Irish certainly take care of business on the court, 17-4, 6-3 in the Big East, the best conference in America. They’re #9 in one poll, #8 in the other and Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports.com ranks them #5.

But yet they’ve all done this very “quietly” because South Bend is like Ohio State and Penn State- the fans just don’t get into hoops on a level remotely close to how much they care about football. Despite the fact that football team never graced the polls for a single week in 2010.

Let’s try to figure out why

By Paul M. Banks

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99 in 99: #39 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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The Big East is once again stacked this year.  Eight of the top 39 teams in my “99 in 99” college basketball preview rankings call the conference home.  Notre Dame comes in at #39 despite losing four-year starters Luke Harangody and Tory JacksonClick here if you missed teams #40-#99.

You can also check out Paul M. Banks’ story from the Irish’s media day.

By: David Kay
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