Can't believe I missed these yesterday. Russ was named BIG EAST Conference men's basketball player of the week for the win over 'Bama. Also, K-Mac made honorable mention. Add to that the previous recognition for Bamm-Bamm and Kurz and Notre Dame's trophy case is starting to fill up early this year.
Just in case you needed a little extra inspiration, I looked up the last time ND was ranked this late in the season. That would be '02-'03, when the Irish rode non-conference wins over Marquette, Maryland, and Texas, as well as a solid 10-6 Big East record, all the way to the Sweet 16.
Hope springs eternal.
Tonight, like last night, there are absolutely zero games in the Big East. Only two ranked teams in action as well, Texas A&M and Nevada.