Irish are a 5 seed, splitting the difference between 4 (where we would have been with a win against Marquette) and 6.
George Mason is this year's George Mason? Certainly hope not...
Breaking Down the East Region-
#1 North Carolina gets the top seed and will take on the play-in winner. Indiana tumbles all the way to an 8. They were on the 4/5 line earlier in the week. Sorry, Hoosier fans. They will play 9 seed Arkansas.
Let's go to the bottom of the bracket next. 2 seed is Tennessee playing American. Butler got ripped off and fell to the 7 slot against South Alabama.
Seeded third is Louisville, a much deserved location. They will play 14 Boise State. Winner will take on Oklahoma or St. Joseph's.
George Mason was on the 12/13 line, so taking on the top 5 seed on the S-Curve (Notre Dame) was expected. Washington State was projected as a solid 5, so being seeded below the Cougars is a bit of a disappointment. Still, much better to have a team that was overseeded in your pod than the alternative. They take on Winthrop, who were lucky to avoid the 14/15 line.
In all, certainly a good draw for Notre Dame. Though we would rather have been a 4 seed, the location and competition is very helpful. Time to look forward to playing in Denver on Thursday.
Georgetown gets a 2 seed, the highest for the Big East.
Kansas State at 11 is an upset special against USC.
Oregon somehow shot from the bubble to the 9th seed in the South.
Pitt took our 4 seed with the BET title. Anyone going to Denver will be able to see their pod in action as well.
Marquette's win over us had little effect for them, staying at 6 seed.
Good for Baylor getting the last at-large in the tournament, making only one of our losses to an NIT team.
8 teams for the Big East well deserved.
Finally, the committee wants to see the Harangody/Hansbrough matchup next weekend. Really hope we get there first.