The Notre Dame basketball program is hoping to celebrate its history-making season by highlighting it with even more unforgettable moments.
After downing North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night to claim the school’s first conference championship in history and fortifying themselves as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Fighting Irish are craving even more.
Average ticket prices will be $119.68 with a get-in price of $40 when the Irish open their postseason crusade in the Midwest Region on Thursday against No. 14 seed Northeastern in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Brey and company will be looking to advance to land of at least the Sweet 16 for the first since 2003.
To know the Irish is to know it all starts with the senior tandem of Jerian Grant and at Pat Connaughton. The two combined for 44 points, 11 assists and four rebounds in Notre Dame’s 90-82 takedown of North Carolina in the ACC Finals which came just a night after the duo also sparked a 74-64 upset of Duke in the semifinals.
And if that distinction isn’t enough, Brey has to like his chances more than in times past simply based on the fact Notre Dame’s five game winning streak is the longest he’s had entering a tournament since he’s been in charge in South Bend.
But focused as they are, the Irish aren’t about to get ahead of themselves. Brey has instructed his team to simply zero in on the “Pittsburgh Tournament.” If you’r looking to cheer on the Irish, Hipmunk.com is your travel resource to attend the Pittsburgh Tournament. According to Hipmunk, Pittsburgh hotels start from $99 if you wanted to take in two possible Irish games. Traveling from Indiana? Plenty of available round trip flights to Pittsburgh through Hipmunk are displayed with a few clicks.
Certainly ND enters the tourney as one of the country’s most battle-tested squads. In all, six ACC teams made the field, with Duke registering a top seed, Virginia a No. 2, North Carolina and Virginia both a No. 4 and North Carolina a No. 8 seed.
Where the Irish are concerned, Grant knows the battle is far from over. “The program hasn’t done much in March before,” he said. “We’re going to keep getting that until we do something. … Pat always talked about rewriting Notre Dame history, and we did that a little bit this year, but we’re not done.”
In all, Notre Dame has won eight of their last nine, led by Grant (17 points, seven assists and three rebounds) and Connaughton (13 points, seven rebounds and two assists).