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    Hear It From a Student - The Sixth Man

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    If there is anything these last two men's hoops home games may prove, there's a reason everyone is talking about the Irish home court advantage. When the student section is filled, the lights go out, and the intro video starts playing, I always get full body chills.

    But as magnificent as the sixth man has been in the last two weeks, these games have proven even more than home court advantage.

    I have confessed before that I am extremely partial to Notre Dame basketball. More so - blasphemously - than I am to Notre Dame football. There is hope for the underdog of basketball in a way that there is none for the underdog of football.

    This year's basketball team was the definition of the underdog - young and inexperienced with a heavy weight on Tim Abromaitis, who was supposed to put up 20 points per game. When Abro fell to a season-ending ACL injury, it seemed like the final blow to an already shaky Irish team.

    Yet here we are, in February, looking at a group of young and inexperienced boys who are playing like men. They have a chemistry that is something to behold. They have a drive and a passion that is fun to watch. That is the thing about college basketball: a season can take a turn for the better. Starting out a football season 0-2 is a death sentence. A basketball team can take a stumble in the beginning and then take down the nation's No. 1 team.

    This team always had my love, but now they have earned my respect. It deserves a full student section, it deserves a spot in the polls, it deserves the March Madness that is now looming. And as that sixth man, we absolutely need to be behind it 100 percent for every game for the rest of the season.

    - Lauren Chval ('13)

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