Are the Irish a March Madness Sleeper?

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While your bracket probably already has the Fighting Irish making a run deep into March, if you're tirelessly reexamining your tournament picks, Seth Davis might be able to help. The college basketball reporter and analyst for Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has Notre Dame among his five sleeper picks in this year's field.

"They have cruised through the BIG EAST largely because of their ability to take care of the basketball," Davis says. "They've committed fewer turnovers than any other team in the conference. That has made them a lot more efficient than other teams they play."

Speaking of Davis, Irish head coach Mike Brey was on his CBS Sports Network program "Courtside with Seth Davis" while in New York for the BIG EAST tournament last week.

Brey also had a chance to catch up with Davis afterwards for a feature with UND.com. Though he doesn't say specifically how far he thinks Notre Dame might go in this year's bracket, in picking the Irish as a sleeper team in his SI.com video, Davis may be putting aside confidence in his alma mater. He was a student at Duke (ND's potential third round opponent) during Brey's time as an assistant coach in Durham.

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