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    BIG EAST Prep Continues for Irish in NYC

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    It's day two for the Notre Dame men's basketball team in New York City. This morning, the Irish held their second practice at John Jay College, a criminal justice school in midtown Manhattan.

    It was a busy day of classes and the elevators were jam packed, so the Irish elected for four flights of stairs, on their way to the Bloodhounds' gym. John Jay plays in the City University of New York (CUNY) Conference along with Brooklyn College, Hunter College, N.Y.C. Technical and the College of Staten Island, among others.

    On each side, there are eight rows of wooden pullout bleachers, the kind you would see in your average high school gym. There's a second standing-room-only level overlooking the court, where a sign reads, "Occupancy by more than 179 persons is dangerous and unlawful." Not exactly on par with Madison Square Garden.

    But that's beside the point. If Coach Brey were to pull a page out of Norman Dale's book in Hoosiers, the hoop still would have been ten feet - just as it is in the Purcell Pavilion, and just as it will be tomorrow night at the Garden.

    The team ended practice with perhaps the best way to prepare for a game - situational drills. The clock was set to various situations, as the Irish simulated some of the potential scenarios they might face in the coming days.

    Though Tuesday's slate of first round games was rather uneventful, if the past is any indication, the remainder of the BIG EAST tournament will be filled with late-game drama and last-second heroics.

    Third-seeded Notre Dame will play in Thursday's fourth quarterfinal at 9 pm on ESPN against the winner of tonight's late matchup - #14 Villanova vs. #6 South Florida.

    UND.com will have video coverage from today's practice later this afternoon, so stay tuned right here to Irish UNDerground.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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