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Game Day in Greensboro

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For eight teams in Greensboro, the NCAA tournament dream starts today. The action kicks off at 1:40 pm when Creighton takes on Alabama in the always interesting 8-vs.-9 game. Following the conclusion of that game, top-seeded North Carolina will play Vermont in a Midwest region second round contest.

This evening, it's the South bracket. Duke plays Lehigh at 7:15 pm, before Notre Dame tips against Xavier at approximately 9:45 pm.

The Fighting Irish departed the team hotel earlier this morning for a 20-minute shootaround at the Greensboro Coliseum. After arriving at the arena, the team waited in the lobby for a few minutes as Vermont finished up its time on the court. The Irish watched President Obama break down his women's bracket with ESPN's Doris Burke on Sportscenter.

It's kind of funny how the NCAA shootaround works. Teams are given 20 minutes from the time the cart of basketballs is rolled out. The Irish had a couple of extra minutes to warm up and stretch before really focusing on getting some work in before tonight's game.

The court for this weekend's games is branded like the rest of those for this year's tournament, but there's something about it that really makes me think of the ACC. As I mentioned yesterday, the Greensboro Coliseum frequently hosts the conference tournament, and growing up, I think I came to associate those teal seats with great games between Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, etc.

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After the shootaround, the Irish returned to the hotel for a meal, where they will relax before the big game. The Irish have looked good on the court so far, but I guess we'll find out more about ten hours from now.

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Notre Dame vs. Xavier. Live on CBS. 9:45 pm.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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