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    Outside the team hotel

    If last night's 'First Four' games are any indication, we're in for a wild three weeks. March truly is one of the most exciting times of the year for a sports fan.

    The Notre Dame men's basketball team departed campus for the Piedmont Triad International Airport and Greensboro, N.C. this afternoon in preparation for its NCAA South Region second round matchup with #10 seed Xavier.

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    In the charter terminal at South Bend Airport

    Joining the team on the flight were the Band of the Fighting Irish and the Notre Dame cheerleading squad. While their friends might be spending spring break in Florida, Mexico or the Dominican Republic, a trip to North Carolina isn't too bad either.

    In a shocking mid-March twist, the South Bend weather was nearly identical to the 79-degree sunshine that greeted the Irish upon their arrival in Greensboro.

    The 7th-seeded Fighting Irish will meet with the media tomorrow at 4:30 pm, before taking the floor for an open practice from 5:10 pm to 5:50 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum. Head coach Mike Brey's team will also have a closed practice in the early afternoon.

    UND.com will have practice reports, updates and plenty of coverage of the Irish in the Tar Heel State. Stay tuned to Irish UNDerground for more, and tune in to CBS on Friday night as the Notre Dame takes on Xavier at approximately 9:45 pm ET.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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