Irish Begin Road to Denver

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This afternoon is the start of a journey that hopefully ends with a Rocky Mountain celebration for the Notre Dame women's basketball team. The top-seeded Fighting Irish will take on #16 Liberty in a first round NCAA tournament matchup at Purcell Pavilion. That game should tip at approximately 2:40 pm ET on ESPN2, but it will depend on when the California - Iowa contest finishes. At the half, the Golden Bears lead the Hawkeyes, 42-33.

Notre Dame is one of sixteen host sites for the first two rounds of the tournament, so head coach Muffet McGraw's team will feel right at home this afternoon, as they take on a Liberty team that ranks first in the nation in rebounding differential.

This year marks the first time Notre Dame has been a #1 seed since the 2001 championship season and after coming up six points short in last year's title game against Texas A&M at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the goal is clear for the Fighting Irish - anything short of a national title will be a disappointment.

An opportunity for a shot at a second championship banner is still five wins away, but in front of thousands of fans in their signature lime green, it couldn't possibly start in a better place for Notre Dame.

NCAA tournament rules prohibit live play-by-play blogging, but we'll have more updates coming throughout the afternoon right here on UNDerground, and also on Twitter at @theUNDblogger.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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