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    Sure, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" was written about Christmas, but if you ask a sports fan, there's no better time than the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Over the course of 48 games on four networks in four days, 64 teams will be whittled down to 16 Final Four hopefuls. Heroes will be born and hearts will be broken.

    Tipping off at approximately 9:45 pm ET tomorrow, the Notre Dame men's basketball team will be one of the last teams to begin its March Madness pursuit.

    This afternoon, the Irish hit the court at Greensboro Day School for a short practice in preparation for Friday's matchup with the Xavier Musketeers.

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    The Dillard Gymnasium is home to the GDS Bengals and their legendary coach Freddy Johnson, who earlier this season set a state record by notching his 819th victory.

    Built in 1991, the gym was a really nice place for the Irish to get some work in before heading to the Greensboro Coliseum later today for a media session and 40-minute open practice.

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    UND.com will have coverage from the Coliseum later this evening, so check back and stay tuned to YouTube.com/NotreDameAthletics, and right here on Irish UNDerground for more from Notre Dame's trip to the NCAA tournament.

    Also, if you're on Twitter, check out the new account @theUNDblogger, where I'll be featuring more behind the scenes content on the Fighting Irish, beginning right here with men's basketball in the Tar Heel State.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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