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Following Flynt - Huge Night for Irish Hoops

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It's Big Monday on the ESPN family of networks, but it might be an even bigger evening for Notre Dame basketball.

The fun starts at 7 pm ET on ESPN when the #20/#19 men's team takes on #11/#12 Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Despite a loss to St. John's on Saturday, head coach Mike Brey's squad is still in contention for one of the two remaining double-byes (Syracuse and Marquette have already clinched) for next week's BIG EAST tournament.

At 12-4 in the conference, Notre Dame is in third place and currently leads Georgetown and South Florida by one game. A win tonight, and the Irish would not kick off their quest for a conference title until next Thursday's quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.

If Notre Dame drops its second straight game, it risks losing that spot and having to play its first game on Wednesday, Mar. 7. Still, the Irish control their own destiny and could rebound this Friday at home against Providence. A win against the Friars, and Notre Dame would be, at worst, in a three-way tie for fourth place with Georgetown and South Florida.

Both the Hoyas and the Irish defeated the Bulls, so the tiebreaker would go in favor of Georgetown and Notre Dame for the third and fourth seeds.

Beyond conference seeding, a road victory over a ranked opponent would bolster Notre Dame's already impressive NCAA tournament resume, while also taking some pressure off of Friday's Senior Night game.

On the women's side the #3 Fighting Irish travel to Hartford for a game against #4 Connecticut at 9 pm ET on ESPN2. The Huskies have dominated the series, 28-6, but Notre Dame has taken the past two matchups - last March in the Final Four and earlier this season at the Purcell Pavilion.

The Irish have already clinched a share of the BIG EAST regular season championship, as well as the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament, but they can earn their first outright title - something they have not accomplished in 17 years - with a win tonight.

Notre Dame shared the conference honor in 2000-01, when it split the title with UConn. That season, head coach Muffet McGraw also led the program to its first and only national championship, a feat the team has its sights set on again this year.

The Irish are 9-1 this season against ranked opponents, and have tallied four wins against top 10 teams. They will be back at the XL Center on Saturday, Mar. 4 at 2 pm ET on ESPNU in the BIG EAST quarterfinals against a to-be-determined opponent.

Clear your schedule, grab your remote and get your popcorn ready for what should be an exciting night of Notre Dame basketball.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

Courtside with Notre Dame Basketball

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Following Flynt - The Ride Continues

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When the halftime buzzer sounded, it looked like Notre Dame's eight-game winning streak would hang in the balance until the closing minutes. Or so we thought....

The Irish used a 28-7 run over the first 9:59 of the second half to open up a 23-point lead, on the way to an big 71-44 victory. Notre Dame's defense held West Virginia to just 16 points in the half, setting a team record for the fewest points allowed in the second half of a BIG EAST contest (the previous mark was 18 against Pittsburgh in 2010).

Perhaps more impressively, the ninth straight victory set a program record for consecutive BIG EAST wins, besting the mark set during the 2000-01 season. The current 12-3 BIG EAST start also breaks a record from that season, which was head coach Mike Brey's first at Notre Dame.

Jerian Grant led all scorers with 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. The sophomore also threw down a pair of impressive dunks that brought the Purcell Pavilion crowd to its feet.

Scott Martin contributed 15 points, while Eric Atkins and Jack Cooley scored 13 points apiece.

Pat Connaughton, the star of Saturday's comeback win, was held scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting. But the freshman's off-evening says a lot about this year's team. On any given night, any player might step up to lead the Irish offensively, and that's one of the things that makes the 2011-12 squad so special. The future right-handed pitcher was 0-for-2 from the field, but picked up five rebounds and dished out four assists.

Notre Dame continues to build its March resume, improving to 20-8 with the win. The Irish will now hit the road for a pair of games - returning to the hardwood on Saturday against St. John's at Madison Square Garden. Catch the game on ESPN2 beginning at noon ET. On Monday, they'll take on Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., before returning home next Friday, Mar. 2, for the final game of the regular season.

Stay tuned to UND.com for highlights and coverage from Coach Brey's post-game press conference.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

Live Chat - Men's Basketball vs. West Virginia

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Notre Dame continues BIG EAST Conference action this evening at Purcell Pavilion when it takes on West Virginia at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, but Irish UNDerground will also have all the angles in and around the action covered throughout tonight's game. Be sure to share your questions, comments and complaints and let your voice be heard throughout the Notre Dame nation, as the Fighting Irish go for their ninth straight win.

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Irish Connection - Episode 37

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November 15
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Bucknell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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1:00 PM
Syracuse Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

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November 15
1:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.

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November 15
All Day
Bulldog Scramble
Athens, Georgia (Dan Magill Tennis Center)
November 15
All Day
USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships
Flushing, N.Y. (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
November 17
7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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November 18
7:00 PM
Toledo
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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November 19
TBA
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November 20
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November 20
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 20
7:15 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Center)

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November 20
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 20
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Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 21
7:30 PM
Boston College
Boston, Mass.(Fenway Park)

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November 21
2:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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November 21
3:00 PM
South Dakota State
Brookings, S.D. (Frost Arena)

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November 21
12:00 PM
NCAA Championship
Louisville, Ky. (EP Tom Sawyer State Park)
November 21
7:05 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass. (Tsongas Center)

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November 21
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 21
All Day
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West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 22
TBA
NCAA Second Round
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November 22
TBA
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November 22
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 22
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 22
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 23
8:00 PM
Valparaiso
Valpraraiso, Ind. (Athletics-Recreation Center)

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