Atkins finishes with 24 points, including game-winning three-pointer.
Sophomore guard started 10 games for the Irish in 2011-12.
Notre Dame to open play on Friday night versus Xavier.
Irish aiming for first-ever appearance in league final.
Notre Dame will begin play in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Jack Nolan and Jordan Cornette provide a day one update on the Fighting Irish in Greensboro, NC, for the NCAA Tournament.
UND.com provides some keys to the game for Notre Dame's second round match up with Xavier.
Notre Dame defeats Providence to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference regular season standings and secures a double-bye in the conference tournament.
Irish finish season with 22-12 record
Notre Dame Men's Basketball Practice (3/15/12)
Forward puts up a career-high 27 points and 17 rebounds in the win.
Jack Cooley has fifth double-double in his last six games.
The Men's Basketball team took on West Virginia in the Purcell Pavilion on February 22nd.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011-12): Gives the Irish tremendous depth at the guard position ... has great size for a guard and an excellent feel for the game ... handles the ball extremely well and could be valuable at the point guard position on occasion ... strong and consistent perimeter shooter who fits well into the Notre Dame system in this regard ... has the skills and ability to develop into a very good outside shooter at the collegiate level ... played in 14 games in a reserve role as a freshman ... posted 20 points and 11 rebounds.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11): Saw action in 14 games ... tallied 20 points (1.4 ppg) and 11 rebounds (0.8 rpg) ... had three assists and one steal ... scored a season-high nine points in a season-opening victory over Georgia Southern ... was 4-4 from the free-throw line and also hauled down a season-best three rebounds against Georgia Southern ... deposited four points versus Chicago State ... played a season-high 11 minutes against UMBC ... played in six regular-season BIG EAST contests ... scored his first BIG EAST points in his league debut at Marquette ... registered three points at USF ... pulled down one rebound against Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament ... also had a steal versus the Seminoles.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Glenbrook North High School ... played under the tutelage of coach David Weber while compiling a four-year record of 85-25 ... led his high school team to four consecutive Central Suburban League North (CSLN) championships ... a two-time Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regional champion ... named team captain for both his junior and senior seasons ... honored by the CSL as the conference MVP twice ... a first team all-CSLN honoree three times ... three-time IHSA all-state honoree ... a three-time Chicago Sun-Times all-area team member ... 2010 McDonald's All-American nominee ... averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists during his senior season ... netted 21.0 points, 6.0 boards and 4.0 assists per game his junior season while shooting 90 percent from the free throw line ... played one of his best prep games of his career in the third-place game of the renowned Proviso West Holiday Tournament when he scored 37 points, hauled in 12 rebounds, dished out seven assists and made three steals while bringing home MVP honors for the event ... named MVP of the 2010 Chicago High School Classic ... three-time MVP of Billy Schnurr Thanksgiving Tournament ... member of the Full Package Elite AAU team and led that squad to Elite Eight finish of the gold bracket of the adidas Super 64 in 2009 ... named to the 2008 all-tournament team for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
PERSONAL: Full name is Alexander Dragicevich ... second oldest of three children ... has an older brother Bobby and younger sister Diana ... son of Anna and Robert Dragicevich ... a J. Kyle Braid Leadership Program Committee Member ... peer group leader ... member of the local comedy troupe ... hails from same area of Chicago as current Irish teammate Jack Cooley, who attended Glenbrook South High School ... born 12-1-91 in Olympia Fields, Ill. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a film, television and theater major.
Dragicevich in the BIG EAST Conference