UPDATE: Not only have the recent efforts of Brey's overachieving squad captured some well deserved attention, landing the Fighting Irish at the #23 spot in the AP Top 25 and #24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, but they are now being mentioned as one of the "powers" of the Big East and forward Jack Cooley has earned his first-ever Big East Player of the Week honors.
|Congrats to Cooley on being named Big East Player of the Week|
(Check out the ingenious Kanye reference on the t-shirt over his shoulder)
For those of us who can't help but look ahead, Joe Lunardi's latest "Bracketology"has Notre Dame's stock rising, with the Fighting Irish slotted as a #7 seed against fellow Hoosier State hoopers from Purdue, which would have to be one of the most intriguing first round matchups in the NCAA Tournament should it happen to play out that way.
All in all, it's great to feel the excitement continue to build around this hardworking team, and I'm eager to see what kind of magic reigning Big East Coach of the Year (and Honorary Alumni Dawg) Mike Brey can work with these guys come tournament time.
Once again, I highly recommend getting a taste of our home cooking in the JACC this Wednesday night by joining the Leprechaun Legion in creating a hostile environment as the Fighting Irish look for their 10th Big East victory of the season against Rutgers.