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The Road Begins In Dayton

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Championship’s West Region and will face No. 10 seed Iowa State in a second-round game Friday in Dayton, Ohio.

Irish head coach Mike Brey and the Irish begin their NCAA tournament journey Friday in Dayton, Ohio.

It’s the fourth consecutive trip to the Big Dance and seventh since 2003 for the Fighting Irish, which are 25-9 after exiting the Big East tournament Friday in the semifinals. Notre Dame makes the NCAA tournament field for the ninth time in head coach Mike Brey’s 13 years at the helm.

Last time the Irish went to Sweet 16, they did so in the West Region in 2003. The the fifth-seeded Irish fell to No. 1 Arizona, 88-71, in Anaheim, Calif. Notre Dame and Iowa State have played just once — an 87-77 Irish victory on Dec. 3, 1979 in South Bend. The Cyclones are 22-11 after losing to Kansas, 88-73, in the Big 12 Championship semifinals.

The Fighting Irish landed a No. 7 seed last year and lost to No. 10 Xavier, 67-63, in the South Region (Greensboro, N.C.).

The eight Big East teams in this year's NCAA Tournament are the most of any conference in the country.

MIDWEST REGION
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 N.C. A&T/Liberty
No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 9 Missouri
No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 4 Saint Louis vs. No. 13 New Mexico State
No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 11 Middle Tenn/St. Mary’s
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Valparaiso
No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Cincinnati
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Albany

SOUTH REGION
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky
No. 8. North Carolina vs. No. 9 Villanova
No. 5 VSU vs. No. 12 Akron
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 South Dakota State
No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Minnesota
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State
No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma
No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast

EAST REGION
No. 1 Indian vs. No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn/James Madison
No. 8. N.C. State vs. No. 9 Temple
No. 5 UNLV vs. No. 12 California
No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Montana
No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Bucknell
No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Davidson
No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 Colorado
No. 2 Miami vs. No. 15 Pacific

WEST REGION
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Southern
No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 9 Wichita State
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 Boise State/LaSalle
No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Belmont
No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 14 Harvard
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Iowa State
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Iona

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