Notre Dame seeded No. 1 in Lexington, Stanford is No. 2

  • Notre Dame seeded No. 1 in Lexington, Stanford is No. 2

Notre Dame seeded No. 1 in Lexington, Stanford is No. 2

Notre Dame seniors V.J. Beachem and Austin Torres had words of encouragement for Cannady after the narrow decision. Rather, they have been the norm.

The Tigers had rallied back from a nine-point deficit and trailed by just one in the final minute of the second half on Thursday. Colson led Notre Dame with 10 points while Farrell added eight. Notre Dame made the second weekend in 2015 by beating Northeastern by three points and Butler by three in overtime. It took a Rex Pflueger tip in with just 1.5 seconds remaining to push the Irish into the Sweet Sixteen.

Princeton was game, too.

That's how Notre Dame operates in March.

Notre Dame owns a proud distinction in this NCAA tournament: It is the only program to have advanced to the Elite Eight each of the past two years. The Bison held the lead for the first five minutes before West Virginia took over.

Notre Dame survived a tough battle with Princeton in their first round match-up on Thursday, hanging on to win 60-58. They've been here before and are a battle tested team in close Tournament games at this point. The Longhorns are the fourth team to earn 30 tournament berths, joining Tennessee (36), Georgia (32) and Stanford (31).

Princeton finishes the year with a 23-7 record, including a ideal 16-0 mark in Ivy regular-season and tournament games.

Notre Dame will go on to face the victor of No. 4 West Virginia and No. 13 Bucknell on Saturday. West Virginia will move on to play No. 5 Notre Dame.

All of that said, after Weisz scored 15 points in a player-of-the-game performance for the Tigers, the history major insisted the Tigers didn't lose because they were juggling mid-terms with the Madness.

Bonzie Colson may not have had the game many believed he would, but using his size and athleticism, he contributed 18 points and seven rebounds, winning the game in the post once again.

When the final horn sounded after Steve "White Steve" Vasturia's missed free throw yesterday afternoon, neither teams' fans felt any sense of joy or elation.

In the last 5 minutes of the Princeton game, the Irish could have really helped themselves extend the lead and put Princeton away by hitting foul shots.

This game wasn't what Notre Dame expected. He came in averaging 17.5 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

"It hurts for us right now, certainly, and, you know, you want to go out with a win and a deep tournament run, but nonetheless we gave it our all", Weisz said. The Fighting Irish did an excellent job of forcing errant passes from Princeton, a team that is accustomed to playing a slower brand of basketball than most teams in the field.

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"That's how we were going to escape", Brey said about his team's defensive showing, "and we did escape".