Also, Notre Dame (a 7-seed in this year's tournament) beat an undefeated Syracuse team in January.
Grantland's Shane Ryan took a look at the Irish earlier this year. Let's take a look at what he had to say. Sorry in advance about the headline on his blog post. (Not really.)
Let me put on my Seinfeld cap on for a moment ($3.99, J.C. Penney's online bargain bin) and ask an important question — WHAT'S the deal — with Notre Dame? I mean, come on, nine wins in a row? A Top 20 ranking? Wins over Syracuse and Marquette and Louisville, and second place in the Big East? I haven't seen an Irish streak like this since Ted Kennedy drank 33 straight gins in '62 to spite his brothers!
Man, why do I always get so dark when I’m wearing my Seinfeld cap? Sorry. Let’s put it behind us.
About six weeks ago, the only thing I knew about Notre Dame was that they'd lost a lot of games, and they seemed to have a rule where at least three starters must look exactly like former Irish star Luke Harangody. Seriously, look at this side-by-side picture of current forward Jack Cooley and Harangody, and tell me this wasn't done on purpose. I wish I could tell you it ended there, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Guard Scott Martin looks like their goofy kid brother, Pat Connaughton is the sinister cousin, Tom Knight is the oafish cousin, and Patrick Crowley is the malnourished neighborhood kid who follows them around on a bike with a rickety front wheel.
I'm not trying to insult anyone here. All I'm saying is that I saw these dudes wearing overalls in a community theater production of Oklahoma! last winter in Indiana. They were extras in the barn dance scene, and they were hilarious.
Notre Dame faces 10th-seeded Xavier at 9:45 p.m. Eastern on Friday.