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Here are two programs whose seasons didn't exactly go as planned.
If you would have told most people that the Fighting Irish would post a 13-5 record in the Big East after their best player, Tim Abromaitis, went down to a season-ending injury after playing only two games, your knowledge of college hoops would have been seriously questioned.
But that's exactly what happened. Using a shutdown defense that only allowed their opponents to score 61.5 points per game, the Fighting Irish played better than just about anybody could have expected during the 2011-12 season.
Xavier, on the other hand, starting the season on fire.
They won their first eight games before "The Brawl."
Since then Chris Mack's Musketeers have barely played .500 ball (13-12) and ended up having to win the A-10 tournament to get into the Dance.
Notre Dame's leading big man, Jack Cooley (pictured), could be the key to the game.
The Irish's leading scorer and rebounder averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds during the Big East tournament.
If Xavier can keep him off the boards, it has a decent chance of advancing.