The Fighting Irish are entrenched as a formidable member of the Big East's upper-echelon. Notre Dame (20-5, 8-4 Big East) has reeled off five wins in its last six games to surge toward the top of regular season standings.
A blend of veteran savvy and untapped youth fill the Fighting Irish roster, which creates an assortment of options for head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame can lean on catalyst Jack Cooley, a Big East Player of the Year candidate, but also has the ability to dig deep in its rotation.
Each player contributes to the program in a unique way. So let's dissect Notre Dame's roster and determine eight players that Brey's bunch can't afford to lose with postseason tournaments rapidly approaching on the horizon.