Fighting Irish: NIT-Bound For a Second Straight Year

Mike HendersonCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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I don't know about most people but I'm tired of hearing about or seeing Notre Dame on anyone's radar for the NCAA tournament.

Somehow, the Irish received some votes in the coaches' poll today and somehow the pre-eminent bracketologist Joe Lunardi has them listed in his "Next Four Out".

A home win over West Virginia stands out as their only substantial win, unless two wins against South Florida somehow come into play. Home losses to Northwestern, who are not currently on the bubble and Loyola-Marymount, who aren't even well, good, effectively negate their "good" win.

Luke Harangody is an outstanding college player and Tim Abromaitis has been a pleasant surprise. If Scott Martin had been healthy the Irish would be in a much better spot. But he's not and they're not. There are teams far more worthy of consideration than Notre Dame.

The Big East is a top conference, with several top teams and should land six or seven teams in the NCAA tourney, depending on what happens in the next three weeks. If the Irish somehow win out, make a deep run in the Big East tourney, then they will get in. But right now, I can't see how they are even being considered.