Ben Hansbrough and the Irish have been officially announced as the second seed in the Southwest Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Coming into their first game against a 23-12 Akron team, the Irish should be able to manage their first round opponents with ease.
Despite the big advantage in their first game, Notre Dame will potentially go on to take the likes of conference opponents in Louisville and Georgetown. If they are to make the Elite Eight, they may likely face the likes of a Kansas team which arguably has the best talent in the nation.
Although the Irish come in as the second place team in Big East and are winners of 12 of their last 14, here are three reasons why they might just be packing their bags earlier than expected.