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Notre Dame Basketball: 5 Musts for the Irish To Make the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament

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Notre Dame Basketball: 5 Musts for the Irish To Make the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament
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The 2010-11 edition of the Notre Dame basketball team finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally, and had more wins than any Irish team in the modern era with 27.

But head coach Mike Brey will need to replace some serious production after the departure of Big East Player of the Year Ben Hansbrough and solid power forward Tyrone Nash.

Brey also had to deal with the head-scratching decision of Carleton Scott to enter the NBA draft, even though he was not picked to go in the high rounds by experts and did in fact end up undrafted.   

Even so, Brey still has some big-time minutes to pass out to some young players. He's going to have to find some green emeralds in the rough if the Irish plan on returning to the Big Dance.

Here are five musts for the Irish if they want to claw their way to the upper echelon of the ultra-competitive Big East and find themselves back in the field of 68. 

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