Notre Dame earned a first round pass in the Big East tournament with their 98-91 survival of DePaul. The Irish are coached by DeMatha’s Mike Brey. This is the first season in the university’s 13 as a Big East team, in which they have won 12 games. The 22-6 green and gold are ranked #17 nationally. Brey’s high school coach, Morgan Wootten, is the only person elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame solely as a schoolboy coach.