NCAA Bracket Update: Notre Dame Tops Akron, 69-56

The No. 2 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish didn't have the easiest time in the world with No. 15 seed Akron in their first 2011 NCAA Tournament game, but they eventually got it done. The Fighting Irish used their typical stingy defense to get a 69-56 win.

The Zips were within four points at halftime, but Notre Dame was always in control. Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points to lead the way, though he was just 4-11 from the field. Quincy Diggs had 11 points to lead Akron, who won the Mid-American Conference title, but couldn't get over the hump in this one.

For more on this game, Notre Dame fans should visit Rakes of Mallow.

Here's the updated look at the Southwest region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.    

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Boston University, March 18, 6:50 p.m., TBS

No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 Illinois, March 18, 9:20 p.m., TBS

No. 12 Richmond def. No. 5 Vanderbilt, 69-66

No. 13 Morehead State def. No. 4 Louisville, 62-61

No. 2 Notre Dame def. No. 15 Akron, 69-56

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Florida State, March 18, 4:10 p.m, TBS

No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth, March 18, 9:50 p.m., TNT

No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 St. Peter's, March 18, 7:20 p.m., TNT

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