Recently, the NCAA Tournament bracket has given us some good 15-seed upsets of 2-seeds. That ain't happening here. Notre Dame plays an unselfish brand of basketball that makes it near upset proof when taking on a squad with less talent. Akron fits that description.
Mike Brey's group will run it's open post offense to perfection leaving Akron's front court chasing sharp-shooting bigs around the perimeter to no avail. If this one becomes a yawner, then check your NCAA Tournament schedule here for other games.
Star Watch: Ben Hansbrough is the unquestioned leader of this team and it helps matters because he may be the most talented. Hansbrough's shot credibility from beyond the arc helps create driving lanes and helpside defense is pulled away by deep shooting threats like forward Tim Abromaitis. If your answer to Abromaitis' range is to put a guard on the senior big, he'll simply take your defensive munchkin down on the low boxes for a game of "mouse in the house". It's usually a lose-lose for Irish opponents.
Prediction: If you've watched this Irish club you'd know this is an experienced team on a mission. They won't blow their one shining moment dreams on a team from the MAC.
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