CBS ranked the best team and each seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament and surprise, surprise they have Notre Dame as the Tourney’s best #5 seed. They don’t specifically say it in their write up but of course they have them as the top 5 seed because Notre Dame should’ve been a #3 or or #4 seed but the committee had other ideas.
Here’s what CBS had to say about the Irish.
Terrific offensive club that almost won the ACC tournament title. I think Notre Dame outclasses every other 5 seed. The Fighting Irish have defeated Louisville, Northwestern, Florida State twice, Virginia, Miami and Virginia Tech. Bonzie Colson is the next coming (strictly at the college level) of Draymond Green. Steve Vasturia hits big shots. Matt Farrell hits big shots. V.J. Beachem is one of the most athletic players in the sport. No team turns it over less, and is better at the foul line, than Notre Dame. Those are facts.
Yeah, we all know this and it’s why most Notre Dame fans were upset when the brackets were announced and the Irish had a #5 next to their name. Their seeding could end up helping them in the long term, but that is if they are able to get past notoriously Tourney tough Princeton later today in the very first game of the tourney.
Princeton isn’t a particularly good defensive team and are in a lot of ways a Notre Dame lite but the 5/12 matchup is always terrifying when your at the 5 and inspiring when you are the 12.
We’ll know soon enough if the committee knew something that we didn’t and if their ranking was justified with tip-off just hours away for the Irish. If Notre Dame plays like they did against Virginia and Florida State, they shouldn’t have much of a problem with Princeton. If they shoot like they did against Duke when no one other than Bonzie Colson could buy a three pointer, well then things could get pretty interesting tomorrow afternoon. And people like myself could end up looking pretty foolish for making a stink about Notre Dame being seeded 5th.
In case you did not click through to the CBS article, you will be pleased to know that Princeton was not ranked as the best #12 seed so the Irish have that working in their favor.
Ok, now the bad news. The same article has West Virginia ranked as the best #4 seed and Gonzaga ranked as the best #1 seed. Both teams are in the same West bracket that Notre Dame will be have to navigate if they want to get back to the Elite 8 or beyond this year.
Notre Dame and Princeton tip off at 12:15 on Thursday afternoon on CBS.