The Notre Dame basketball team has been to the NCAA Tournament 34 times in their illustrious basketball history. They have been to the Sweet Sixteen on 16 occasions, the Elite Eight six times and the Final Four in 1978. The Irish were a basketball power in the 1950s, then again in the 1970s and are now among the best again in the 2010s. Last year, they were eliminated in the Elite Eight by then unbeaten Kentucky in a thriller that Notre Dame nearly won.
The Irish have played in the NIT 11 times and they have a 26-11 record. They have never won the NIT but have been in the championship game four times and have made the trip to Madison Square Garden six times.
Some of the greats to play for the Irish include Adrian Dantley, Kelly Tripucka, Austin Carr, Pat Garrity, Luke Harangody, Troy Murphy, and many more. The Irish have beaten the #1 ranked team 11 times, two of those being UCLA teams coached by John Wooden in 1971 and again in 1974. Notre Dame was one of the few teams that could play with UCLA in the early 1970s.
The Irish has been playing at the Joyce Center since 1968. It seats nearly 10,000 Irish fans for their home games. While most folks think football when anyone mentions Notre Dame and perhaps think women’s basketball over men’s basketball when hoops is brought up, the men’s basketball team at Notre Dame is always one of the better programs in the country. The Joyce Center is a great place to come watch a college basketball game.
The Fighting Irish has won nearly 80% of their games at the Joyce Center, this while spending 12 seasons in the very tough Big East and now playing in the equally tough ACC. You can enjoy your favorite concession items such as brats, hot dogs, pretzels and Coke products while watching a great college basketball game. The seats all have a great view of the court and all have arm rests and cup holders. There are not many better venues in college basketball than the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame is now part of the ACC, college basketball’s best conference. This year’s Irish home schedule will include St. Francis PA, Milwaukee, UMass Lowell, Stony Brook, Loyola Chicago, Youngstown State, Liberty, and in ACC play Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Louisville, Miami and NC State.
With those games on the schedule, you will want to get out to the Joyce Center as often as you can this season. Notre Dame will be looking to get another shot at the Final Four and many think they have a team capable of getting there. Notre Dame is synonymous with excellence in every sport and the basketball team is no exception. They have a fan following and a winning tradition that is second to none. Don’t miss out on the exciting ACC basketball action at the Joyce Center this season.
Courtesy of NDnation.com