The Irish will attempt to rebound and embark on a deep 2011 NCAA Tournament run on Friday, March 11 vs. Akron (23-12), tournament champions of the MAC conference.
Notre Dame's second place Big East finish earned the school a No. 2 seed in the Southwest region. The remaining top four teams in the Southwest are No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Purdue, and No. 4 Louisville, who took out the Irish in the conference semi-finals on Friday.
Notable foes filling out the Southwest region include Illinois, UNLV, Big East member Georgetown, and Notre Dame's potential second round foes, Texas A&M and Florida State.
The Irish and Zips will square off in Chicago on Friday. Tip-off is set for 1:40 EST.