Irish Sink to Sixth

Notre Dame's loss to Louisville Saturday afternoon drops the Irish to a sixth seed in next week's Big East Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- For only the second time in the last seven matchups between the squads, no overtime was necessary. That regulation ending between the two again spelled doom for Mike Brey and his Irish, 73-67 losers to Louisville at the KFC YUM! Center Saturday.

The loss dropped Notre Dame from a double bye and No. 4 seed in this week's conference tournament to the sixth spot. The Irish will begin play Wednesday night vs. the winner of the Rutgers/DePaul game to be played Tuesday afternoon.

Notre Dame beat DePaul twice this season, both in overtime. The Irish held off Rutgers at home in January, 69-66, surviving a furious rally by the Scarlet Knights in the process.

Should Notre Dame win its Wednesday night game, the Irish would move on to face No. 3 seed Marquette on Thursday night. The game will be the first for the Golden Eagles thanks to a double bye and automatic berth in the quarterfinals.

Winner of that quarterfinals contest feeds into No. 2 Louisville's bracket, though the Cardinals must first contend with either Villanova (No. 7 seed) or St. John's (No 10), a game played Wednesday prior to Notre Dame's 9 p.m. (ET) tip.

Notre Dame cannot face No. 1 seed Georgetown, No. 4 seed Pittsburgh, or No. 5 seed Syracuse without reaching the Big East Championship game played Saturday night. Top Stories