Irish to rematch Wake Forest Wednesday

Notre Dame's first foray into the Athletic Coast Conference Tournament includes an opening round contest vs. the No. 12 seed Demon Deacons.

Wins by Miami, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest over the last week of ACC play dropped head coach Mike Brey's Irish to the 13th-seed in this week's 15-team ACC Tournament, beginning Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C.

The Irish open the tournament with a 1:00 p.m. (ET) matchup against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons defeated Notre Dame in Winston-Salem, 65-58 in late January.

The victor from Wednesday's opening contest moves on to face No. 5 seed Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon. The Panthers defeated the Irish in overtime, 85-81 in South Bend to open March.

Notre Dame concluded its regular season 15-16 and therefore needs two victories this week before its first loss to qualify for NIT consideration. A team must finish its season at .500 to be considered by the NIT selection committee, one that chooses 32 teams following the annual announcement of the 68-team NCAA field.

At 17-17 (or better), it is expected Notre Dame would be extended a bid as a fringe top 100 team per the end season RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). will preview Notre Dame's opening round contest Wednesday morning. The squad departs for Greensboro today and will meet with the media in South Bend at 1:15 p.m. (ET). Top Stories