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In NCAA Tournament, Overachievers Disappoint

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Notre Dame’s basketball team has been a great story this season. Unranked to start the year — in fact, Notre Dame didn’t receive a single vote in the Associated Press preseason poll — they’ve compiled a 14-4 record in the deep Big East conference and a 25-5 record overall. Now ranked fourth in the country in the A.P. poll, they could secure a No. 1 seed in the N.C.A.A. tournament with a strong performance during the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

The Notre Dame team is experienced — their lineup often consists of five seniors — but not deep or particularly athletic (they rank just 162nd in the country, for instance, in shot-blocking, which is a decent indicator of raw physical talent). Their best player, Ben...

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