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Last season they crushed Fairleigh Dickinson in the First Four before losing to No. 1 seed North Carolina. Junior forward Bonzie Colson led the way for Notre Dame, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-13 shooting.

"We're a very confident team, whether it be what we've done this regular season or what we've done in the postseason in the past", Beachem said.

Well, maybe just a little at the end.

In a thrilling midday battle that was close from start to finish, Notre Dame took down No. 12 seed Princeton by a score of 60-58. The Tigers raged back late in the second half but were unable to complete a comeback to advance into the next round. Cannady's Tigers led for all of 17 seconds all day, but they proved particularly tough to put away. It was Vasturia who got the clinching rebound and then made the front end of a one-and-one with less than a second showing. Vasturia (eight rebounds) and Beachem (six rebounds) combined to nail only four of their 21 shots-but Colson finished with 18 points and seven rebounds on a gimpy ankle and Farrell had 15 points (making six of nine shots, three of five from the arc).

Princeton wasn't a ideal underdog - it's PRINCETON, for heaven's sake, and its players will recover from this 60-58 loss by getting very good degrees and controlling the world. Rarely do we see Brey get upset at a specific player, but cameras caught him in the subsequent TV timeout expressing what he thought of Farrell's careless pass. If you're thinking like that, you can always give 100 percent on defense and give your best effort. The Fighting Irish, after a big opening win in Buffalo, won't alter much from the proven approach now.

Next for the Irish is the victor of Thursday's matchup between No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 13 seed Bucknell.

Notre Dame mixed its 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense during the three-game ACC Tournament, finding a groove its players believe can carry into NCAAs. Notre Dame and Coach Mike Brey, who seemingly forgets to pack a razor every March, have become tournament fixtures. Remember Northeastern two years ago and MI last year? A year ago was a really good game against MI. "That was kind of the goal".

Christie's son Andrew graduated from Princeton previous year and played for its baseball team.

Brey said associate head coach Rod Balanis would handle the bulk of the Princeton scouting this week. "I'm sure he wore his Ivy League championship ring (from the early 1980s) today". I kind of expected the Tigers to pull off the win. My parents have been great traveling around the country to get to games. If history is any indication, the Catamounts have a chance since they were also a 13-seed when they knocked off No. 4 Syracuse in 2005, the signature win in school history. I just want to keep this going as long as we can. "They've done that a lot, so I'm a lot calmer with this group because they've been poised in endgame situations". The first step to that was getting back in the tournament.

"It goes by super fast".