Notre Dame had a successful run in the ACC Tournament and probably should have received a #4 seed in the tourney. They are a dangerous #5 seed this year.
Princeton won the first-ever Ivy League conference tournament and went undefeated in conference play.
Ivy League teams are always trendy picks to upset teams in the first round. Many have had past success doing just that. The players go to Ivy League teams for a reason, they play smart basketball.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish survived a brutal ACC schedule. It seemed like they were playing at least one or two ranked teams per week. They had a nice ACC tournament run and have marquee wins over Florida State (twice), Virginia and Louisville. Their losses came against very good teams like Villanova, Purdue, Duke and at Louisville. If Bonzie Colson and C.J. Beachem are on a roll, very few teams can beat them.
The Princeton Tigers are a trendy upset pick. They went undefeated in the Ivy League, but had early season losses to Lehigh, St. Joseph’s and Monmouth, three teams that didn’t make the tournament field. Princeton is still a very good team and shouldn’t be overlooked. They love the three-pointer and their guards will take them all game.
I know I’m bucking the trend of Princeton as a Cinderella team because Notre Dame is just too good. Princeton isn’t as athletic and Notre Dame’s top stars will be the reason the Irish move on.
Prediction: #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.