USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's grabbed No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament after their NCAA bubble burst, and Louisville, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee and OR joined them in the 32-team field.
"It's kind of a fitting end to how our season went", Brey said. "They just didn't have enough on their resume to be in as an at-large. He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game".
Every year, fans gripe when their teams don't make the NCAA Tournament, sometimes for good reason. Top guard Matt Farrell missed five ACC games because of an ankle injury.
"We have a championship ahead of us, and we could win and we can play together, keep putting the uniform on".
By the way, remember when Notre Dame beat Syracuse on their own court without their best two players and then Syracuse got in over the Irish?
Other first round games include Temple at Penn State, Rider at Oregon, Harvard at Marquette, Nebraska at Mississippi State, Vermont at Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky at Louisville, Boston College at Western Kentucky, BYU at Stanford, FGCU at Oklahoma State, Boise State at Washington, Louisiana at LSU, UC Davis at Utah. The semifinal and championship games will be played at New York's historic Madison Square Garden for the 81st year. Still, I think Hampton has the offense to keep up here so I'm leaning that way.
Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT.
Brey said he told the team about past experiences from the NIT. "I had a team that was really devastated it didn't get in [in 2005] and they lost to Holy Cross here". They finished 1-7 against ranked teams.
The Final 4 will be held in NY on March 27. Lost in the semis but made the most of the NIT. And in case you haven't been paying attention to the way the NCAA has been dealing with Notre Dame lately, they weren't going to do Notre Dame any favors.
As a junior, when he was the only ACC player to average a double-double, Colson was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team, All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Tournament First Team and was a finalist for the Karl Malone and Wooden Awards.