Notre Dame will make noise in March

Ben Hansbrough and the Irish have the game to go far come NCAA tournament time. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

By now there seems to be a pretty strong consensus that the Pittsburgh Panthers are the best team in the Big East. At 23-2, Jamie Dixon's team is currently ranked No. 4 in both major polls and is projected to be a No. 1 seed in next month's NCAA tournament. But if the Panthers are really the best the rugged Big East has to offer, that leaves an unanswered question. Who's No. 2?

Well, how about the team that beat Pitt on its home floor? Meet the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.