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Mike Brey's team began to show a few cracks as the season wore on. That the Irish had trouble scoring without Tim Abromaitis was overdue, as Brey had to compensate all year long for the absence of his best player. The good news is that Notre Dame is facing an even more troubled Xavier team to open the tournament.
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Take a look inside the data used by the selection committee in seeding the bracket: