March 11, 2015
— With spring break underway on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Mike Brey’s squad practicedMondayafternoon on the Purcell Pavilion floor, grabbed sandwich boxes from Jersey Mike’s and then headed via bus to Atlantic Aviation for its charter flight to Greensboro. With the Irish pep band and cheerleaders also on board, the travel party lifted off at7:45 p.m. EDTin its Ameristar Charters MD-83, touching down at the Piedmont Triad Airport about9 p.m.
— The Irish women’s and men’s basketball players could have simply handed off hotel keyson Monday. The Notre Dame women’s team stayed at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro before checking out prior to itsSundayACC title game victory. Then, a day later, the Irish men’s team checked in at the same hotel. The Notre Dame men are assigned to the Sheraton this week, along with men’s teams from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Florida State and North Carolina State.
— The Irishon Tuesdayheaded out at11:40 a.m.for a 90-minute practice session at UNC-Greensboro. That’s the school that gave one-time Irish assistant coach Fran McCaffery (now head coach at Iowa) his first head coaching job. After practice, the team left for dinner at a local brazilian steakhouse.
— There’s not much question Greensboro will miss the men’s ACC Tournament, headed in 2016 to Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center), then the next two years (20-17-18) to Brooklyn (Barclays Center). The event goes to Charlotte in 2019 and returns to Greensboro in 2020. The game story on the ACC title win by the Irish women’s team in theMondayedition of the Greensboro News & Record featured the headline, “Irish win paired with praise for city,” and the story itself contained more about how much Irish fans enjoyed the local hospitality than it did about the game itself.
— Tuesday’sedition of the News & Record features predictions by staff sportswriters. Ed Hardin lists Notre Dame as the “team to avoid,” suggesting, “The Irish are finally playing consistent basketball. This is a dangerousFridaygame for somebody.”
— Former Irish All-American Troy Murphy is Notre Dame’s designated ACC Legend for 2015. One former standout player from each ACC school will be honored at the ACC Legends Luncheon atnoonFridayat the Sheraton.
— The ACC Tournament for fans may mean a little partying, possibly some southern BBQ in Greensboro or maybe even some fine dining. Irish coach Mike Brey? He’s just as interested in the Waffle House, right across from the team hotel, where he can grab his favorite iced tea 24 hours a day.
— Greensboro provides a familiar feeling for the Irish, in part because their team hosts are Kevin McCoy and Camille Townsend who handled those same responsibilities for the 2014 ACC Tournament as well as Notre Dame’s 2012 NCAA Championships appearance in Greensboro. McCoy and Townsend also handled those roles last week when the Irish women’s team was in town.
— ESPN has a corner on the market for former Duke players handling color commentary. Shane Battier could be seen in the Sheraton coffee shopTuesdaymorning (wearing workout shorts and an NBA Miami Heat T-shirt), then Jay Bilas stopped by the Notre Dame practice at UNCG to visit with Mike Brey while the Irish warmed up.
— The ACC will offer a moment of silence in tribute to Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the former Notre Dame president who passed away last month,Thursdaynight prior to the tip of Notre Dame’s quarterfinal game. The league did the same thing at the women’s championship prior to the first Irish game last week.
— At 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, the Irish took the court at the Greensboro Coliseum for a 45-minute shooting session. A team mass is scheduled for Wednesday evening as well. Based on the result of opening-round action Tuesday, Notre Dame now knows it will play the winner of tonight’s Miami-Virginia Tech game in the 9 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal.