Aug. 6, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
A potential rematch from the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Sweet 16 contest between the University of Notre Dame and Wichita State University men’s basketball teams could come as soon as this November.
The matchup between the two squads would take place in the title game of the 2015 Advocare Invitational as pairings for the 10th annual event were announced today. This year’s eight-team field will feature five teams – Notre Dame, Wichita State, Xavier, Dayton and Iowa – that played in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 68-team field. This year’s Thanksgiving weekend event is set to take place Nov. 26-29 in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The other four teams in the tournament include Alabama, USC and Monmouth.
Notre Dame and Wichita State are on opposite sides of the bracket that sets the two teams up for the potential matchup in the championship tilt on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 pm (ET) in game that will be broadcast by ESPN2. The Irish defeated the Shockers 81-70 in the Midwest Regional semifinals on March 26 to advance to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1979.
This will be the second time Notre Dame has played in this event, formally known as the Orlando Classic. The Fighting Irish captured the title in 2010 with a victory over Wisconsin.
Notre Dame will open up the tournament on Thursday Nov. 26 at 6:30 pm (ET) against Monmouth. The contest will be shown on ESPNU. It will mark the sixth meeting between the two schools (Notre Dame has won all five previous contests). The last matchup took place on Nov. 11, 2012 with the Irish earning an 84-57 victory.
The Irish will face the winner of the Iowa-Dayton contest in its second game which will take place on Friday, Nov. 27 at either 9:00 pm (ET) on ESPN2 or at 6:30 pm (ET) on ESPN3. Notre Dame and Iowa have met on 14 occasions with the Irish holding an 8-6 advantage in the series. The last meeting between the two teams took place in Iowa City in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge as the Hawkeyes came away with a 98-93 victory. The Irish and Flyers have not played each other since 1995 in Dayton (a 73-63 win for the Flyers). Notre Dame leads the all-time meeting between the two schools 28-12.
Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the AdvoCare Invitational website.