Notre Dame will make noise in March

Depth issues aside, the Irish are prepped for a deep tourney run

Originally Published: February 15, 2011
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Ben HansbroughAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesBen Hansbrough and the Irish have the game to go far come NCAA tournament time.

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.