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Notre Dame seeded No. 7, will face Xavier

By Rick Gano

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 11 2012 5:10 p.m. MDT

Louisville's Chane Behanan (24) defends Notre Dame's Scott Martin (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big East Conference tournament in New York, Friday, March 9, 2012.

Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

Notre Dame got a No. 7 seed Sunday in the NCAA tournament and will face Xavier on Friday in the South Region at Greensboro, N.C.

The Irish (22-11) put together a nine-game winning streak and went a surprising 13-5 in the Big East this season despite losing star Tim Abromaitis to a knee injury after he played just two games. Notre Dame lost in the conference tournament semifinals to Louisville.

Xavier (21-12) got an at-large bid on Sunday after losing in the Atlantic 10 tournament finals to St. Bonaventure.

A Notre Dame victory could pit them against Duke, where Irish coach Mike Brey spent eight seasons as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski from 1987-1995.

Notre Dame hasn't been to the round of 16 since 2003.

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