Last year, Notre Dame advanced to the second round before running up against West Virginia. Notre Dame is also 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Not every team can make the 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament, so here's a rundown of the biggest snubs from the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The Irish just missed making the NCAA tournament.
The Irish (20-14) will host No. 8 seed Hampton (19-15) on Tuesday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET in Purcell Pavilion. This one likely stings for Irish fans given Notre Dame won the regular season matchup on the road without Colson and Farrell.
"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February". "But I had prepared them for the NIT the last month. I'm heartbroken, but it wasn't unexpected once I saw Davidson win today", Brey said Sunday.
"Notre Dame was a unique situation from the standpoint that they had a couple kids that they played without for part of the year", Rasmussen said Sunday. "He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game".
The Fighting Irish's RPI of 33 was the third highest of teams that were left out, behind Saint Mary's (26) and Louisville (30).
When Notre Dame lost to Miami in the final week of the season ti set up a scenario where the Irish needed to either beat #1 ranked UVA in the season finale or win at least three games in the ACC Tournament to ensure their selection.
"Obviously, it sucks", senior guard Matt Farrell said.
By the way, remember when Notre Dame beat Syracuse on their own court without their best two players and then Syracuse got in over the Irish?
Coming into his senior season, Colson was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, the Blue Ribbons Preseason National Player of the Year and Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News and The Athletic. "The NIT was never the goal - nobody wants to play in it - but since we're in it, we're going to try and make the most out of it and win the whole thing". They really weren't interested, it was really a tough end to a season. Notre Dame's most recent appearance in the NIT was in the 2008-2009 season, when the Irish lost to Penn State in the tournament's semifinal round.