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How Notre Dame still can earn a top-four seed in NCAA Tournament

Notre Dame is running out of chances to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume. Every bracketology currently has the Irish as a No. 5 or No. 6 seed, which is bad if they want to host the first two rounds. Recent losses to Louisville and NC State haven’t helped, and their most recent wins have done little more than keep their needle where it is.

The Irish currently have an NET Ranking of 10th and a NET SOS of 25th. Their next two opponents are lowly ones in Clemson and Boston College, so while it’s important that they win those games, they won’t help their resume. All eyes will be on their last two regular-season games against ACC-leading Virginia Tech and Louisville, which have respective NET Rankings of 14th and 23rd.

So what does this mean for the Irish’s ever-decreasing chances to gain a No. 4 seed or better for March Madness? As I have a couple of times already, here’s what my friend Lucas Mitzel had to say while also giving out some additional NET Rankings:

Where are the Irish at with their current ACC Tournament seed?

“If the season ended today, Notre Dame’s conference tournament path would be the winner of Virginia-Pitt (Virginia is 65, and the likely opponent. Not great, but a win would obviously be good).”

Who would await in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals?

“They’d get another crack at NC State then (12). A win there, especially if they finish 3-1 the rest of the way, would be huge.”

So a 3-1 finish to the regular season is the goal then?

“Yeah, my gut says go 3-1 the rest of the way and at least make the ACC title game. See what happens when the next Top 16 comes out though.”

Anything else we should look out for in the NET Rankings?

“Honestly, the team that I think might get jobbed based on the numbers right now? LSU. They’re currently ninth, but their SOS is 60th, and the rest of their schedule doesn’t do them any favors unless they win the SEC (or maybe if they go deep).”

Story originally appeared on Fighting Irish Wire