Posted March 25, 2013 on AP on Fox
It's hard not to view Notre Dame's NCAA tournament draw as the worst among the top seeds. Instead of playing at home like Baylor, Stanford and Connecticut, Notre Dame was shipped off to Iowa City. On Tuesday night, they'll face ninth-seeded Iowa in the second round in front of a hostile crowd of as many as 10,000 people. This would be a much bigger problem if the Fighting Irish weren't so good on the road. Notre Dame (32-1) will put its perfect road record on the line against the Hawkeyes (21-12). The Fighting Irish have won at Connecticut, Tennessee and everywhere else in this remarkable season, and they're confident they can do the same at Iowa. ''I think we've been road tested and we're battle tested,'' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. ''We have gone to a lot of tough places on the road. So we know what that's going to be like.'' What's made the Fighting Irish perhaps the best team in the country outside of Baylor is their depth. Notre Dame's ability to overwhelm an opponent was on display in an impressive blowout of Tennessee-Martin on Sunday. The undersized Skyhawks decided to let tiny guard Heather Butler shoot at will, and the 5-foot-5 Butler exploded for 37 points against the Big East champions. It hardly made a dent against the Fighting Irish. Four players scored in double figures, led by Jewell Loyd's 27 points and Kayla McBride's 22 points and 10 rebounds, as Notre Dame cruised to a 97-64 victory. ''Offensively, we were on. We shot the ball extremely well. Eight turnovers in the game, and you know, I thought it was a very good game considering we had not played since, I think 11 days since our last game,'' McGraw said. ''I thought we would be a little rusty but we really came out and looked sharp.'' Few expect the inconsistent Hawkeyes to beat Notre Dame, despite their home court advantage. But Iowa has shown it could make things tough on the Fighting Irish. The Hawkeyes have been an enigma all season - but they're tough to beat when they're on. Iowa went just 8-8 in the Big Ten season, included five straight losses from late January until mid-February. But the Hawkeyes are also 7-3 against opponents who were ranked when they played them, including West Virginia, Iowa State, Texas and Purdue. Iowa showed glimpses of both sluggish and stellar play in toppling Miami in its opener. The Hawkeyes got behind by as much as 34-27 and looked lethargic despite the support of nearly 7,000 Iowa fans - third-best among the 16 opening-round sites. But a few positive plays swung momentum back in Iowa's corner, and the Hawkeyes won 69-53. ''To be honest, I just think we have the ability to turn it on when we are playing good teams,'' Iowa senior center Morgan Johnson said. ''We normally play to the level of competition. If that happens, that's going to be awesome for us.'' Iowa isn't as deep as Notre Dame, but the Hawkeyes have multiple players that can give defenses fits. Johnson and guard Jaime Printy, also a senior, can be a very effective inside-outside combination. Sophomore Samantha Logic is averaging 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists, and she had 23 points in the win over the Hurricanes. ''Iowa has some post shooters and a big presence overall. They are a smart team and run a motion offense. It's just about playing team defense,'' Loyd said. The Hawkeyes will seek to build off the energy provided by their crowd and seize control early. But that won't last forever, and Iowa knows it will have to make a number of huge plays to pull off what would be a massive upset. ''We just have to play in control, whatever we do,'' Logic said. ''We're going to look to push when we can, but you can't force too much against them. You can't give them any extra opportunities.'' --- Follow Luke Meredith on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LukeMeredithAP
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Notre Dame Football To Wear Camo Uniforms In 2013

Lost in the madness that is March, is the fact that Adidas will make camo uniforms for Notre Dame football in 2013. After mixed reviews over the the uniforms that Adidas made for the basketball team, they felt it would be best to wait to announce it until later this summer. It will be a one game thing and that means we could see it either against Michigan or in the Shamrock Series...

No. 2 Notre Dame 97, UT-Martin 64

Jewell Loyd scored 27 points and top-seeded Notre Dame blew past Tennessee-Martin 97-64 on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Kayla McBride had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (32-1), who have won 27 straight heading into Tuesday's second-round matchup with either Iowa or Miami. Natalie Achonwa added 16 points. Heather Butler scored 23 of her...

Te'o lowers his 40 time at Notre Dame pro day

Manti Te'o ran a little better on his home field than he did at the NFL combine, lowering his 40-yard dash time by more than a second during Notre Dame's pro day. The Heisman Trophy runner-up posted a best time of 4.69 on Tuesday, bettering the disappointing mark of 4.82 he put up at the combine in Indianapolis last month. Te'o says he was pleased by his performance...

Notre Dame wins final CCHA championship

DETROIT (AP) -- Notre Dame is the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association champion. The Irish, heading to Hockey East for the 2013-14 season, beat Michigan 3-1 on Sunday in the CCHA's final championship game. All of the CCHA's teams have found other conferences to play in next season, making the CCHA's 42nd season its last. Michigan, along with Michigan State and...

Michigan falls to Notre Dame in final CCHA Championship game

History was made at the Joe Louis Arena today but unfortunately for the University of Michigan, they fell on the wrong side of it… twice. After an impressive 6-2 victory over Miami (OH) Saturday, the Wolverines fell to Notre Dame 3-1 in the final CCHA Championship game as the conference will cease to exist next season. Michigan though struck first in the opening period as Derek...

Update: Manti Te’o Runs An Unofficial 4.71 40-Yard Dash At Notre Dame’s Pro Day

Update: Te’o's two unofficial times are now 4.71 seconds and 4.75 seconds, per ESPN and Rivals. Unofficial time, Manti Te’o runs 4.71 40-yard dash at Notre Dame Pro Day (Te’o ran 4.82 at NFL Combine) — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2013 Manti Te’o posts 40-yard dash times of 4.71 and 4.75 at Notre Dame’s Pro Day. — Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals...

Davonte Neal To Transfer From Notre Dame; The Reasons & The Effect

Davonte Neal is going to transfer from Notre Dame to, most likely, a Pac-12 school. The news was broke on Twitter by Jason Sapp of Blue & Gold Illustrated: BREAKING: Davonte' Neal transferring from #NotreDame. All the details inside... (VIP) bit.ly/ZpfQQD #ND #Irish — Jason Sapp (@BGI_JasonSapp) March 27, 2013 The reason is one that may sound somewhat familiar...

Around the Farm: Fogarty and Notre Dame win final CCHA Mason Cup

Steven Fogarty (2011 3rd) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated Boo Nieves (2012 2nd) and the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 3-1 in the final CCHA Championship game. The loss ends Michigan’s season, as they needed to win the CCHA and earn the automatic bid to quality for the Frozen Four.  With the loss, Yale takes the final at-large big. Both Nieves and Fogarty were scoreless...

Report: Davonte’ Neal To Transfer From Notre Dame

Photo via UND.com Notre Dame has been hit by the transfer bug. Just a few weeks ago, it was former five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel announcing that he would be leaving South Bend and looking for another place to play. Today, Jason Sapp of Blue & Gold Illustrated is reporting that rising sophomore Davonte’ Neal will be leaving the program as well — it is a surprising move...

Manti Te’o won’t attend the NFL draft

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o won’t be in attendance at this year’s NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. #NotreDame LB Manti Te’o has turned down 2 invitations to be in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 NFL Draft, per sources — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2013 Even though...

LB Te’o improves 40 time at pro day

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o improved on his combine performance and felt a sense of relief to ease some concerns about his athleticism.

Hayes gives junior day experience high marks

Notre Dame commit defensive lineman Jay Hayes talks about the highlights of his first Notre Dame experience, including taking in practice, talking with the coaches about where he'll play on defense, and breaking down his favorite part of the day.

Cal commit Koa Farmer still solid

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame defensive back Koa Farmer is one of the top safeties in the West and spent the weekend at Cal for the Bears Junior Day.

The First Five Fit

Demarest N.J., defensive end Andrew Trumbetti's recent pledge gives Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly a quintet of athletes on which to build his 2014 recruiting class. Irisheyes.com offers its initial "Recruit Fit" column for this cycle with a breakdown of Trumbetti, Jimmy Byrne, Jay Hayes, Justin Brent, and Greer Martini (pictured), and where each of the fives fits...

Ragnow Discusses Recent Visits

Chanhassen (Minn.) class of 2014 offensive tackle Frank Ragnow talks about his Notre Dame and Northwestern visits, which he took before heading to Michigan and earning MVP honors at the Adidas Invitational.
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.