A date in Nashville with undefeated UConn for the women's basketball national championship seems destined for undefeated Notre Dame but the Irish aren't looking ahead.
Yet, they are more than pleased with their placement in the NCAA Tournament, staying close to home to open the big dance.
The undefeated Irish will open up against 16th-seeded Robert Morris in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at 1:30pm in Toledo. Should Notre Dame win, they will face Arizona State or Vanderbilt Monday in the Round of 32.
Notre Dame is the top seed in their own region and is the only No. 1 seed that potentially wouldn't have to play an opponent on the opponents' home floor to advance to the Final Four.
Baylor is the No. 2 seed, Kentucky is the three seed and Purdue the four in the Notre Dame Regional.
The Boilers are a potential Sweet 16 opponent for the Irish in South Bend should both teams advance. The Boilers will host #13 Akron at 1:30pm Saturday in West Lafayette. Should they win, Purdue will face #5 Oklahoma St or #12 Florida Gulf Coast on Monday.
Notre Dame swept through the Atlantic Coast conference in its first year in the league, winning the regular season title and the conference tournament.
Irish seniors Kayla McBride, Natalie Achonwa, and Ariel Braker have made the Final Four the past three seasons, advancing to the championship game in 2011 and 2012 but have yet to win the NCAA Title. All three say anything less than winning it all will be a disappointment.