So who is this Old Dominion team that the Irish men will face?

The Irish men's basketball received a number six seed for the NCAA tourney and will open against #11 Old Dominion Thursday at 12:25pm ET in New Orleans.

So what are the Irish facing in Old Dominion? The Monarchs won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference championship, entering the Big Dance with a 26-8 record.

"I'm aware they're a very good team, very old, very senior laden," Irish captain and senior Luke Harangody explains. "I think we've learned before, since when me and Tory were freshmen, always take your opponent seriously, and we'll definitely do that going into this game because they're a very good team."

Harangody is referring to Notre Dame's loss to Winthrop in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. In 2008, the Irish defeated George Mason in the first round. George Mason is also in the same conference as Old Dominion.

But Old Dominion is a much bigger challenge.

"They're a Big East team, and we have to prepare for them like they are," junior Carleton Scott says. "So, if we prepare correctly, we'll be fine."

Old Dominion owns a victory over Georgetown this season as well and has a very balanced attack with just one player averaging double figures. That's Gerald Lee who is scoring nearly 15 points a game.

"They've got big east physicality," Irish coach Mike Brey explains. "They're old. They've won for awhile, really can rebound the ball, West Virginia style."

Brey says the Irish will continue to run the burn offense and feels it can be successful against the Monarchs.

"We're going to play our style that's been successful to us, but I think the big thing is can we defend and physically withstand the banging that they're going to bring."


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