Irish men's basketball team prepares for first big test.

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email
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After knocking off Cornell over the weekend the Notre Dame men's basketball team now prepares for its first big test of the season. The Irish will head to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes.

Excluding their early slip up in game three of the season when Mike Brey's squad fell to Indiana State, the Irish have been playing solid basketball this season. The only problem is that they haven't faced a real challenge.

That all changes this week when 5-1 Notre Dame travels to 7-1 Iowa. The Hawkeyes are currently ranked twenty third in the country after their loss to a good Villanova team in over time.

"We got our hands full," head coach Mike Brey said. "They are a really good Iowa team. Hot. Confident. It is 'Black Out Night' so they are going to be wearing their black jerseys. We are wearing our whites on the road. They have been waiting for us. Fran [McCaffery] has done a great job with that program. They are big. They can score. This is a great test."

Brey knows plenty about what they will see from Iowa, but has questions about what to expect from his own team.

"Who is this group on the road?" Brey asked himself. "Our program has historically been pretty darn good on the road and this nucleus of veterans has done it. But, we have got some new faces and new roles. Who are we going to be on the road Tuesday? This will be a great challenge for us. I am excited for the opportunity to see who we are."

Tip off Tuesday night is set for 9:15 and the game can be seen on ESPN 2.


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