Irish well-rested heading into NCAA Tournament

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The Notre Dame women's basketball team learned Monday they will be the #1 seed in the Chicago regional in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. It is the eighth-straight year the Irish are a top seed, the longest active streak in the country.

The defending champs are in prime position to make another deep run, not just because of their draw, but also because of their rest.

Notre Dame hasn't played competitive basketball since thrashing Louisville, 99-79, to win the ACC Tournament Championship on March 10th. By the time the Irish take the court this Saturday for their first round game against Bethune-Cookman, it will have been 13 days since they last played.

Since that game, the team took some time off, and is now rested and recharged for what they hope will be another title run.

"We had a week off with the ACC Tournament, so it's going to be fun to play this weekend," Irish junior guard Jackie Young said. "Again, at home, in front of all our fans, it's definitely going to be fun."

"I love that we get to rest," Irish women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw said. "I think it's been really good for us. It's been that way for the last ten years or so, so we've gotten accustomed to having a little break before the tournament starts."

#1 Notre Dame opens tournament play Saturday morning against #16 Bethune-Cookman at Purcell Pavilion. Tip off is at 11am.