Alex Carson | November 1, 2016
A few years ago, Notre Dame had not been to the Elite Eight since 1979. Now, the program has done it twice in as many years, making deep tournament runs in 2015 and 2016.
As his Irish are set to make their 2016-17 debut Tuesday night by hosting Mercy in an exhibition contest at Purcell Pavilion, head coach Mike Brey doesn’t necessarily need to set goals for the squad.
“There’s no question in that locker room, I don’t have to talk about any goals,” Brey said at the team’s media day on Oct. 18. “This group of guys talks about playing past the Elite Eight. That’s awesome when your culture kind of generates that kind of leadership and tone without me getting involved.”
While his players are thinking big, Brey is concerned with his team doing the basic thing that makes an NCAA tournament run possible: qualifying for it.