Read the title again and let it sink in. At one point the Fighting Irish were ranked #7 in the entire country. Now they are going to be sitting out the NCAA Tournament.
This team lost seven straight Big East games at one point but still managed to find itself back on the bubble after a dominating performance over eventual Big East regular season champion Louisville.
Tonight they came out flat against West Virginia in the second round of the Big East Tournament and found themselves in a hole they couldn't climb out of. It was kind of like a metaphorical look at Notre Dame's season because all year it seemed they were in a hole they couldn't quite climb out of.
And now they won't be playing in the NCAA Tournament. The CBB Awards (which I will release soon) will officially bestow the honor of the most disappointing team in the country this year, but I will go ahead and tell you that it should be Notre Dame. You don't go from top ten to out of the NCAA Tournament overnight like the Irish did.
I hope Luke Harangody returns because if he does I think Notre Dame plays a lot more determined next season. This year it seems like they were stuck on losses and couldn't move past them, which led to more losses.
The happiest people on the planet tonight? The NIT board. They now get Stephen Curry (more than likely), Georgetown, and Notre Dame which are all three usually spotlights of the NCAA Tournament.