Irish, Valpo and Butler Make the “Big Dance”

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Notre Dame has earned its sixth NCAA tournament bid in the last seven seasons. The seventh-seeded Fighting Irish will face No. 10 seed Iowa State on Friday in the West region. No. 24 Notre Dame lost to No. 4 Louisville on Friday in the Big East tournament.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Butler faces Patriot League champion Bucknell on Thursday in the East region of the NCAA tournament. The sixth-seeded Bulldogs are coming off a loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals. Butler is two years removed from back-to-back NCAA title game appearances, while Bucknell upset powerhouse Kansas in the 2005 tournament.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Horizon League tournament champion Valparaiso opens NCAA tournament play Thursday as a No. 14 seed. The Crusaders will play No. 3 seed Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Spartans are coming off a loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament.

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