March 15, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) No. 5 seed Notre Dame (25-9) vs. No. 12 seed Princeton (23-6)

First round, West region; Buffalo, New York.; 12:15 p.m. EDT.

BOTTOM LINE: The Fighting Irish are the nation's only team to reach the Elite Eight in each of the past two years, and their six tournament wins over that span are a school record. Notre Dame rebounded from a four-game skid to win eight out of 10, and coming off a loss to Duke in the ACC Tournament final on Saturday.

DOUBLE-THREAT BONZIE: Notre Dame junior Bonzie Colson was the ACC's only player to average a double-double this season. He is scoring 17.5 points a game and ranks 15th in the nation in averaging 10.2 rebounds.

TIGER BY THE TAIL: Princeton has won 19 straight, which is the second-longest streak in the nation. And the Tigers are succeeding despite losing two key senior forwards - Hans Brase (knee) and Henry Caruso (toe) - to season-ending injuries.

CRAMMING: As if studying up on the Fighting Irish isn't enough, Princeton players have also spent the week prepping for midterms. They include senior forward Spencer Weisz, who had a Business Leadership midterm following practice on Wednesday.

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This story has been corrected to reflect Notre Dame losing to Duke in the ACC final instead of semifinal.

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