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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Notre Dame 28, Seton Hall 21 at the half

By Dana O'Neil

NEW YORK -- The most bubble-icious of today's Big East slate is not exactly going as I expected. Notre Dame and Seton Hall ordinarily aren't shy about scoring -- the Irish average 77 points per game and the Pirates 80 -- and they aren't typically terribly interested in playing defense. Instead we're on pace for a game in the 50s. Headscratcher there.

There's a lot more on the line for Seton Hall than the Irish. The Irish are in the NCAA tournament right now, albeit tentatively, while the Pirates are still trying to earn a spot. A loss here would end their hopes.

Before we tip off for the second half, here's a few thoughts about the first 20 minutes: