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“Nobody goes through what we go through in this league,” he told SI.com on Friday, after his team beat Notre Dame 53-51 in the semifinals. “I learned a long time ago that I’m not on the committee. But I mean, to think we’re not [a No. 1]? By the time we’re done with this tournament, our strength of schedule is going to be in the top five in the country. We’re going to be in the top five in the RPI. We’ve done everything they say to do and won.
“Who else would have sat in Newark on Christmas Day [before a game at Seton Hall], and then been in West Lafayette on New Year’s Eve [before a game at Purdue]? We went and played people. You ever been in West Lafayette on New Year’s Eve? Trust me — it was only about 26 below.”