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Keeping their eyes on the prize

Late-season tear helps Notre Dame to No. 6 seed in NCAA tournament

Updated: March 15, 2010, 11:08 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | Special To ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey removed his blinders on Sunday and surveyed the scene, one which was in stark contrast to the brown, dead landscape surrounding the Fighting Irish in mid-February.

With a dialed-back "burn" offense slow-cooking up an improbable resurgence, Notre Dame peeled off six wins in seven outings and went from a team 100 miles upwind of the NCAA tournament bubble to a stone-cold, bracket lock.

Or so it thought.

Perhaps ...

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