Irish, Badgers gain serious bracket cred

Updated: February 14, 2011, 4:31 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

Welcome to a special Valentine's Day edition of Bracketology. In honor of the occasion, there are several teams in Monday's bracket not receiving enough love on the national scene. We've rectified that by seeding them according to achievement, not reputation.

Here goes:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame finally has a ranking (No. 7) commensurate with where we've been seeding it for several weeks. The Irish remain a No. 2 seed on our board thanks to the second-best record in the brutal Big East and a national-best eight RPI top 50 wins. In particular, Notre Dame's victories over Georgetown and Wisconsin give it the seed edge (for now) over those two other schools.