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Irish eyes are crying

For the best Notre Dame team in decades, Sunday's season-ending loss to FSU came all too soon. Stifling defense and surprising offense helped the Seminoles sour a winning season for Big East player of the year Ben Hansbrough and the Irish.

Updated: March 21, 2011, 12:24 PM ET
By Sarah Spain

CHICAGO -- Sunday night the vocal Fighting Irish faithful outnumbered FSU fans at the United Center by at least a 75/25 margin. With big pockets of green all over the stadium, it felt like a home game for Notre Dame; a fact that made the 71-57 loss all the more painful.

"It's the last time," said senior forward Tyrone Nash. "There's no more practice, no more anything, you know."

He said the Irish got the shots they wanted, but "the basketball gods wasn't on our side today."

Nash ...

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