When has it not been this way for Notre Dame?
that they deserve higher seeds than ND. Despite ND's high SOS and RPI, ND has 5 losses, 2 of them are bad losses (Michigan and UNC) ND seems to be seeded correctly. The biggest issue is the NCAA's focus on travel/flights for first round games, thus having Denver travel to ND. It's a tough first round match-up, but if ND survives that, I think Albany is a winnable game.
We made our bed.
I have no clue on Albany, though.
With regard to Denver - we should all be pretty familiar that we're facing one of the game's greatest coaches ever, one of the game's best FOGOs, and a school in Denver that loves having ND's number. We certainly have our work cut out for us, but teams win championships by beating good teams. We just gotta do it.
I realize they lost their conference tourney but they have been Top 3 ranked all year.
So if you go by current rankings (better than the committee), Notre Dame has to play #3 (Denver) for a chance to play #4 (Albany) - this should be a Final Four, not the 1st 2 rounds
They really don’t have a great win. They should be 9-12 ranked, right where they are. The NCAA travel guidelines slot them to ND.
Tournament, being a partial member wouldn't have been an issue. We had a couple of bad losses, including to Michigan for Heaven's sake.