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Irish are No. 7 seed, head to Dayton

Notre Dame is heading to the NCAA tournament for a fourth year in a row.The Irish (25-9) are the No. 7 seed in the West Regional. They will open play against No. 10 seed Iowa State at Dayton.Notre Dame is making its ninth NCAA appearance under coach Mike Brey.The Irish are 6-9 in the NCAA tournament under Brey with their deepest run coming in 2003 when Notre Dame reached the West Regional semifinal before falling 88-71 to No. 1 seed Arizona in Anaheim, Calif.Last year, Notre Dame was a seventh seed and fell in the second round to No. 10 seed Xavier 67-63 in Greensboro, N.C.Notre Dame is coming off a run to the semifinals of the Big East tournament with wins over Rutgers (69-61 Wednesday) and Marquette (73-65 Thursday). The Irish lost to tournament-champion Louisville 69-57 Friday.It was the Irish's final run in the Big East tournament as they will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.For more on where the Irish were placed in the NCAA tournament, read Monday's Journal Gazette or return to after 3 a.m.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.