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Irish senior class on verge of tournament history

Notre Dame forward V.J. Beachem (3) high-fives guard Matt Farrell (5) and forward Bonzie Colson (35) during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Virginia during the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in New York. Notre Dame won 71-58. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The NCAA tournament is often referred to commonly as March Madness, but this tournament has been anything but maddening for Notre Dame over the past three years. The Irish have been a blast for fans to follow, and their success in the tournament has changed the way the program is viewed nationally, and there are three players that are primarily responsible for that: the senior class of Steve Vasturia, VJ Beachem, and Austin Torres.

When the Irish knocked off Princeton in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, they won their seventh NCAA tournament game over the last three years, a feat only once before equaled in Notre Dame history, and that was by the class of 1979 almost four decades ago. With one more win in buffalo on Saturday, Notre Same's senior class can own a program record all to themselves.

"Extremely proud I think, especially even after not being in the tournament freshman year." said Vasturia, "It shows we've had some pretty good success as a group and I think we have a great opportunity ahead."

A victory over West Virginia on Saturday would not only be the eighth tournament for this group of seniors, but it would also send the fighting Irish back to the Sweet 16 for a third year in a row.

You can watch Notre Dame play West Virginia at noon on WSBT 22, and Pete Byrne is in Buffalo to bring you post-game reaction on WSBT 22 News.


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