Notre Dame hoops slides to No. 10 in AP poll

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Two really good wins, including one on the road in overtime, weren't enough to offset what many view as a bad loss, albeit in conference play, for the Notre Dame men's basketball team.

Winners of 16 of their previous 17, including five straight, the Irish lost on the road for the first time Saturday to unranked Pittsburgh. That capped a stretch of three games in seven days, which included an overtime victory at North Carolina State and a home win over No. 4 Duke.

At 20-3, 8-2, Notre Dame slid two spots to No. 10 in the latest Associated Press basketball poll.

Duke, maybe somewhat surprisingly, remained at No. 4. The Blue Devils are in fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Notre Dame is slotted a No. 3 seed in ESPN's latest NCAA tournament Bracketology with an opening-round game against UC-Irvine in Pittsburgh.

The Irish return to action Wednesday at home against Boston College.

Notre Dame power forward Zach Auguste looks to pass as Pittsburgh's Derrick Randall defends during Saturday's game.AP Photo/KEITH SRAKOCIC