NCAA tournament finally here for defending national champion Notre Dame

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — It’s been 356 days since we were last here, at this point in a season, with the Notre Dame women’s basketball team.

In the NCAA tournament.

A whole baseball season slipped past. Same for college and professional football. Summer, fall, winter, all gone. The time changed. Twice. The calendar cartwheeled into a new year. Resolutions were made and likely quickly broken. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush went from the starter to the backup to the former Irish quarterback.

It’s been a grind, and sometimes a burden and maybe even a little bit of a bore. But at last, the Irish have arrived at this spot, their spot, prepared to chase the school’s third national championship.

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Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale looks at her phone between interviews in a locker room during the NCAA Tournament first round media access on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Notre Dame in South Bend.