Notre Dame coach Mike Brey joined Jim Rome as the Irish look towards Friday’s matchup against Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament. Brey said after losing their first game in last season’s tournament, he feels this team is much better prepared this time around.
“I do feel this group’s ready,” Brey said. “Last year, as a younger backcourt, they played older than they were in the regular season for us to get a 7 seed, but we were up 10 against Xavier and couldn’t finish.”
A year later, the coach says his team is more experienced and polished, but the key to their success rests on a trio of upperclassmen.
“There’s no question between Jack Cooley, (Jerian) Grant and (Eric) Atkins we will go as far as those 3 guys take us,” said Brey.
As for what uniforms the Fighting Irish will be wearing, Brey said they aren’t putting their lime green camos back in the closet.
“Adidas showed them to me in Chicago, the day of our Miami football game down there,” says Brey. “I said I love them. They were like, Really? You are going to go for it?’ I said we need to go for it.”
Brey admits they’re not very popular with anyone over 25, but he doesn’t care.
“My players love them,” said the Irish coach
Not only his current ones, but future Notre Dame players do, too.
“We got a McDonalds All-American here in town, Demetrius Jackson. Two nights after we broke them out, he sends me a picture – he bought one at Dicks, and he had it on and took a picture of himself,” said Brey and added. “So you can tell why we are going to keep them on for a while.”