This will be ND's second game with Northeastern...

The Irish won 72-45 on Nov. 25, 1997, at the Joyce Center and its first contest played at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

I have a humorous story about our first meeting with Northeastern.  It was very common for visiting teams, in all sports, to want to see the Football Stadium.  Northeastern men’s basketball was one of many teams to which I gave a stadium tour.  When we got to the end of the tour, in the top of the press box, virtually all of their players started telling me that they were long-time Notre Dame fans.  They said they always watched our football team on NBC.  They started listing some of their favorite ND players and games.  We were having a great back and forth until their coach REALLY got angry.  He said something like “We came here to BEAT these guys not bond with them” and said “That’s it!  We’re done!”  It was kind of funny.


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