Although the Irish didn't get their first #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 1979, they did get the gift of being able to play their first two games at the United Center in Chicago, just 96.2 miles from the Joyce Center. The Irish will play on Friday and potentially Sunday in Chicago.
If they get by #15 Akron in round one, they'll play the winner of the #7 Texas A&M/#10 Florida State game.
Purdue sits as the #3 with Big East rival Georgetown as the #6 in the Southwest bracket, one of which the Irish will likely have to beat in order to reach the Elite 8, which will be played in San Antonio.
Kansas was awarded the #1 seed in the Southwest region and enters the tournament as most experts pick to walk away with the national championship.