Mike Brey spoke Friday about Fighting Irish fans crushing St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo, but joked they must make sure to get bailed out of jail in time for Saturday's 12:10 p.m. tipoff.
Brey's players were the ones who looked bleary.
West Virginia swung the shillelagh at Key Bank Center, pounding out a 10-0 start to clobber Notre Dame, 83-71, and advance to the Sweet 16.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, perched on his trademark barstool when he wasn't stalking the sideline, could've enjoyed a pint while his Press Virginia defense forced 14 turnovers.
Those were the most Notre Dame turnovers since it flubbed a season-worst 18 at Florida State on Jan. 18.
Notre Dame committed only six turnovers Thursday against Princeton and had gone nine straight games with single-digit giveaways.
The Irish had 10 by halftime.
Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter scored 22 points and made all but one of his five three-point tries. The Mountaineers outscored the Irish by 20 points when Carter was on the floor.
Poor shooting prevented Notre Dame from crawling back.
V.J. Beachem, a forward averaging 15 points a game and 38 percent from three-point range, made two of his 14 shots, one of his nine attempts from the arc.