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NCAAs in Buffalo: Notre Dame vs. Princeton

NCAA Tournament first round

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton

Thursday (12:15 p.m.) at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (followed by West Virginia-Bucknell in afternoon session).


Location: South Bend, Indiana.

Miles from Buffalo: 445.

Student population: 12,292.

Nickname: Fighting Irish.

Colors: Gold and blue.

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.

Record: 25-9.

Tournament appearance: 36th.

How they made it: At-large selection.

Coach: Mike Brey (381-186 record in 17 years at Notre Dame)

Fast fun fact: Notre Dame's "Bookstore Basketball" is the largest 5 on 5 outdoor basketball tournament in the world. Over 700 teams compete in the largest extracurricular event on ND's campus, with proceeds benefiting Jumpball Charity, a youth basketball program in Jamaica.

Fast fun WNY fact: Coach Mike Brey's son, Kyle Brey, earned four letters playing football at the University at Buffalo. He played both tight end and fullback and was part of the 2008 Mid-American Conference title team that played in the 2009 International Bowl.

Princeton poses after its Ivy League championship win over Yale on Sunday. (Getty Images)


Location: Princeton, N.J.

Miles from Buffalo: 360.

Student population: 8,138.

Nickname: Tigers.

Colors: Orange and black.

Conference: Ivy League.

Record: 22-6.

Tournament appearance: 25th.

How they made it: Automatic bid as the champion of the Ivy League.

Coach: Mitch Henderson (118-59 in six years, all at Princeton)

Fast fun fact: Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States.

Fast fun WNY fact: Buffalo native Charlie Kwitchoff, a Princeton freshman, broke the 18-and-under world ergometer (rowing machine) record for lightweight rowers this year. He's the latest in a line of Buffalo rowers at Princeton, where Buffalo native Marty Crotty is the men's lightweight coach.

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