Saturday, March 30, 2013

NCAA Norfolk Regional: The teams are here!

The four competing teams in the NCAA Norfolk Regional - Notre Dame (pictured above), Kansas, Duke and Nebraska - are spending Saturday going through their paces and meeting the media in advance of Sunday's Sweet 16 games.

During Notre Dame's press conference, Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw was asked about the powerful cross-cultural impact of point guard Skylar Diggins.

"It started in the NCAA Tournament her sophomore year, when we played Tennessee in Dayton," McGraw said. "Lil' Wayne tuned in for the Final Four and of course, I didn't know who he was, but they were pretty excited. He started tweeting about her and instantly celebrity status came. Forty thousand Twitter followers that day, up to 300,000 now. She's a lot more than a basketball player. She brought visibility to the game and the program. She's someone who people want to follow. It's been exciting. Great for the game, great for the kids (girls). Phenomenal role model."

Tournament schedule
Sunday, March 31
No. 1 Notre Dame (33-1) vs. No. 12 Kansas (20-13), 12:04 p.m.
No. 2 Duke (32-2) vs. No. 6 Nebraska (25-8), 2:32 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2
Regional final, 7 p.m.

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