What we learned: Dominant, dependable Notre Dame cruises into Sweet 16


No. 7 seed Duke and 5-seeds Colorado and Baylor all won on their opponents’ home court Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16.

Will Monday’s second-round games — every contest is on ESPN Networks and the ESPN App — bring more upsets?

Come back all day for game-by-game analysis as the Sweet 16 continues to take shape, and check out everything we learned from Sunday and how we reseeded every team in the second round.

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Are the Irish one of the hottest teams in the country? They are, having won 10 games in a row, which includes the ACC tournament title. The Irish controlled Monday’s victory over Ole Miss from an offensive and defensive standpoint. They shot 50% from the field and forced the Rebels into 22 turnovers. Ole Miss at its best typically wins the turnover battle, but that wasn’t the case against Notre Dame.

The Irish’s big three of Hannah Hidalgo, Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld combined for 56 points, and Citron had her first double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.

What it means for Notre Dame: The Irish are relying very heavily on their starters; Westbeld and Citron played 40 minutes and Hidalgo 38. But they are pretty used to the heavy workload, so this isn’t new and the Irish have handled it well so far. They will go against a good defensive team in Oregon State that is holding teams to 59.2 PPG.

What it means for Ole Miss: The Rebels finished 24-9 overall and third in the SEC — their highest finish since 1991-92 — at 12-4, their most conference wins in program history. It was another step forward for the program under coach Yolette McPhee-McCuin. — Michael Voepel



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