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Notre Dame, Texas A&M ready to add another chapter to their NCAA Tournament history

Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw, left, coaches her team during public practice Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 at the Spokane Arena the day before the regional Sweet 16 games kickoff. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw, left, coaches her team during public practice Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 at the Spokane Arena the day before the regional Sweet 16 games kickoff. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Meeting in the NCAA Tournament isn’t new for Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Even if it’s been a few years.

The last time they hooked up was in the championship game in 2011 when Texas A&M prevailed 76-70.

Notre Dame leads the series 2-1.

“I think back to 2011 every day I look at my right hand,” Aggies coach Gary Blair said, showing off the shiny championship ring.

Blair said titles should be celebrated all the time.

“You better enjoy it,” he said. “I don’t think about the game itself. To be honest, I’ve never seen the complete game. I’ve only seen the highlights. One of these days, whenever I do retire, I’ll sit back and watch that whole game and enjoy every minute of it with a beverage or three.”

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw was asked about the game and if she thought about it when she learned the Irish would face the Aggies.

“Yeah, it’s hard not to,” said McGraw, whose team captured a national title in 2001 and has played in four of the last seven finals. “That was a tough one for us.”


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