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Start the music, Irish likely to be dancing

Notre Dame can likely strap on its dancing shoes.

The Irish's 63-60 overtime victory at Marquette probably sealed an NCAA tournament berth for a team that two weeks ago was staring at an NIT invitation.

And just as good news as a fourth Big East victory in a row, Luke Harangody is back in the lineup for Notre Dame (21-10, 10-8).

Harangody was not in the starting lineup but entered the game at the 15:12 mark in the first half, scoring an inside basket shortly afterward. He had five points and two rebounds in 11 minutes after missing five games with a bone bruise on his right knee.

Even better, Harangody's presence didn't seem to detract from how the Irish were performing in his absence.

Tim Abromaitis had 18 points and knocked down free throws late to keep Notre Dame afloat, and Carleton Scott hit a three-pointer just before the final horn to send the game into overtime.

Notre Dame scored the first five points of overtime and kept Marquette at pay as the Golden Eagles (20-10, 11-7) made a surge at the end.

Marquette had won four in a row, including three overtime road games, entering Saturday.

Now the Irish get to head to the Big East tournament, which begins Tuesday in New York, looking to improve their seed instead of desperately trying to make a case to get into the NCAA tournament.

And the last bit of good news, Notre Dame finished tied for seventh in the league with Georgetown and will be the seventh seed in the Big East tournament because it holds the tiebreaker over the Hoyas.

And with the seventh seed comes a first-round bye for the Irish, who will face the winner of the game between the 10th-seeded Seton Hall and whoever the 15th-seeded team ends up being by the end of tonight.

Notre Dame's game will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.