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Irish look to keep hold on 2nd in Big East

Notre Dame will play its first home game in 17 days when the No. 9 Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) tip off against Seton Hall (11-16, 5-10) in a less than an hour in Purcell Pavilion.

The Irish went 2-1 on a three-game road swing and are coming off a 94-93 victory over Providence in which Friars guard Marshon Brooks scored a league-record 52 points.

Seton Hall doesn't have a player that score like Brooks, but the Pirates do have a dangerous offensive weapon in Jeremy Hazell.

The senior guard is averaging 18.9 points, and he became the Big East's all-time three-point leader when he hit 4 of 12 threes in a loss to Marquette last week.

Hazell's 192 three-pointers moved him past former Notre Dame guard Colin Falls, who had 189 three-pointers in his career.

Still tonight shouldn't be much of a problem for the Irish, who need a victory to keep second place in the conference to themselves.

Notre Dame would stay a game in front of St. John's, which defeated Villanova 81-68 earlier today to move to 11-5 in league play.

The Irish are gunning for a double-bye in the Big East tournament, and a win tonight against one of the league's bottom five teams will keep them on track.

Prediction: Notre Dame wins by at least 15.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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