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Getting to work

Notre Dame played 5-on-5 for about 20 minutes of its 40-minute open practice session at the NCAA tournament in Chicago.

The Irish, who play Akron at 1:40 p.m. Friday at the United Center in the second round, looked pretty crisp throughout the session.

Notre Dame's starting five, wearing white, took on the reserves, wear blue, for most of the 5-on-5. But forward Jack Cooley and guard Eric Atkins played a little with the starters.

In the sequence in this video, Cooley is playing with the blue team, but pay attention to work he does on the offensive glass.

You might also notice that guard Ben Hansbrough and forward Tyrone Nash are both wearing a knee brace. Hansbrough wore his on his right knee, and Nash had one on his left knee.

Neither starter seemed bothered by it, and it appears to be something they only wear in practice as a precaution.

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.