Notre Dame has plenty of connections to Chicago, where it will face Akron in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
Starting forward Scott Martin grew up just more than an hour away from the city in Valparaiso.
Reserve guard Tom Kopko is from Chicago and was a one-time neighbor of President Obama.
Freshman guard Alex Dragicevich is from Northbrook, Ill., and reserve forward Jack Cooley is from Glenview, Ill.
"I can't wait to go home, play in the United Center, I only played there once for high school and it's just incredible to play there," Cooley said. "It's such a great arena."
Just don't expect Cooley to help you get into the Irish's games this weekend.
"I actually don't handle my tickets," Cooley said. "My dad (John) handles all of that. I just give them his number, and he will tell them no.
"… We get six, six is enough for close family. For everybody else, it's a big arena, there are seats every where."