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Irish players try to stay focused

Notre Dame will enter the men's and women's basketball seasons in a conference with an uncertain future.

The Big East has been rocked by the latest round of realignment with the defection of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference in the near future and rumors swirling around Connecticut and Rutgers also looking to leave.

For the players on both Irish teams, the conference talk is something they are trying to block out as the season gets ready to tip off.

"Obviously, the situation is not up to us at all, so there is really not much we can do about it," men's forward Tim Abromaitis said during the teams' media day Wednesday. "We kind of have to just realize that and take it for what it is and just do our part on the court and just leave the rest to everybody else.

"We have our own conversations about what's going on, but we all realize there are a lot bigger forces at play than what we are doing. We are leaving it up to the people in charge. I don't know how it is going to work out, but I'm just thankful that me and (Scott Martin) are here for the Big East the way it is."

Women's forward Devereaux Peters echoed Abromaitis' sentiment that the players can't focus on what they can't control.

"We are just focused on the games," Peters said. "All of that other stuff has nothing to do with us. We can't control any of that. Whoever is here when we start playing the Big East is who is here. We are only concerned about trying to beat them."

Find out what basketball coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw think about how realignment will affect the Big East in Thursday's Journal Gazette, or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.

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