As most of you know in early November the Irish are set to play in Maui, and against some very tough opponents. The opposition includes Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, Oregon, St. Joe's, and Texas. A very prestigious group of teams to say the least. I really hope the Irish get shot at North Carolina. A Harangody-Hansbrough game would have the media in a frenzy! Also it would give Luke Zeller a chance to play against his going to be freshmen brother, Tyler Zeller who signed with the Tar Heels. And with Ben Hansbrough on the bench this year, he will be able to see his brother play against his team. It would be one big family re-union and one great game. A Maui Tournament win could almost guarantee a play-off birth for the Irish.
UCLA has just recently announced their full schedule and guess who is in it? Yup, Notre Dame. On December 2nd, right in the thick of ruthless conference play, the Irish will head on over to the west coast for a game against the Bruins. The Bruins had an amazing season last year finishing in the top 5 and making it to the Final Four as a 1 seed. UCLA will have a good chunk off their team back and will be strong once again. I will be looking forward to this game as well.
Just announced recently, the Irish have been slated for a double-header on December 6th. The Irish will play Ohio State while Indiana, with new evil coach Tom Crean, will play Gonzaga. These games are to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
I am assuming that these will be the main non-conference contests, but I could be wrong. Once the Big East figures out the conference game dates and the full schedule is announced we will find out.