After losing to Louisville in the Big East tournament, Notre Dame took the second seed and will play Akron Friday. Both teams have a lot of similarities and the Irish’s coach Mike Brey compared the two teams.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey was asked to compare Akron, his NCAA first-round opponent, to another team he’s seen this year. He gave an easy answer.

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Brey says the Zips look a lot like Brey’s very own Irish.

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They have veteran players, including five who have appeared in 100-plus games. They also rely heavily on 3-pointers and can also pitch it inside and score from there.

Second-seeded Notre Dame will be playing its first game since a disheartening loss last week to Louisville in the Big East tournament semifinals. The Irish and Akron play Friday in Chicago.

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