Elite again: Notre Dame tops Wisconsin in Sweet 16

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 25: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates with his team after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers with a score of 56 to 61 during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (March 25, 2016) – Another NCAA Tournament contest for Notre Dame, another thriller.

What did you expect?

After shooting a dismal 7-for-29 (24%) in the first half, the Irish offense came alive, going for 16-for-28 (57%) in the second en route to a 61-56 win over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

V.J. Beachem led the Irish (24-11) with 19 points, while Zach Auguste recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

With the win, Notre Dame is in the NCAA Elite Eight for the second season in a row, the first time the program has accomplished that feat since 1978-79. The Irish await the winner of the #1 UNC vs #5 Indiana matchup in the national quarterfinals.

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