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They Must Protect This House

Notre Dame has lost twice in its last three games played inside the Purcell Pavilion. Tonight's guest Villanova rides a two-game winning streak over top five foes and is fully capable of dealing the Irish tell-tale defeat No. 3 in South Bend.

At 16-4 and 4-3 in Big East play, Notre Dame doesn't technically face a "must-win" situation tonight. With 10 conference games remaining thereafter, there's too much time and opportunity at hand to panic following defeat, or to exhale after victory. But make no mistake, tonight's 6 p.m. (ET) tilt vs. recent giant-killer Villanova (13-7, 4-3) has significance. Should the Irish lose, it would be...

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