Notre Dame never got it going this year and barring a stunning run in the ACC Tournament, will miss the real tournament, which makes four empty efforts in a row as the Irish would have been on the outside looking in last season. Things have definitely been better in South Bend for Mike Brey, who is embroiled in the worst campaign during his 21-year tenure. He knows it and the fans know it, treating the coach to a chorus of boos and pleas for her termination after last evening's stinker against North Carolina State.

Brey took the beating in stride and graciously said he understands the frustration. But I tend to agree with WSBT's Pete Byrne, who pointed out an obvious truth: the guy deserves better.

Brey has piloted Notre Dame to 12 NCAA Tournaments, won a regular-season and conference crown, made the second round 10 times, and the Elite Eight twice. He's won over 64 percent of his games and turned the program into a staple of the Top 25 poll. One of those trips deep into March ended at the hands of an unbeaten Kentucky team, 39-plus minutes of incredible basketball that turned into a footnote instead of a historic upset by a few bad bounces.