ESPN's resident "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi -- has the Fightin' Irish of Notre Dame playing in the EAST REGIONAL as a #6 seed -- playing a #11 seed Saint Mary's in the First Round at Auburn Hills, MI.

"WHEN" the IRISH win -- they would more than likely play Michigan State in the Second Round...

Of course, we'll find out for real tonight -- who the IRISH will play and where.

Here is Lunardi's latest Bracketology:

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