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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball: Fan Satisfaction Plummets As Tourney Hopes Fade

Newest SBNation FanPulse poll offers insight on Irish and opponents.

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Fan sentiment toward the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team has plummeted as the team’s NCAA tournament chances grow dimmer.

Forty-one percent of self-identified Irish fans told SBNation’s FanPulse earlier this week that they are satisfied with the direction of the basketball program, down 23 percent from the prior week. The 41 percent represents the lowest satisfaction rate in five weeks.

Since the last poll was conducted, the Duke Blue Devils demolished the Irish (16-10, 7-8 ACC). Notre Dame also escaped with a home win against the North Carolina Tar Heels (10-16, 3-12 ACC).

The Irish host the Miami-Florida Hurricanes (14-12, 6-10 ACC) on Sunday evening, then travel to Chestnut Hill to play the Boston College Eagles (13-14, 7-9 ACC) Wednesday.

Here are the confidences of fans who support opponents’ programs:

Poll respondents were also asked to name their player of the year. The top three named players were Dayton FlyersObi Toppin (25 percent), Iowa HawkeyesLuka Garza (14 percent), Kansas JayhawksUdoka Azubuike (11 percent).