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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball: Fan Confidence Rising After Trio of Wins

Newest SBNation FanPulse poll offers insight on Irish and opponents.

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NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men’s basketball team has won three games against lesser ACC competition, which has coincided with an increased confidence in the direction of the team.

Sixty-four percent of self-identified Irish basketball fans surveyed by SB Nation’s FanPulse said they trust that Mike Brey has this group going the right way, up 21 percent from last week’s survey and 13 percent from two weeks ago.

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Notre Dame (14-8, 5-6 ACC) travels to the Palmetto State Sunday for a 6 p.m. matchup against the Clemson Tigers (11-11, 5-7 ACC) before a trip to the Charlottesville for a Tuesday night game against the Virginia Cavaliers (15-6, 7-4 ACC).

Survey respondents were also asked a national question. Which of these six teams — San Diego State Aztecs, Baylor Bears, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Dayton Flyers, Florida State Seminoles and Penn State Nittany Lions — have been the most pleasant surprise?

The 23-0 Aztecs took top honors, while the 20-1 Bears followed close behind.

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