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The Irish were trying to become the first team to capture the title in their home state since Stanford won in Los Angeles in 1992. There definitely was a home feel for Notre Dame with two-thirds of the 17,473 people in the arena wearing green and gold, hoping for the school’s first championship since 2001.

At least Diggins will be back next season.

“You lose that last game, you just get motivated to come back and work a little bit harder and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” McGraw said. “So I think it will be a really good motivator for us.”