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March 8, 2013

‘My conscience is pretty clear'

Freshman Cam Biedscheid has mixed emotions.

On one hand, his involvement in a fight with Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's Tuesday night will cost him an opportunity to contribute Saturday at Louisville in a game that could have double-bye implications in the Big East tournament.

On the other hand, he believes he reacted in an appropriate manner to what he considered a physical attack.

"I really haven't been thinking about that at all," said Biedscheid of his decision to engage in the confrontation. "I've just been thinking about the fact that I won't be able to play in the Louisville game, and that's a game that really means a lot to me and my teammates.

"We really want to go out and compete and win that game, and I feel like in a way, I'm letting them down by not being able to be there for them. I'm just trying to focus on being there to support them and going to the Big East tournament."

After Biedscheid was ejected, he stormed toward the Notre Dame locker room, pulling his jersey off along the way.

"I was really just mad at the situation," Biedscheid said. "I didn't know what the ruling would be at the time. I was just really frustrated with what happened.

"I didn't find out about (the suspension) until like hours after the game. Coach Brey called me and filled me in on it. I didn't know about that. I was just mad because of what happened."

Like all of his teammates after the game, Biedscheid didn't want to talk about what precipitated the fight with Pointer.

"I'd rather just leave that alone," Biedscheid said.

Asked if he felt he should have responded to Pointer's attack differently, Biedscheid said: "My conscience is pretty clear on the way I handled it. I feel like I handled it the correct way."

So does Irish head coach Mike Brey, who exonerated Biedscheid after the game Tuesday night, and again Wednesday at his regularly-scheduled press conference.

"Under the rule, if you throw a punch, you're ejected," Brey said. "But I'm not going to tell one of my guys not to defend himself when something like that happens. I told him, 'You did the right thing, but you have to sit out.'"

Prodded further to comment about Biedscheid's reaction, Brey said: "I love it. I love it. He was pissed. He should be. He was pissed off. That's okay. I love the kid. He plays with great emotion, and man, we're going to need him for the post-season."

Brey said he hoped that the situation Biedscheid finds himself in would jump-start the freshman, whose performance has been hit and miss since the Big East season began, particularly on the road.

"I feel like the Louisville game was very important to us considering what happened to us the last time in that game," said Biedscheid, referencing Notre Dame's 104-101, five-overtime victory over the Cardinals on Feb. 9.

"We just want to go there and get a win at their place. I feel like it's going to help me go into the tournament with a sense or urgency and be ready to compete."

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