when you can look at the NCAA first/second round games in advance and pretty much be assured that your team will be a top 4 seed which likely means they will be as close to South Bend as possible. i.e. not getting shipped out to Sacramento or wherever.
I say this as a Kansas fan...we always know, barring a really unforeseen event, that KU will be very close to KC...likely Omaha, Tulsa, KC or Des Moines in the first two rounds (cujaysfan will remind me of OKC and Northern Iowa to which I will politely respond with "fu cujaysfan")
Contrast this with a Creighton who never knows if they will make it in to the tourney, much less where they will be sent for the opening weekend.
It's a different level that a program achieves. Congrats to ND on getting there.