INDIANAPOLIS -- Rattled by consecutive losses to three teams ranked among the nation's top 10? Not Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps.

"We did a lot of good things with our press and zone. Our transition game was as well as it's been all year. That's a good sign," said Phelps.

The Irish (2-3) will try to snap their losing streak in today's Big Four Classic against unranked Kentucky (2-0).

"Obviously the last three games, playing against some of best competition in the country, that's only going to help us be a better basketball team."

The Irish lost to No. 2 Arizona and No. 8 Duke before their 70-67 loss to No. 10 Indiana on Wednesday. The Hoosiers (3-1) play No. 25 Louisville in Saturday's opener at the Hoosier Dome.

Last year, Kentucky lost to Indiana, 71-69, and Louisville beat Notre Dame, 84-73.

"Everybody's very happy with the success this has achieved," Phelps said of the Big Four Classic.

"It's obvious for all four schools it has become one of the highlights of college basketball that probably can't be duplicated, because of the Hoosier Dome, the enthusiasm of basketball in Kentucky as well as Indiana. To have 45,000 show up every year shows how much people love college basketball in this part of the country."

Phelps, whose team led Indiana by 10 points at halftime, said the three straight losses won't affect his team against Kentucky.

"Our kids will be fine. They'll bounce back," he said. "We did some pretty good things {against Indiana}. If we can put two halves together like that, then I think these other things will start to fall in place."