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Notre Dame and UCLA Renew Basketball Series Starting In 2018

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Head Coach Mike Brey and his team during a timeout vs. the Duke Blue Devils. Credit: UND.com

A few days ago it was announced that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be renewing their rivalry with the UCLA Bruins in a home and home game series starting in 2018 and continuing in 2019.

The ‘Golden Domers’ will travel to Los Angeles for the first matchup in 2018, while the Bruins will come to South Bend for the second game in 2019.

Notre Dame and UCLA have not played each other since 2009 in which the Irish came out victorious, winning 84-73.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 26th

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Matt Farrell driving to the basket in their 86-81 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers. Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

July has come and gone, and for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that means the 2017-18 season is one step closer.

The Irish have had an eventful summer so far, from multiple commitments, to transfers, to schedule releases. Summer work outs are coming to a close and soon, the players will be sent home until their return this fall to start a new school year.

Here is a recap of everything that has happened so this off-season. Continue reading Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men’s Basketball Notebook – July 26th

Book Your Flights: Notre Dame Kicks Off The Maui Invitational Against Division II Chaminade

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The 2017 Maui Invitational will run from November 20th-22nd, 2017. (Photo by MGoBlue.com).

The 2017 Maui Invitational Bracket has been set, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, along with other powerhouse programs like the Wichita State Shockers, the Michigan Wolverines and the California Bears will headline the tournament set to commence on November 20th 2017.

Notre Dame’s first game in Maui will be against the host Chaminade Silverswords, with a matchup with either the LSU Tigers or Michigan to follow, depending on a first round win or loss.

While Notre Dame, Chaminade, LSU and Michigan take up the bottom half of the bracket, the top half will consist of the Marquette Golden Eagles, Virginia Commonwealth Rams, California and Wichita State. Continue reading Book Your Flights: Notre Dame Kicks Off The Maui Invitational Against Division II Chaminade

Three burning questions that Notre Dame must answer heading into the 2017-18 season

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Bonzie Colson should be on the short list for National Player of the Year candidates heading into the 2017-18 season.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team is back on campus for summer school, and the 2017-18 season is slowly approaching.

On July 6th, the team held an open practice, giving everyone a first look at the 2017-2018 Irish. The media got a look at players like T.J. Gibbs, who is looking lean and fast, Canadian Nikola Djogo who showed great skill but lacked confidence, and Notre Dame’s new guys on campus who looked good in their own right.

Throughout the off-season, the Irish have a lot of work to do and have questions that must be answered either before the season opener or early on in the season if they want to reach the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Three burning questions that Notre Dame must answer heading into the 2017-18 season

Notre Dame adds Four-Star SG Dane Goodwin to their 2018 recruiting class

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added a third player to their class of 2018 on Wednesday night when 6-4 shooting guard Dane Goodwin committed to the Irish via Twitter

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Michigan State and Indiana highlight Notre Dame’s 2017-18 non-conference basketball schedule

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish released their 2017-18 non-conference schedule Thursday night, with a trip to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans  as a part of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge as the highlight.

Apart from what I am expecting to be another tough ACC conference schedule, Notre Dame will take a variety of past and new opponents in their non-conference slot.

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