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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Southeastern Louisiana Lions

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Bonzie Colson dropped a career high 37 points in Notre Dame’s win over Dartmout. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — Coming off a 10-point victory over the Dartmouth Big Green in their last outing, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be closing out their non-conference slate against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Thursday December 21st at the Purcell Pavilion.

This will be the first meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Lions, but the seventh between Notre Dame and a member of the Southland Conference. Notre Dame is 6-0 against teams of the Southland, with the last win coming against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, where Rex Pflueger tipped in the last second bucket to propel the Irish to victory.

Thursday’s contest will be the final game before the players travel back home to spend the holiday season with their families.

Let’s take a closer look inside this match-up:

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Notre Dame Slides Past Dartmouth Behind Bonzie Colson’s Career Night

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Mike Brey is now 2-0 against Dartmouth in his tenure at Notre Dame. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bounced back from their over time loss to the Indiana Hoosiers by beating the Dartmouth Big Green on Tuesday night, 97-87.

Notre Dame is now 6-0 in their all-time series against Dartmouth, and has improved to 9-3 on the season.

The Fighting Irish have had a rough past few games. They have recently been kicked out of the AP Top 25  and are struggling to find their identity. The struggles continued for the Irish, but it seems every team that plays Notre Dame gives a little more effort than normal.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Dartmouth Big Green

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Notre Dame fell to the Indiana Hoosiers in their last outing, 80-77. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, In. — After a three point loss to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to shift gears quickly to Dartmouth, as the Big Green are traveling to South Bend for a Tuesday night match-up inside Purcell Pavilion.

This will be the sixth meeting between the Irish and the Big Green, with Notre Dame holding a 5-0 lead. These two teams last met back in 2011, when the Irish rolled past the Big Green, 65-47.

Per ESPN, Notre Dame has a 97% chance to win this game against Dartmouth, but the Fighting Irish cannot afford to take the Ivy League school lightly. The Irish should have blown out Indiana, as they were the better team, but they continued to let them back in it. Notre Dame can’t afford to let any of their opponents back in it, regardless of how weak they may seem.

After the struggles they have had in their last few non-conference games, Notre Dame must give the same attention to the Big Green as they would teams like the Duke Blue Devils.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens

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T.J. Gibbs guarding Ball State’s Tayler Persons in Notre Dame’s 80-77 loss to the Cardinals. (Source: The Associated Press)

South Bend, IN. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hitting the road to Delaware to take on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens after their last-second, buzzer-beater loss to the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday.

This game could be seen as a welcome home party for Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, who began his head coaching career in Delaware before starting his tenure in South Bend.

Brey coached the Fightin’ Blue Hens from 1995-2000, going 99-51 in five years, leading them to two NCAA Tournament appearances and two America East Championships.

Delaware is currently 4-5 on the season, losing their most recent game to the Buffalo Bulls, 75-72, and are coached by Martin Ingelsby, who was an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish from 2009-2016.

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Notre Dame Slips Against Ball State; Is It Time To Panic?

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Matt Farrell played 39 minutes and scored 14 points while dishing out 8 assists in their 80-77 loss to Ball State. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — With 10 seconds left on the clock, the score tied at 77 and the ball in the hands of Ball State‘s Tayler Persons, the Cardinals’ leading scorer drained a last-second three pointer to shock the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inside the Purcell Pavilion, 80-77.

Prior to the 10th meeting between the Irish and the Cardinals, Notre Dame had claimed victories in all nine previous games, with their last win coming back in 1976.

Notre Dame has never let Ball State come close to ever upsetting them. Yesterday was a different story.

This might be a wake up call for the Irish, who got outmatched by the Michigan State Spartans two games ago, had some struggles against the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers, and have now lost to the Ball State Cardinals.

ACC play is fast approaching, and some changes might have to be made.

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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Ball State Cardinals

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Bonzie Colson will be back in the line up after being ejected from Sunday’s game against St. Francis (Brooklyn). (Source: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will not get much of a break before returning to the court Tuesday night, as they will host the Ball State Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Notre Dame is coming off a 71-53 win over the St. Francis (BKN) Terriers, a game that saw them lose both Bonzie Colson and Head Coach Mike Brey towards the end of the game due to ejections. Colson was ejected for a flagrant two foul, while Brey was thrown out for disagreeing.

It made for an interesting Sunday!

Ball State, on the other hand, is currently 4-4 on the season, and the Cardinals are coming off of a win against the IUPUI Jaguars, 83-64.

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