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RECAP: Notre Dame’s Hot Shooting Night Not Enough To Take Down Seminoles

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Notre Dame suffered their first conference loss of the season last night to the top 10 Florida State Seminoles 83-80 but still remain atop the ACC.

The Irish are now 5-1 in ACC play and 16-3 overall despite going 15 for 21 from the three point line; that’s 71.4% in case you prefer percents. They shot better from beyond the arc than the field (46.6%) and were slightly shy from passing their free throw percentage. However regardless of the mesmerizing shooting efforts, Florida State took care of the Irish defensively.

“I think you got to give Florida State a lot of credit”, coach Mike Brey commented following the game, “Their defence bothered us, we turned it over a bunch but they’re athletic and they’re fresh and they move you around”.

Florida State is one of the nations up and coming teams ready to make some noise in March and their performance indicated they are ready to compete in the ACC with the traditional powerhouses.

“The teams that maybe struggled in previous years really at the bottom of the league, they’re much improved and so this is the recipe for 10 bids, 11 bids” stated coach Brey.

The Seminoles have only lost two games this season, one against the Temple Owls at the beginning of the season and another to the #11 North Carolina Tar Heels (now #9) while beating the #21 Florida Gators (now #19), the #12 Virginia Cavaliers (now #16), the #7 Duke Blue Devils (now#18) and now yesterday against the #15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

This was the Irish’s last game before returning home after a three game road series that included Miami, Virginia Tech and now Florida State. The Irish pulled off big wins in both Miami and in Blacksburg, Virginia and were hoping to return home 6-0 in ACC play.

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Louisville’s Quentin Snider to miss 2-to-3 weeks with strained hip flexor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Top 25 teams, hide your point guards!
Hours after Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. was carried off the court in Cincinnati, Louisville junior Quentin Snider will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor, per a press release. The Cardinals are coming off a 78-69 victory over #7 Duke.

Snider, who is Louisville’s main facilitator, fell hard in the second half of the aforementioned win. The homegrown talent remained in the game, despite the fact, and finished with 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Thankfully, surgery is not required and he will need only rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.

The 6’2″ guard is having a career-season in red, black, and white. Snider currently possesses career-highs in every major statistical category, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in 18 games. He is the second leading scorer behind backcourt mate Donovan Mitchell (13.6 PPG) and the only Cardinal to not leave the starting lineup through the first two-plus months.

With Snider out, Rick Pitino will be sans a true point guard and one of his primary scorer. No guard outside of Mitchell is responsible for more than two assists per game while senior Tony Hicks is the highest scoring true backcourt replacement option. Hicks is producing a measly 3 points in just under 10 minutes per game. 

Aside from going big and starting four forwards with the 6’3″ Mitchell, 6’6″ freshman V.J. King could be the benefactor of extra playing time. King, a five-star recruit ranked 23rd in ESPN’s 100, has been disappointing in his first collegiate campaign. The swingman has struggled in limited minutes (13.9) and is producing 6.1 points per game on 41.7% shooting.

Snider’s absence is coming at the worst possible time. Last Saturday’s showdown started a three-game stretch that brings Jaron Blossomgame’s Clemson Tigers to the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday and sends the Cardinals to #10 Florida State two days after. 

15-3 (3-2) Louisville sits fourth in the ACC, two games behind conference leader Notre Dame. 

– P. Wesner

RECAP: Notre Dame Now First Place In The ACC After Win Against Virginia Tech

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With their win over Virginia Tech and Florida State’s recent loss to North Carolina, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now officially first place in the ACC as they improved to 5-0 on the season after a five point win against the Hokies.

Virginia Tech was nationally ranked a few weeks ago after defeating #5 (at the time) Duke, but fell out of the AP Top 25 as a result of two straight losses to North Carolina State and Florida State.

The Hokies are now 13-4 on the season after today’s loss to the Fighting Irish, but have won against prominent basketball opponents in Michigan, Texas A & M, Duke and Syracuse.

Before today’s game, Notre Dame and the Hokies had played against each other seven times with the Irish now leading the series 7-1. The Irish won last years matchup between the Hokies, winning by only two points at home. Virginia Tech hasn’t won against the Irish since the 1973 NIT Championship game.

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RECAP: Notre Dame Ends Miami’s 21 Game Home Win Streak; Become 4-0 In League Play

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For the first time in program history, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4-0 in conference play after ending the Miami Hurricanes 21 home game win streak, beating them 67-62.

This was the 21st meeting between the Irish and the Hurricanes with the Irish now leading the all time series 11-10. Notre Dame had lost both meetings with the Hurricanes last year, losing by nine the first game and 18 points the second.

Miami has had an okay start to the season as they are now 11-4, losing to Syracuse, Iowa State, Florida and now Notre Dame with their most notable wins coming from Stanford and North Carolina State.

Regardless of their win-loss record, Miami possessed a dangerous and athletic roster capable of ending Notre Dame’s streak.

“They’re really physical drivers” said head coach Mike Brey, “they’re athletic and long”.

After three straight home wins against Pittsburgh, Louisville and Clemson, Notre Dame possessed lots of momentum entering this game and looked to find their offensive spark early.

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RECAP: Notre Dame sits atop the ACC with win over Clemson

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now sitting at the top of the ACC standings-next to Florida State-after defeating the Clemson Tigers 75-70 and improving to 3-0 in league play.

This game resembled that of the Notre Dame vs Clemson football game back in 2015 which, like the game in 2015, the Tigers dominated at the beginning but a Notre Dame comeback quickly followed. The only difference between these two games is the Irish sealed the deal Saturday.

This is only the second time in school history in which the Fighting Irish are 3-0 in conference play.

“Great league game” said head coach Mike Brey. “Our will to win and guys that we have with some great mental toughness and fearlessness really delivered at key times, it’s a great trait to have and we are 3-0 because of it”.

With their win over Clemson Saturday afternoon, the Irish improved to 5-0 in their all time series against the Tigers, and 11-0 this season at home.

“Our crowd was fabulous” said Mike Brey immediately following the game. “Our sixth man, they were even better than Wednesday and we needed every bit of them down the stretch”

This was a big game that the Fighting Irish needed to win in order to keep their momentum as they enter a three game road gauntlet that includes the Miami Hurricanes, the 21st-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, and the 12th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

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Roy Williams: Theo Pinson to play Saturday ‘unless he screws it up in practice’

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Roy Williams may be receiving his Christmas present a little late.

Reported by Scout Network’s Inside Carolina, junior Theo Pinson will play versus N.C. State tomorrow evening. The 6’6″ forward missed the first fifteen games of the season with a broken right foot.

“Unless he screws it up in practice, I’ll play him tomorrow,” North Carolina head coach Roy Williams told Inside Carolina.

Pinson, a seven-game starter as a sophomore, produced 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game in an average of 18.7 minutes played last season. He led last year’s group with an assist every 6.5 minutes of action.

Over his collegiate career, the toughest task for the in-state product has been staying healthy. During his freshman season, Pinson missed 14 games due to a broken metatarsal in his left foot. Continue reading Roy Williams: Theo Pinson to play Saturday ‘unless he screws it up in practice’