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Three Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss to Michigan State: Guys Need To Step Up

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Matt Farrell went scoreless in the first half before finishing with 10 points and 7 assists. (Source: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — A loss was bound to happen eventually for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and they suffered their first blemish of the season on Thursday night, losing 81-63 to the Michigan State Spartans in the final game of the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Just as the Fighting Irish were coming off of a tournament championship win, beating the then sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers, Michigan State also found success in early tournament play, winning the Victory bracket of the inaugural PK80 Invitational against the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

In their game against the Tar Heels, the Spartans showed dominance both defensively and offensively, which transitioned into their tilt with the #5 team in the country Thursday night.

Michigan State threw Notre Dame off their offensive rhythm they showed during the Maui Invitational, keeping them out of the paint, limiting their points on the fast break, and forcing them to take unbalanced shots. The Irish were no better on defense, as their transition defense failed to stop the Spartans, and they were out-manned down low with Michigan State getting too many second chances.

While it is one loss and it came from a team that one could argue is the best in the country, Notre Dame is starting to show us who they really are.

Here are three things we learned about Notre Dame in their loss to Michigan State.

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A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

Jashaun Agosto and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have fought back in each of their two games this season, but their comeback efforts have fallen short both times. (Source: Brooklyn Daily)

BROOKLYN — The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have started 2017-2018 season with an 0-2 record after opening weekend.

However, it’s nothing to worry about, and there are some key takeaways from this past weekend.

Raiquan Clark had a career high on Friday night, with 34 points to go along with seven rebounds. It looks as though Clark is ready to take on a starring role on offense this year without Jerome Frink on the roster. Continue reading A look at Opening Weekend for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

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

Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

Brandon Goodwin and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will be flying high once again in 2017-18. Can they recreate the magic from their Sweet 16 run from back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? (Source: Naples Herald)

CALGARY, Alta. — As soon as the 2016-17 season came to an end, the 2017-18 season became the focal point for fans all across the country.

Everyone has made some sort of snap judgment about how things will play out next season, with the major books verified by analysts at Sports Betting Dime focused on odds for the major contenders, or pretenders, of the power conferences.

But, what about the teams that fill the role of ‘Cinderella’ each and every season? These are the teams that captivate a nation as they make their incredible runs through the NCAA Tournament, knocking off power conference foes with each passing game as the field dwindles down.

Every year, fans get on the bandwagon of certain teams, with the hope that they make a deep run in March. It’s never too early to pick a Cinderella team, and we’ve got four of our own teams who will put a serious scare into power conference teams over the course of the upcoming 2017-18 season. Continue reading Four teams who will put a scare into power conference opponents this season

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