PITTSBURGH, Pa. — If the 2017-18 season wasn’t rocky enough for the Pittsburgh Panthers, the start to the off-season has pushed it over the edge.
The Panthers went 0-18 in ACC play, leaving them as the only Division I team to not have a conference win on the year. Pittsburgh went 8-24 for the season, giving them a 24-41 record in two seasons under Kevin Stallings.
Stallings, who took the job at Pittsburgh after time with the Vanderbilt Commodores, was fired as the Panthers’ head coach after two seasons. While Pittsburgh hasn’t hired a replacement for Stallings as of yet, whoever does accept the role will have their work cut out for them.
Since their first meeting, which took place before the New Year, both Notre Dame and Georgia Tech won against their next two opponents. The Fighting Irish knocked off both the NC State Wolfpack as well as the Syracuse Orange, whereas the Yellow Jackets took down the then-#15 Miami Hurricanes by 10 points, followed by the Yale Bulldogs.
SOUTH BEND, In. — With their top two players out and zero wins at the Carrier Dome in over 10 years, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a tough match-up against a very athletic Syracuse Orange team, who had wins over teams like University of Connecticut, Georgetown and Virginia Tech in non-conference play.
SOUTH BEND, In. — After beating the NC State Wolfpack by 30 points without their top two scorers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to move to 3-0 in conference play on Saturday January 6th when they take on the Syracuse Orange.
Tip off is set for 3:15 PM, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
SOUTH BEND, In. — Now that the holiday season has come and gone, conference play has arrived in the college basketball world, and for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, their first game was against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who they defeated 68-59.
Coming into this game, the Yellow Jackets were 6-6 on the season, with some close losses to a variety of small school teams. To most, a team with a 6-6 record may not scare people. But, considering the history of close games that the Irish and Yellow Jackets have had, Georgia Tech was capable of beating a 10-3 Irish team.
Regardless of their losses to lesser competition, Georgia Tech brought their A-game against the Irish, who have been very successful against the Yellow Jackets at home.