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Fighting Irish rout Pilots, 88-59

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Bonzie Colson finished with 19 points in Notre Dame’s 88-59 win over Bethel College. (Source: NDInsider.com)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got their second victory in the preseason as they took care of Bethel College, 88-59, extending their all-time exhibition win streak to 36.

This result comes after the AP Poll announced their preseason Top 25, in which the Irish were slotted at number 14 in the nation.

It was a strong showing for the Irish, one that saw four players reach double figures and some big performances from some key players that will need to step up this season.

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Notre Dame’s Nikola Djogo Ready To Blossom In 2017

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Nikola Djogo (left) guarded by Rex Pflueger (right) during Notre Dame’s summer workouts. Credit: Blue & Gold Illustrated

Hamilton, ON- Sometimes in life, we tend to want stuff now. In a fast-paced society, where traffic jams are seen as agitators or waiting for a meal at a restaurant is too much to handle, we need to remember one simple fact of life.

Patience is a virtue.

Life is not a sprint, but rather a marathon, and no one believes that more than Notre Dame‘s Canadian wingman Nikola Djogo. Continue reading Notre Dame’s Nikola Djogo Ready To Blossom In 2017

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

RECAP: Notre Dame knocks off #14 Florida State behind Colson’s 33-point game

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To the media, Notre Dame’s victory over the Florida State Seminoles may have been an upset, but to the Irish, they know they are one of the elite teams in the ACC regardless of their recent four game losing streak.

Notre Dame knocked off the Seminoles 84-72 behind their electric home crowd, getting the Irish back on track after a rough start to the month of February.

Saturday was a sight for many new things such as Steve Vasturia laying down a monster dunk, Irish basketball fans tailgating in February, Temple (TJ) Gibbs entering the starting lineup and Bonzie Colson entering the 1,000 point club at Notre Dame.

With Mike Brey still struggling to find that key 5th member of his starting line up, the coach decided to go to a four guard starting five, giving the freshman, Temple Gibbs, his first start of his career.

“Playing big guys, that maybe overrated!” said a laughing Coach Mike Brey.

The rising freshman entered Saturday’s game averaging 5.3 points and two assists. Gibbs has had five double digit scoring games this season with his last big performance coming against Duke in which he recorded 12 points. Gibbs also had a big game the last time the Irish faced the Seminoles as he scored 12 points.

Notre Dame lost part one of the two game series between the Seminoles, as the Fighting Irish only lost by three in Tallahassee back in January.

The Irish have since fell out of the AP top 25 after a tough four game losing streak, but looked to seek revenge over the #14 Florida State Seminoles with their home crowd to back them up.

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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 sits atop the ACC with win over Clemson

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(Photos courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics)

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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