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.
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.
After taking down the Pittsburgh Panthers on New Years Eve in over time thanks to a clutch last second three pointer by senior captain Steve Vasturia, the #22/23Notre Dame Fighting Irish opened ACC play 1-0 to start the New Year, but needed to turn their attention immediately to the #9 Louisville Cardinals.
Despite the Irish trailing in the all time series against the Cardinals, 14-20, Notre Dame has won the last five meetings against Rick Pintino’s squad with their last meeting being February 13th, 2016 in which the Irish won 71-66 at home.
The series between the Irish and the cardinals have been notorious for going into over time, with nine of the series’ 34 games going into over time. The most notable over time game between these two rivals was back in February of 2013, where the Irish and the Cardinals duked it out in five overtimes, before Notre Dame finally secured the win 104-101.
Louisville has been off to a hot start to the 2016-2017 season with their most notable wins coming from the then #15 Purdue Boilermakers (now ranked #20), #6 Kentucky Wildcats and #16 IndianaHoosiers, while only losing to the now #2 team in the country Baylor Bears by three and the #12 Virginia Cavaliers.
Another tough matchup for Irish head coach Mike Brey and his squad that will not get any easier. Securing a win against the Cardinals, followed by another home win against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday before heading to Miami could give the Fighting Irish the momentum needed to tackle their three game road trip against prominent ACC opponents.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.
With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!
You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.
The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.
The 2016 NBA Draft Combine has come and gone, and players are now going through individual workouts with teams as they look to leave their mark in advance of the 2016 NBA Draft. Teams are looking for someone to jump out at them during the workouts, and who are worthy of having their name called on June 23rd.
Several of the players who are going through the individual team workouts are underclassmen in the NCAA who declared for the NBA Draft early. Some of these players have already signed with an agent, thus ending their collegiate careers, while others are pondering their options and could return to school next year.
The deadline for a player to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to school is May 25th. Some players, like Malachi Richardson (draft) and Abdul-Malik Abu (returning to school), have already made their decisions, among several others.