After winning the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Chicago State Cougars, beating them 91-60 and improving to 6-0 on the season.
The Cougars came out swinging at the beginning, leading the Irish 10-6, until a three pointer by sophomore forward Matt Ryan sparked the offence.
The Irish went on a 21-2 run that included five three pointers from the sophomore.
Ryan would hit his sixth three late in the first half and finish with with 23 points, shooting 50% from beyond the arc, grabbing three boards, and recording three assists.
The Irish went into the locker room with a comfortable 51-30 lead, and were looking to seal the deal early in the second half.
Notre Dame would quickly put the game away and were no match for the Cougars, shooting 51.5% from the field, and 45.9% from beyond the arc. The Fighting Irish would win my 31 points, with the final score being 91-60.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took home some hardware Tuesday night after taking down the Northwestern Wildcats; becoming the 2016 Legends Classic Champions.
The matchup was set Monday night, after the the Wildcats took down the Texas Longhorns, 77-58, and the Irish took care of the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-83.
With the previous three games being cake walks, the Irish had yet to face an opponent from a power five conference. With their win against Loyola (MD) the Irish were headed to Brooklyn, New York to square off the Colorado Buffaloes for a spot in the championship.
The Buffaloes are coming off a 2015-16 season which ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament and return a roster capable of beating the Irish.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added another one to the win column Friday night, sporting their new bright green alternative jerseys, as they took down the Loyola (MD) Grey Hounds.
It was another blow out victory that begun with the Irish trailing 10-6 early in the first half, in which the Irish quickly responded. A quick three pointer by point guard Matt Farrell and lay up by captain VJ Beachem put the Irish back into the drivers seat at 11-10.
From that moment on, the Irish led the entire game and closed out the first half leading by 14 points.
Notre Dame opened the second half with their sights on putting the Grey Hounds away. With the score at 40-27, the Irish went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 20 points.
The Irish would eventually win the contest by 35 points with the score being 83-48 and improving to 3-0 on the season.
This was the Irish’s 3rd consecutive double digit win in which they have won by at least 25 points or more.
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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off a strong season that included another trip to the Elite 8, where they eventually fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels, 88-74.
Despite the preseason praise for the program, 2015-16 season started off slow, with early losses to both the Monmouth Hawks and Alabama Crimson Tide. But, the Fighting Irish built momentum after a win against the Duke Blue Devils inside Cameron Indoor Arena, and three straight victories that included the Tar Heels, the Clemson Tigers, and the Louisville Cardinals.
This year, the Irish are without 2nd Team All-ACC guard Demetrius Jackson, now with the Boston Celtics, and big man Zach Auguste, who signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With that said, the ‘Golden Domers’ return an experienced roster with a variety of players who received valuable minutes last season.
The backcourt will be lead by senior captains Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem, as well as junior Matt Ferrell who will assume the point guard role now with Jackson gone. Ferrell appeared in 28 games last season, with four starts in the NCAA tournament.
Look for sophomore guard Rex Pflueger to aid the Irish in perimeter shooting.
The front court will be lead by 6-5 forward Bonzie Colson, who has great quickness and toughness that more than make up for being an undersized forward.
With Auguste gone, the Irish will look for junior Martinas Geben to step up and take over the big man role. Geben has appeared in 38 games in his two years at Notre Dame. Another option at the forward position is sophomore forward Matt Ryan, who has the size to be a force inside while also possessing the ability to shoot the lights out.