SOUTH BEND, In. — In the final non-conference game of the year, and the final game before the holidays, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish came out victorious against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 86-50.
This was the 392nd victory for Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey, who is now only two wins away from passing Digger Phelps for the most in program history.
Notre Dame and Southeastern Louisiana met for the first time on Thursday night, with the Irish now claiming the lone victory in the series. The Irish showed defensive dominance throughout the whole game, forcing 16 turnovers, while giving up only six themselves.
While the Terriers are not the flashiest opponent, the game brought plenty of excitement, as Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey and Bonzie Colson were tossed from the game with six minutes left in the second half.
Sunday afternoon’s game marked the first time in 23 years that Mike Brey has ever been thrown out from a game.
The ejections did not concern the Irish one bit, as they handled the Terriers with ease towards the end. But, what should concern the Irish is the fact that the bench continued to under perform, even against an opponent like St. Francis.
MAUI, HI – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been crowned the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitationalchampions, after beating the Wichita State Shockers, 67-66, coming back from a 16-point deficit to take home the title.
The last time these two programs faced each other was in 2015 during the regional semi-final of the NCAA Tournament in which the Irish came out victorious, beating the Shockers in a close one, 81-70.
It was a game that the college basketball world wanted and expected to see on the last day of the tournament: #13 Notre Dame vs #6 Wichita State; two teams that always seem to fly under the radar, but are among the best in the country.
After a week full of basketball games in Maui, this one certainly didn’t disappoint.
After ending their losing streak against Syracuse, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could not end their other drought against the Virginia Cavaliers losing 71-54 at home.
The series between Virginia and Notre Dame may be in the Irish’s favour when it comes to football, but in basketball, the Cavaliers have won the last nine games, with yesterday’s game being number 10.
Before yesterday’s game, the Cavaliers were 9-1 in the all time series, with Notre Dame’s only win coming from the 1980-81 season in which the Irish won 57-56.
Since entering the ACC, Notre Dame has been able to take care of ACC powerhouses like Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina, but have struggled immensely against Virginia.
Yesterday’s loss against the Virginia Cavaliers has taken a hit to the Irish’s position in the ACC standings. Notre Dame and Virginia are now tied for second with North Carolina and Florida State sharing the number one spot.
The undefeated streak has come to an end for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as theysuffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season Saturday afternoon to the defending national champions, the Villanova Wildcats.
A very highly anticipated game that featured two of the last few remaining undefeated teams in the country, looking to make early statements before conference play starts.
During his press conference leading up to Saturday’s matchup, Irish Head Coach Mike Brey talked about the challenge at hand and what he wants to see out of his Irish squad.
“I think ‘Nova has a great mental and physical toughness, you know you just watch what they did down at Purdue, to win that game down there against a heck of a team in a tough atmosphere, there’s where, we’re going to have to be able to match that, I’m interested to see if we are able to match that”.
In the days leading up to the game, Brey reportedly took a shot at the Duke Blue Devils and the media for the endless hype of Duke’s team and their injured freshman super star, while his team remains in the shadows regardless of their impressive start.
The former assistant of Coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke about how the narrative should be around two experienced teams facing each other that have had tremendous starts to the season rather than whether a freshman will come back from injury before or after the New Year.
It is evident that regardless how well the Irish are doing, they will always have a chip on their shoulder, especially coming into Saturday’s game taking on the defending national champions.
The newly ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now 9-0 on the season after taking care of the Fort Wayne Mastodons Tuesday night, 87-72.
This is the best start under Head Coach Mike Brey, and the 4th best in program history.
The Irish have had an impressive start to the season, winning the Legends Classic after taking down the Northwestern Wildcats and Colorado Buffaloes on consecutive nights, and recently scoring a win over the Iowa Hawkeyes by 14 points.
Sunday marked the first time this season the Irish have been ranked in the AP top 25, coming in at #23.
Fort Wayne proposed an interesting challenge to the red hot Irish, as the Mastodons were 7-2 coming into the game. Their most impressive win came against the then-3rd ranked Indiana Hoosiers.
While it would be hard for the Irish to not look ahead at their matchup Saturday against the #1 ranked Villanova Wildcats, Notre Dame could not afford to take Fort Wayne lightly.