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Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing the Indiana Hoosiers

Rex Pflueger and the Fighting Irish will look to move to 4-3 all-time at the Crossroads Classic with a win over Indiana. (Source: Matt Cashore – USA Today Sports) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

INDIANAPOLIS, In. — Another year is in full swing, and another edition of the Crossroads Classic is upon us.

For the last six seasons, the Butler Bulldogs, Purdue Boilermakers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Indiana Hoosiers have all ascended on BankersLife Fieldhouse for a two-game showcase. With two teams from the Big Ten, the Hoosiers and Boilermakers alternate opponents each season. The 2017 edition marks the seventh edition of the event, and it shouldn’t disappoint.

Notre Dame and Indiana enter Saturday’s showdown with identical 3-3 records in the event. The Hoosiers hold a 2-1 edge over the Fighting Irish in their head-to-head match-ups. They last met in 2015, with the Hoosiers scoring an 80-73 win over Notre Dame.

On Saturday, both teams will be looking for a big win that could get them back on the right track after some shaky moments early in the 2017-18 season.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of their showdown as part of the 2017 Crossroads Classic.
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Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Kevin Anderson scored a season-high 23 points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to lead Delaware past ninth-ranked Notre Dame. (Source: Mark Campbell – Delaware Athletics) (Header: Notre Dame Athletics)

NEWARK, Del. — For the first time since 2000, Mike Brey was on the sideline as a coach inside the Bob Carpenter Center.

Only this time, he was coaching against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Brey and the ninth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in town for a non-conference match-up in front of close to 5,000 fans in snowy Newark.

Brey led the Blue Hens to the NCAA Tournament in both 1998 and 1999, and is a member of the UD Athletics Hall of Fame. Fans were excited about his return to the sideline, regardless of what team he was coaching for, as he helped the team become a name on the national scale during his time as the head coach.

Delaware’s current head coach, Martin Ingelsby, was an assistant under Brey for 13 seasons after playing his senior year at Notre Dame for coach Brey in 2000-01. The two agreed to the game due to their long ties to one another, and it didn’t disappoint.

For the majority of the first half, Delaware put another scare into the Fighting Irish, who were coming off a loss to the Ball State Cardinals in their last outing. But, Notre Dame found their groove towards the end of the first frame, and pulled away in the second for the 92-68 win in Brey’s return to Newark. Continue reading Notre Dame Rolls in Mike Brey’s Return to Delaware, 92-68

Notre Dame Slips Against Ball State; Is It Time To Panic?

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Matt Farrell played 39 minutes and scored 14 points while dishing out 8 assists in their 80-77 loss to Ball State. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — With 10 seconds left on the clock, the score tied at 77 and the ball in the hands of Ball State‘s Tayler Persons, the Cardinals’ leading scorer drained a last-second three pointer to shock the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inside the Purcell Pavilion, 80-77.

Prior to the 10th meeting between the Irish and the Cardinals, Notre Dame had claimed victories in all nine previous games, with their last win coming back in 1976.

Notre Dame has never let Ball State come close to ever upsetting them. Yesterday was a different story.

This might be a wake up call for the Irish, who got outmatched by the Michigan State Spartans two games ago, had some struggles against the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers, and have now lost to the Ball State Cardinals.

ACC play is fast approaching, and some changes might have to be made.

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Three Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss to Michigan State: Guys Need To Step Up

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Matt Farrell went scoreless in the first half before finishing with 10 points and 7 assists. (Source: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, IN. — A loss was bound to happen eventually for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and they suffered their first blemish of the season on Thursday night, losing 81-63 to the Michigan State Spartans in the final game of the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Just as the Fighting Irish were coming off of a tournament championship win, beating the then sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers, Michigan State also found success in early tournament play, winning the Victory bracket of the inaugural PK80 Invitational against the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

In their game against the Tar Heels, the Spartans showed dominance both defensively and offensively, which transitioned into their tilt with the #5 team in the country Thursday night.

Michigan State threw Notre Dame off their offensive rhythm they showed during the Maui Invitational, keeping them out of the paint, limiting their points on the fast break, and forcing them to take unbalanced shots. The Irish were no better on defense, as their transition defense failed to stop the Spartans, and they were out-manned down low with Michigan State getting too many second chances.

While it is one loss and it came from a team that one could argue is the best in the country, Notre Dame is starting to show us who they really are.

Here are three things we learned about Notre Dame in their loss to Michigan State.

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No. 3 Michigan State Cruises to 81-63 Win Over No. 5 Notre Dame

Cassius Winston recorded 17 points and seven assists to guide Michigan State past Notre Dame on Thursday night, 81-63. (Source: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — On Thursday night inside the Breslin Center, the third-ranked Michigan State Spartans led wire-to-wire against the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, picking up a big 81-63 win to close out the 2017 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

It marks the second win for Michigan State over a top ten team in a five-day span, as they knocked off the then ninth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday to win the Victory Bracket of the PK80 Invitational, 63-45.

Michigan State got contributions from all 11 players who checked into the game, nine of which recorded at least two points in the win. Sophomore guard Cassius Winston led the way with another all-round performance, recording 17 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.

Fellow guard Joshua Langford tied Winston for the team-high in scoring with 17 points of his own, while Miles Bridges chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.

Senior forward Bonzie Colson led the way for the Fighting Irish, who had four players score in double-figures in the loss. Colson finished with 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Continue reading No. 3 Michigan State Cruises to 81-63 Win Over No. 5 Notre Dame

No. 3 Michigan State Hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The last time that Michigan State and Notre Dame squared off was December 3rd, 2014. The Fighting Irish picked up the 79-78 win, in overtime, behind 27 points from Jerian Grant. (Source: Detroit Free Press) (Header: Notre Dame Insider)

EAST LANSING, Mi. — For the third time this season, the Michigan State Spartans will take on a top-10 team when they host the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday night inside the Breslin Center.

When the 2017-18 schedules were announced, Thursday’s match-up between the Spartans and Fighting Irish was one that most had circled on their calendars. Both teams were expected to be ranked comfortably in the top 25, but little did we know that this would turn into a top-five game when it tips off.

Michigan State and Notre Dame will be meeting for the 97th time, but Thursday marks just their second meeting since 1979 campaign. The last time the two teams met was back in 2014, with the Fighting Irish picking up a 79-78 win in overtime over the 14th-ranked Spartans in South Bend as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Fighting Irish hold a 60-36 edge all-time against the Spartans, and are 25-22 in East Lansing. Thursday will be the first time that Notre Dame has played inside the Breslin Center, as the last time they were in East Lansing (1979), the Spartans played out of the Jenison Fieldhouse. Continue reading No. 3 Michigan State Hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge