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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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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