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Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

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The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational will feature four of the nation’s top programs, bringing exciting basketball to Sin City early in 2018-19. (Source: Michigan State Athletics) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It’s only fitting that four of the biggest programs in all of college basketball ascend on Sin City for a two-day event.

During the 2018-19 season, that’s exactly what will happen at the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The event will take place over Thanksgiving on November 22nd and 23rd at the Orleans Arena. The ‘city that never sleeps’ will give its residents and visitors alike another attraction to enjoy for two days.

On Thursday, the field for the 2018 edition of the event was released, and it will be a star-studded affair to say the least. Four of the nation’s biggest programs will bring their talents to Las Vegas for the event.

The Michigan State Spartans, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Tar Heels will all vie for the tournament title when the time rolls around. They will also be looking to bolster their tournament resumes with some quality wins early on in the season.

Here’s an early look at all four teams in the event heading into next season. Continue reading Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Notre Dame Basketball: Previewing Round Two With Georgia Tech

SOUTH BEND, In. — Fresh off of a come-from-behind win against the Syracuse Orange, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in action on January 10th for round two against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

These two teams first met on December 30th, 2017, where the Irish came out victorious, 68-59, and started their conference slate 1-0.

Since their first meeting, which took place before the New Year, both Notre Dame and Georgia Tech won against their next two opponents. The Fighting Irish knocked off both the NC State Wolfpack as well as the Syracuse Orange, whereas the Yellow Jackets took down the then-#15 Miami Hurricanes by 10 points, followed by the Yale Bulldogs.

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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 Stays Out of the Fire and Lands Four-Star Power Forward Nate Laszewski

Notre Dame landed a commitment from Class of 2018 power forward Nate Laszewski, who will bolster a young front court with the departure of Colson and others after the ’17-18 campaign.

South Bend, IN. — A lot has happened in the world of college basketball in the last 72 hours, and the season hasn’t even started.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that 10 people, consisting of assistant coaches, agents, shoe brand executives etc., have been charged with fraud and corruption involving the recruitment of student athletes.

Players have de-committed, coaches have been arrested and fired, but for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they managed to stay away from the fire and instead, added a key piece to their recruiting class of 2018.

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Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

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The 2017 NBA Draft is set to take place Thursday night and two former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout will look to either hear their name be called out or to sign with a club following the draft.

But if you were to look up some NBA mock drafts, you will find that majority of these predictions leave Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out of the draft.

It may be shocking to see these two names off of NBA mock draft lists considering they helped lead Notre Dame to their first conference championship in program history, back to back elite eights, 12 conference wins in 2016 in what some may say is the most challenging conference in the nation and another trip to the ACC conference final.

Vasturia and Beachem even held their own against top prospects like North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke Blue Devil’s Luke Kennard and Florida State Seminoles’ Jonathan Isaac.

So what is the problem then?

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RECAP: Notre Dame Sends Vasturia and Beachem Out With A Win

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(Source: Notre Dame Athletics)

Wednesday night was a bitter sweet night when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Boston College Eagles. On one hand the Fighting Irish solidified their spot in the double bye club in the up and coming ACC tournament and are still in the hunt to share the regular season title with North Carolina.

The Irish also won their 12th league game and sent seniors Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out with a win; something the two of them both deserved considering what they accomplished in their Notre Dame career.

“Couldn’t have script it any better”, said Head Coach Mike Brey following the game. “Two seniors have fun, you can take them out of the game to a standing ovation with a minute and a half left…certainly a great way to finish our season in front of our home crowd”.

Wednesday was the final night that the Irish home crowd would see Vasturia and Beachem suit up in the Purcell Pavilion. Lucky for the Irish (no pun intended), they still have a minimum of three games left to see these two Irish players play; but let’s hope it’s more than the minimum. Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame Sends Vasturia and Beachem Out With A Win