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RECAP: West Virginia Sends Notre Dame Home Early; Irish Finish Season 26-10

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are heading home early this year from the NCAA Tournament as their dreams of being national champions came to an end Saturday afternoon thanks to an outstanding all around performance by the West Virginia Mountaineers.

“They’re really good, they’re really good, they got the look, they could play for a while” said Head Coach Mike Brey concluding the game.

Notre Dame was close to being a first round tournament exit on Thursday, after a sluggish performance against Princeton, only beating the Tigers by two points.

But if the past has told us anything, it was that first round matches have always been tough for the Irish. Even when the Irish narrowly lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight back in 2015, they were close to going home early on the first day.

After Thursday’s win and the then thought “tournament jitters” were gone, the Irish were expected to turn it up a notch with a more formidable opponent knocking at their door.

West Virginia proposed a tough matchup with their defensive intensity and their ability to alter offensive rhythm through their tight full court press.

Mike Brey Stated:

“Our start really hurt us, you know we were in a 10-0 hole and you’re kinda digging out against them the whole day, it was hard to get over it. Their style of play is really hard to deal with, I think you know it wore on us at times”.

Continue reading RECAP: West Virginia Sends Notre Dame Home Early; Irish Finish Season 26-10

PREVIEW: Notre Dame begins their tournament journey against Princeton

Bonzie Colson and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up their 2017 NCAA Tournament with a date against Princeton on Thursday. (Source: Michael Shroyer – USA Today Sports)

The #5 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin their road to the Final Four on Thursday March 16th at 12:15 PM when they take on the #12 seeded Princeton Tigers at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo, NY.

Notre Dame is coming off a loss in the ACC tournament finals against the Duke Blue Devils, who made a late push to put the Irish out of reach of their second ACC title.

Regardless of the outcome, the Irish are going dancing, and have been seeded in the West Region.

The quadrant includes teams such as the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the #1 seed, who dominated the West Coast Conference, finishing the season with a 32-1 record, and the Arizona Wildcats, who came away victorious in the Pac 12 tournament final.

“Thrilled to be back in this thing again (NCAA Tournament) and we are kind of making it an annual event, which is what you want your program to be doing” said Coach Mike Brey right after Selection Sunday. “To not sweat on Selection Sunday, which we haven’t in a long long time, is good for the blood pressure and the hair line”.

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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

RECAP: Notre Dame Extends Win Streak To Five After Close Victory Against Georgia Tech

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With the regular season winding down, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on pace to get another  double bye in the ACC tournament after a close win against an always tough Georgia Tech team.

The Irish routed the Yellow Jackets 64-60, avenging their two point loss earlier in the season during the time when Notre Dame went through their rough four game losing streak.

This is Notre Dame’s 5th consecutive win, with analysts predicting the Irish to be a 5th seed in the NCAA Tournament.

When asked if whether he was starting to prepare for the up coming tournaments, Coach Mike Brey had this to say:

“Nothing with NCAA tournament stuff right now, I think we’re more focused on positioning ourselves for the ACC tournament…we control our own destiny to finish in the top four”.

If the Irish can manage to win one out of their two remaining games, they should be in good shape to get a double bye even with the Duke Blue Devils hot on their trail.

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RECAP: Notre Dame Takes Down NC State Behind Beachem’s Career High Seven Three Pointers

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Saturday was a big day for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they won their 10th ACC game of the season, defeating the NC State Wolfpack 81-72.

In addition to their 10th ACC win, Notre Dame will finish the season with a winning league road record, something Mike Brey is very proud of.

“10 league wins in this league this year, is something to be really proud of”.

NC State is a well coached team; a team that Mike Brey knew the Irish couldn’t take lightly.

“I talked to them [players] very openly and said ‘you know fellas I think we’ll get their Duke effort tonight’”. He later went on to say to the media, “don’t be surprised if you know they do somethings interesting here in the regular season, especially in Brooklyn”.

Brooklyn will be the location of the upcoming ACC tournament as Notre Dame will try to win the league title since taking it in 2015.

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RECAP: Notre Dame knocks off #14 Florida State behind Colson’s 33-point game

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To the media, Notre Dame’s victory over the Florida State Seminoles may have been an upset, but to the Irish, they know they are one of the elite teams in the ACC regardless of their recent four game losing streak.

Notre Dame knocked off the Seminoles 84-72 behind their electric home crowd, getting the Irish back on track after a rough start to the month of February.

Saturday was a sight for many new things such as Steve Vasturia laying down a monster dunk, Irish basketball fans tailgating in February, Temple (TJ) Gibbs entering the starting lineup and Bonzie Colson entering the 1,000 point club at Notre Dame.

With Mike Brey still struggling to find that key 5th member of his starting line up, the coach decided to go to a four guard starting five, giving the freshman, Temple Gibbs, his first start of his career.

“Playing big guys, that maybe overrated!” said a laughing Coach Mike Brey.

The rising freshman entered Saturday’s game averaging 5.3 points and two assists. Gibbs has had five double digit scoring games this season with his last big performance coming against Duke in which he recorded 12 points. Gibbs also had a big game the last time the Irish faced the Seminoles as he scored 12 points.

Notre Dame lost part one of the two game series between the Seminoles, as the Fighting Irish only lost by three in Tallahassee back in January.

The Irish have since fell out of the AP top 25 after a tough four game losing streak, but looked to seek revenge over the #14 Florida State Seminoles with their home crowd to back them up.

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