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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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RECAP: Notre Dame Can’t Hang Around With Duke; Extend Losing Streak To Three

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had a tremendous start to their ACC campaign that included big wins against Syracuse, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.

However, the Irish have run into a little bit of a dry spell, losing their last three games to Virginia, Georgia Tech at the buzzer, and now the Duke Blue Devils.

Notre Dame has to suffered to 6-4 in conference play and have dropped to fifth place in the ACC standings after a long stint in first place. However, with the ACC as deep as it is, the Irish were bound to lose a few games.

In the last few seasons, the Fighting Irish have been victorious in their series with the Blue Devils, winning both games last season, and winning two out of the three games the season before that, including a huge win to advance to the ACC conference championships in which they went on to win for the first time in program history.

Duke currently sits at 6th in the ACC, losing to Virginia Tech, NC State, Louisville, Florida State and an early season two point loss to the Kansas Jaw Hawks. On the other hand, they have destroyed Georgia Tech, beaten a struggling Michigan State team as well as nationally ranked Florida.

One of the nations most scrutinized players, Grayson Allen has been notorious for his unsportsmanlike behaviour on his opponents. The Duke guard is constantly the centre of attention when it comes to college basketball as every game seems to have a new incident of him kicking or knocking down a player. The fans in South Bend experienced it first hand, and Mike Brey was not pleased.

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RECAP: Irish Still Can’t Find An Answer For The Cavaliers; Fall To 6-2 In League Play

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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.

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RECAP: VJ Beachem’s 30 Point Performance Leads The Irish Past Syracuse, Ending 4 Year Drought

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In a conference where talented teams stretch from first to last, Notre Dame remains the leader of the ACC conference after a dominating win over the Syracuse Orangemen 84-66.

Syracuse has had a tough season thus, with a win-loss record of 11-9, but regardless still possess talented players and draw in talented recruits each year that make them a threat in every game.

6-9 forward Tyler Lydon can be dangerous in the paint as he averages 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, giving 6-5 forward Bonzie Colson a tall task. No pun intended.

Notre Dame hasn’t beaten the Orangemen in four seasons, with the Irish losing 81-66 in last years matchup and 65-60 two seasons ago when Syracuse last played in South Bend. Notre Dame’s last win against the Orangemen was back in 2011-12 when the Irish knocked off Syracuse at home 67-58.

Notre Dame beat a good Syracuse team that year that eventually finished their season in the Elite 8

Following the game, a smiling Mike Brey said:

“I think for us, maybe we needed to exercise some Syracuse demons, they’ve had our number”.

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RECAP: Notre Dame’s Hot Shooting Night Not Enough To Take Down Seminoles

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Notre Dame suffered their first conference loss of the season last night to the top 10 Florida State Seminoles 83-80 but still remain atop the ACC.

The Irish are now 5-1 in ACC play and 16-3 overall despite going 15 for 21 from the three point line; that’s 71.4% in case you prefer percents. They shot better from beyond the arc than the field (46.6%) and were slightly shy from passing their free throw percentage. However regardless of the mesmerizing shooting efforts, Florida State took care of the Irish defensively.

“I think you got to give Florida State a lot of credit”, coach Mike Brey commented following the game, “Their defence bothered us, we turned it over a bunch but they’re athletic and they’re fresh and they move you around”.

Florida State is one of the nations up and coming teams ready to make some noise in March and their performance indicated they are ready to compete in the ACC with the traditional powerhouses.

“The teams that maybe struggled in previous years really at the bottom of the league, they’re much improved and so this is the recipe for 10 bids, 11 bids” stated coach Brey.

The Seminoles have only lost two games this season, one against the Temple Owls at the beginning of the season and another to the #11 North Carolina Tar Heels (now #9) while beating the #21 Florida Gators (now #19), the #12 Virginia Cavaliers (now #16), the #7 Duke Blue Devils (now#18) and now yesterday against the #15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

This was the Irish’s last game before returning home after a three game road series that included Miami, Virginia Tech and now Florida State. The Irish pulled off big wins in both Miami and in Blacksburg, Virginia and were hoping to return home 6-0 in ACC play.

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