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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 Demolishes LSU; Punches Ticket to Championship Game Against #6 Wichita State

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Martinas Geben joined four Irish players in the double-digit scoring club in their win over LSU, 92-53. (Source: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports).

MAUI, HI – After opening their 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament with a win over Division II’s Chaminade, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the LSU Tigers, demolishing them 92-53 in the semi-finals.

The winner of this game would go on to play the sixth-ranked Wichita State Shockers in the finals, who punched their ticket earlier Tuesday with a win over the Marquette Golden Eagles, 80-66.

This was only the second-ever meeting between the Fighting Irish and the Tigers, with LSU claiming a victory back in 1990 in front of a then-record breaking crowd of over 68,000, led by NBA Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal.

Notre Dame made sure this game had a different result, and boy did it ever.

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Notre Dame blows by Chicago State, 105-66

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T.J. Gibbs recorded his second 20 point game in three regular season games. (Source: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports).

SOUTH BEND, In. — The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took care of business Thursday night, demolishing the Chicago State Cougars, 105-66.

This was the fifth meeting between the Irish and the Cougars, with Notre Dame now leading 5-0 in the all time series. In each of the first four games, Notre Dame has beaten the Chicago State Cougars by at least 27 points.

Tonight was no different.

Notre Dame’s senior class, which includes Matt Farrell, Bonzie Colson, Austin Torres and Matt Gregory, are now just 13 wins away from becoming the most winning senior class in Notre Dame history.

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Notre Dame Takes Care of DePaul on the Road, 72-58

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Notre Dame’s D.J. Harvey finished his collegiate debut with 7 points and 3 rebounds. (Source: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports).

Chicago, IL – For the first time in Head Coach Mike Brey‘s tenure at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish opened their basketball season on the road against the DePaul Blue Demons, beating their former Big East opponent, 72-58.

This was the 107th meeting between these two former Big East foes, with Notre Dame leading the all time series, 62-44.

Today’s game was a big one for DePaul, not just because they got an opportunity to take on #14 Notre Dame, but because they were opening their new 10,000 seat arena. In a big step for their basketball program, the new Wintrust Arena will be the new home for DePaul basketball, bringing them closer to the city of Chicago.

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Notre Dame Opens the 2017-18 Season on the Road Against DePaul

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Bonzie Colson returns for his senior year after averaging 17.8 ppg & 10 rebounds. (Source: UND.com).

South Bend, IN – Christmas has come early for college basketball fans, as this weekend marks the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season.

After a long off-season, which included some good times and bad, college basketball fans are coming out of hibernation and ready to watch some madness happen.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up their season on the road against the DePaul Blue Demons, at the newly constructed Wintrust Arena, a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena that will be the new home of Blue Demon’s basketball and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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Fighting Irish rout Pilots, 88-59

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Bonzie Colson finished with 19 points in Notre Dame’s 88-59 win over Bethel College. (Source: NDInsider.com)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish got their second victory in the preseason as they took care of Bethel College, 88-59, extending their all-time exhibition win streak to 36.

This result comes after the AP Poll announced their preseason Top 25, in which the Irish were slotted at number 14 in the nation.

It was a strong showing for the Irish, one that saw four players reach double figures and some big performances from some key players that will need to step up this season.

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