Also, they are a double-digit seed in the tournament. “I’m really proud that we got to the bubble, after being 3-7 [in the ACC]”. Notre Dame was down big by halftime. 6 Wichita State to win the Maui Invitational.
Then the injuries started rolling in. Play would go back-and-forth until the Irish’s Bonzie Colson banked in a 3-pointer at the 2:02 mark, giving them their first lead of the second half.
The Blue Devils, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, shot 55.4 percent from the field and got monster efforts from their two leading scorers.
“We disintegrated”, Tech coach Buzz Williams said. What the committee must decide is if Notre Dame’s success with a complete roster is good enough to overcome what it accomplished when it was without its best player and at times without its two best players. “There are things that – I think there are a lot of things that – some of these young guys need to continue to make the transition to college baseball and trust in their ability, I think probably more so on the mound rather than anywhere else”.
For now, the Fighting Irish have to play the waiting game until Selection Sunday. They also have three players that shoot over 40% from the three-point line.
Late in the first half Duke senior Grayson Allen tried to slow down North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks on a fastbreak attempt.
Notre Dame proved when healthy it can play with anyone. All of whom have been to the Elite 8 and know how to handle all the postseason pressure in March. The Blue Devils won it a year ago for a record 20th time. Staying out of the zone isn’t ideal for Duke, but it is necessary. We have seen Notre Dame with Bonzie Colson, we’ve seen them without (Colson).
The highlight of the Notre Dame season was winning two out of their in the season-opening series at LSU. Allen scored 14 points in a short span including 4 three pointers to help push the Duke lead up to as many as 13. Now he needs to put them to use.
On the season, Notre Dame basketball averages 75.2 points, 36.4 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. I’ve never seen anything like that. This means that Marvin Bagley will have to match up with the bruising Lithuanian Martinas Geben.
“I think it would be inappropriate for me at this time to comment on Virginia Tech”, Rasmussen said. Torres isn’t a threat offensively like Geben, but he’s built like an National Football League linebacker.
“It was tough to go through something like we did, but … it’s going to be a little different game with Matt and myself playing”, Colson said. Duke and UNC are both struggling to do much of anything offensively.
The committee annually considers how injuries affected results, but the duration of Colson’s absence and the timing of his return are unusual.
Miami (5-6) may not have earned a bid to the NCAA tournament last season, but Aoki still regards the Hurricanes as a very talented team. The Heels are 3-6 from three-point range, with Kenny Williams, Joel Berry and Cam Johnson each hitting from deep. Duke senior, Greyson Allen then went on a one man scoring spree. Ask Tony Bennett. The Virginia coach would likely agree that his team took down a top 25 team at home to end the regular season.
“I hope they get in”, he said.
Of note: Grayson Allen picked up a flagrant foul in the final moments of the half after, um, getting in the way of UNC freshman Garrison Brooks in the open floor.
A win tomorrow night would all but guarantee Notre Dame a trip to the NCAA’s.
Notre Dame has an unusual case, obviously.