Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III was too much for Notre Dame, scoring 33 points as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils posted an 88-70 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday night at the Barclays Center in NY.
The road series for the Irish will begin Friday at 7 p.m.in Coral Gables, Florida at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
With an RPI now sitting at seventy and bad losses against Ball St. and Georgia Tech to name a few, Notre Dame is going to need to do some more resume padding.
Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and players Chris Clarke and Justin Robinson talk with reporters after the Hokies' 71-65 loss to Notre Dame on Wednesday in the ACC Tournament. Notre Dame was led by senior Matt Farrell on the offensive end, scoring a game-high 22 points. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
With the loss, the Hokies are eliminated from the ACC Tournament, but will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Bagley scored 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
But the Blue Devils soon cooled off.
As we will do every day throughout the rest of the season, here is a look at how college basketball's bubble teams fared on Saturday. Their rematch in the ACC quarterfinals Thursday wasn't close, as Virginia (29-2) surged ahead by 17 points in the first half and held on for a 75-58 win. Allen was 4 for 4 from outside the arc at that point, hitting three straight before Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called a timeout.
In the game's outset, the Blue Devils' energy source, senior Grayson Allen, lit up the floor, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes as Notre Dame stumbled trying to break through Duke's zone defense.
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As a team, Notre Dame shot nearly 45-percent from the field, but was only 5 for 23 from 3-point range. The Irish then cut the lead to two points off a layup from Pflueger and then took the lead off a three-pointer to beat the shot clock from Colson to go on top 60-59 with two minutes left on the scoreboard. By the start of the second half, they were facing a deficit of 13 points, 34-21.
How much will the selection committee take into account the rash of injuries Notre Dame endured this season when evaluating the Irish? Most reasonable people can probably agree that Notre Dame is one of the top 25 teams in college basketball this season.
Brey said his squad would emphatically accept whichever postseason tournament they're invited to, adding his team would welcome the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT semifinals and championship game and a venue his players have yet to experience.
The Hokies found themselves awaiting a matchup with the Notre Dame for the second time this season. Not only did they have to win games, they needed to look impressive doing so. No matter what the Irish did, they could not contain him.
A win tomorrow night would all but guarantee Notre Dame a trip to the NCAA's.
Louisville: The Cardinals (20-13) had two chances to make their case and wasted both, leaving them in a tenuous spot. They forced help, made some threes. Notre Dame, once a member of the Big East, once a program that annually played at MSG every March, hasn't played in the Garden the past four years.
Pinson made a crossover and finished high off the glass to put North Carolina ahead 66-58 with a little over six minutes to play.