A Notre Dame coaching staff and team that has struggled in the NCAA tournament in the past, continued to do so again Friday night
After Notre Dame’s 73-64 victory over #12 Marquette in Madison Square Garden last night, the Irish have set up another Big East Championship semi-final match up with the Louisville Cardinals – the third, and final, year in a row the two future ACC members will meet in the Big East semis. Led by sophomore guard [...]
The Notre Dame basketball team will be wearing some new jerseys for the Big East and NCAA Tournaments that are ahem… interesting. Part McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, part basketball uniform, these new jerseys are sure to raise of the ire of Notre Dame fans who have freaked out over far less bold jerseys from the football [...]
The Notre Dame basketball team has gotten seriously defensive in the last week. On Monday night the Irish set a school record for fewest points allowed in a Big East game with 42 in a win over Pitt. That record lasted all of six days with the Irish besting that by a point with a [...]
He sits there stoic in his mock turtleneck, hardly ever showing any emotion other than encouragement. He has paced the sideline for the Irish now for over 12 years, and is now tied(Lou Carnesecca) for 4th in all time wins in the Big East, and is the 3rd longest tenured coach in Notre Dame basketball history(Phelps, Keogan). The man we speak of is Irish basketball coach Mike Brey. A graduate of George Washington University, Brey started his college coaching career in 1987 as an assistant under legendary Duke coach, Mike Krzyzewski. He stayed with the Duke program as an assistant until 1995, before being hired as the head coach of the Delaware Blue Hen. Under Brey, the Blue Hen flourished, going 99-52 in 6 years, while reaching the NCAA tournament twice.
Notre Dame’s men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 on the season against ranked teams on Monday night with a 51-42 victory over the 20th ranked Pitt Panthers on the road. The Irish took down the Panthers despite starting the game on the wrong end of a 19-3 Pitt run. Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant paced [...]
In what was an incredibly exciting and draining week for Notre Dame basketball fans, the #21st ranked Irish snagged two more victories, with both coming in overtime.
Things looked pretty bleak for Notre Dame on Saturday night with less than a minute left in regulation at Purcell Pavilion in their showdown with #11 Louisville. With ESPN College Gameday on hand, the Irish trailed the Cardinals 56-48 as the clock read 0:50 after a Chane Behanan free throw. Down 8 points with 50 [...]
If you were a fan of Notre Dame basketball back in the 70’s and 80’s then you remember the epic battles that took place between the Blue Demons and the Fighting Irish at the A.C.C and the Rosemont Horizon.
In another crazy year of college basketball, where seemingly no team wants to emerge as the dominant one, the Irish are no different.
The Irish men’s squad headed into this week knowing they needed to play at a higher level both on offense and defense, unfortunately what they displayed was actually a step back from the week before. A week ago the Irish lost at home to a Connecticut team that is talented, but young, and still finding a way to play consistent basketball. They also lost to a very average St. Johns team on the road, in Madison Square Garden. There was a theme in both of those losses last week, which included an inconsistent offense, lack of hustle, and defensive breakdowns allowing easy scores for their opponent. One would think that those would be items Brey and staff would focus in on this week, and maybe they did, but it wasn’t apparent on the court.
It was rough week for the Irish Men’s basketball team. After a nice win in Cincinnati, Notre Dame entered this week with two supposedly very winnable games against Connecticut and St John’s. As Irish fans know by now, these last few days haven’t turned out quite like they expected, or at least hoped for. Both of these opponents were younger and less experienced, and yet the Irish were the ones who looked confused on defense, indecisive on offense, and out coached on the sideline. There were some questionable moves on Coach Brey’s part in regards to personnel decisions, and some extremely conservative play by the team on the court.
The #17th ranked Irish have been doing a lot of things consistently this year, and winning is one of them. Notre Dame opened up conference play last week with a drubbing of Seton Hall 93-74. Scott Martin decided that the Big East opener was the perfect time to finally break out, as he put up a season high 22 points, and consistently was a threat from beyond the arc with career high(6) in 3-pointers. Irish forward Jack Cooley was his typical self as he added another double-double with 19 points and another solid effort on the board with 13 rebounds. The Notre Dame backcourt was also at it again, as Atkins and Grant put up a combined 30 points and 18 assist. While few thought the Pirates of Seton Hall would put up much of a struggle, Notre Dame made sure they didn’t.
Roundup of the 2013 basketball recruiting class.
Notre Dame will start their bid for their first Final Four since in over 30 years on Friday. In order to get their they will need to navigate through a bracket filled with talented teams. Here’s an overview of the Southwest bracket and what a run to the Final Four might entail for the second [...]