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Marquette Crushes #9 Irish

Maybe it was the short trip to Milwaukee, or perhaps the Irish starting five were hoping to get out early to watch the Auburn-Oregon National Championship Game, whatever it was the Notre Dame squad (14-3, 3-2) that jumped into the top ten rankings this week and who have looked stellar of late absolutely didn’t show up last night. Bray’s squad turned in a dismal performance against a seriously talented Golden Eagle team (12-5, 3-1) in a 79-57 loss that never really felt even that close. Led by senior guard Dwight Buycks’ 21 points (5-for-5 from 3-point range) Marquette made it ...

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Notre Dame Storms Past St. John’s

The senior-laden, Steve Lavin-coached St. John’s Red Storm (10-4, 3-1) came into South Bend tonight on a high, but they won’t be leaving on one. On Monday the Storm downed the Georgetown Hoyas 61-58 in the midst of a five-game win streak showing glimpses of why many pundits are cautiously optimistic this season about their return to the upper echelons of college basketball. Notre Dame (14-2, 3-1) led by senior guard Ben Hansbrough downed St. John’s 76-61 however in an impressive display tonight, handing the Red Storm their first Big East loss and extending the Irish’s own streak of eleven ...

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An Appeal for Calm

I didn’t sleep last night. I’ve been Google searching, board hopping, ESPN monitoring, emailing sending, and generally over-obsessing on the coaching situation since late yesterday afternoon. My living room looks like a command center—and all of it has been in anticipation of the news now coming over the wires from all sources. Charlie Weis is out. The decision itself has ramifications that are at once sad, terrifying, and exhilarating. Sad because I feel genuinely sorry for Charlie Weis and his family. Despite the petty cruelties of some message board people, everyone has to at least acknowledge that Weis is a ...

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Not So Fast Lou – 3 Games that Scare Me in ’09

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Lou Holtz. I loved him as head coach, I love his books, I love him on ESPN, and I even love him as a possible candidate for Florida’s 24th congressional district. Let me state categorically from the outset that I am full-fledged Holtzian in all things. I just wish he wouldn’t have said what he said. Within minutes of Lou’s now infamous prediction on Sportscenter that, in fact, it will be the Irish who will be playing the Florida Gators in the BCS National Championship game this season, the fandom blogosphere was atwitter ...

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Tar Heels Down Irish 102-87 in Maui Final

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came into their first ever EA Sports Maui Invitational final tonight 6-0, ranked 8th nationally, and confident after edging the Texas Longhorns 81-80 Tuesday night. The North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) though, are, as they say, a whole different animal. It has been noted, both here at UHND and elsewhere, that the last time the Irish played a #1 ranked opponent they defeated the Heels 60-58 in February 1987. After watching tonight’s match-up one can only assume that North Carolina is still somewhat miffed about that result.

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Irish Edged 84-82 by Green and Hoyas in BET Semifinal

Fans could excuse the Fighting Irish squad some confidence and swagger coming into tonight’s Big East Tournament semifinal game with the #1 seeded Hoyas of Georgetown. After all, the Irish, widely expected to finish in the Big East basement, managed to go 24-6, sew up a spot in the dance, and, well, make it this far in the conference tournament. In fact, the squad has been so dynamic and offensively stellar this season, many of those same fans had a rather disquieting sense of confidence as well, and despite the 84-82 loss, the confidence seems very, very well placed going ...

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Irish Advance to BET Semis With 89-83 Victory Over Syracuse

The Irish had all the advantages coming into today’s match up with the Syracuse Orange. After all, the Irish had the #16 ranking, the 2007 Big East coach of the year in Mike Brey, a bye yesterday, and the confidence that comes from already having beaten the Orange earlier this season with a Carrier Dome opponent record 103-91 score. Some pundits were also suggesting that the Irish had an advantage schematically with an offense that now utilizes a solid, multi-player, deep three threat, combined with the inside board domination of a Luke Harangody to stretch the more traditional 2-3 zone ...

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With Nothing to Lose, #17 Irish Beat Rutgers 73-66

How well does a team play when, in the often strange world of the Big East regular season, they’ve already exceeded expectations and sewed up a first round bye in the Big East tournament and a spot in the NCAA field of 65? Apparently, just good enough. While the Irish won’t win any style points in today’s 73-66 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the win is a good launch pad from which to begin what could quite possibly be a great next few weeks. Brey’s squad looked at turns both brilliant and sluggish in Piscataway, garnering only their third ...

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Harangody and Notre Dame Down Marquette 85-73

Senior Day is always an emotional and bittersweet event for athletes, coaches, family, and fans. Mix in a few more facts like that today’s match-up featured a #16 ranked team in Marquette, that the Irish are still trying to impress the NCAA selection committee, and that a win would almost guarantee a first round bye in the fast approaching Big East Tournament, and you kind of understand the feel of tip-off in South Bend this afternoon. Then the bottom fell out. The collective breath of the Joyce Center crowd was held as the Golden Eagles jumped out to a strong ...

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Notre Dame Manhandles DePaul 78-54

Colin Falls has thought of little else beside beating DePaul (16-12, 7-7) ever since the Blue Demons edged Notre Dame by a single point twelve days ago in Chicago. And while the big picture still needs to be focused on, after all, the Irish are not quite yet garnering national attention, only re-entering the Top 25 this week, Falls seemed to relish carrying out his plan of vengeance over a seemingly hapless DePaul squad tonight. Of course, it helps when you have freshmen like Tory Jackson. Coming into tonight’s game at the Joyce Center, where the Irish are now a ...

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Notre Dame Hoops Shocks #5 Alabama 99-85

After the heartbreak that was last season, and the departure of Torin Francis and Chris Quinn (who now joins Shaq and Dwayne Wade down in Miami), I have to concede that I did not hold out much hope for the Irish to have a Tournament season. However, while it is still too early to put Falls and company in the field of 65 just yet, I have become a believer in this bunch and the man I will never doubt again: coach Mike Brey. Coming into tonight’s home game with the undefeated and fifth ranked SEC power Alabama, the 6-1 ...

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Navy Preview

While it likely will not top the drama of the last minute heroics against UCLA, Irish faithful need to come down from post-Bruin euphoria (or is it relief?) to consider next week’s match-up with the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Never mind the oft noted fact that the Notre Dame-Navy game is the longest-running intersectional rivalry in the nation; or that this Saturday’s game will mark the 80th consecutive go around between the two teams. Forget also that the last time Navy won Kennedy was president and Roger Staubach was the Middie quarterback. What matters most is that Notre Dame ...

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