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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Jump to 15th in Rankings

Another promising week of consistency for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team resulted in their elevation to the 15th spot in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. The Irish managed to win a pair of games, each in exciting fashion. Both were conference victories, both came on the road and both ended up as five-point wins. Notre Dame enters the week with a 16-2 overall record and currently holds the ACC lead with a spotless 5-0 mark. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review Last Thursday, some late heroics were required as Mike Brey’s squad trailed Miami, 61-57, with 2:46 left. ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Takes Out Virginia Tech: The Highlights

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Notre Dame stayed perfect in conference play Saturday afternoon with a 76-71 victory over Virginia Tech that pushed the Irish into first place as the league’s lone unbeaten team.  Florida State had unbeaten in league play as well but the Seminoles fell to North Carolina earlier today. Notre Dame raced out to a big early lead against the Hokies leading by as many as 19 points in the first half, but much like the Irish football team against the Hokies last fall, Notre Dame allowed Virginia Tech back in the game in the second half.  Luckily for the Irish, the ...

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Notre Dame Still Perfect in ACC with Win over Miami: The Highlights

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Notre Dame kept their record in ACC play unblemished on Thursday night in Miami with a 67-62 win over the Hurricanes.  The Irish overcame a sluggish start to the first half to pick up their fourth win in as many tries in ACC play.  Steve Vasturia built on his reputation of being clutch yet again by driving through the lane and sinking a layup with 8 seconds left to put the Irish up by three. Notre Dame used a 10-0 run to start the 2nd half to fuel their latest victory.  The run would be a sign of things to ...

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Notre Dame Basketball: 3-0 ACC Start Has Irish on the Rise

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Another move up in the polls for Notre Dame was the end result of two tight conference victories at home. This week has them moving up three spots in the AP poll to the 20th spot. In their wins, Notre Dame faced Louisville, which was ranked ninth when the game was played, and unranked Clemson, which made life just as difficult for the Irish and head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review The Cardinals came to South Bend looking for their first ACC win of the year, but left still seeking that elusive victory. Notre Dame was ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Upsets #9 Louisville: The Highlights

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Steve Vasturia didn’t use up all of his late game heroics on New Year’s Eve.  For the second straight game, Vasturia nailed a huge bucket to propel the Irish victory.  This time is was an awkward runner in the lane and this time it was over #9 Louisville at Purcell Pavilion.  Notre Dame knocked off the Cardinals 77-70 for the sixth straight time at home against Pitino’s Cards. Vasturia’s last minute runner was just a cherry on top of his standout performance Wednesday night.  He set a career high with 24 points to go along with six boards.  Vasturia paced ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Start ACC Play with a Bang!

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The arrival of 2017 coincides with another rise in the polls for the Notre Dame men’s basketball. That’s courtesy of a overtime road victory at ACC rival Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve that gave them a 12-2 season mark. That win followed the other less-memorable victory over Saint Peter’s that was likely due to the team looking ahead to their conference opener against the Panthers. Right now, it appears the coaches have a little more confidence than the contingent making up the AP poll. Last week, they both placed the Irish in the 24th spot for the Top 25; this ...

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Highlights from Notre Dame’s Thrilling Win Over Pitt

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The fireworks came early on New Year’s Eve for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team.  The Irish won an overtime thriller over Pitt in their ACC season opener Saturday afternoon.  Steve Vasturia set the fireworks off with a clutch three with less than three seconds remaining to put the Irish ahead 78-77.  A desperation heave by the Panthers was intercepted and the Irish prevailed. The 24th ranked Irish improved to 12-2 on the season and should remain squarely in the Top 25 heading into their showdown on Tuesday with 6th ranked Louisville. Bonzie Colson picked up another double-double against Pitt ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Bounce Back, Prepare for ACC

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A thin schedule leading up to Christmas had the Notre Dame Fighting Irish only taking the court once last week. That home game on December 19 was a contest against the 2-9 Colgate Raiders, which ended with the not surprising score of 77-62 to elevate the Notre Dame mark to 10-2. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review The victory also stopped a two-game losing skid that came against a pair of Top 25 opponents. The Colgate win started out with the Irish running off the first seven points of the game, only to see the Raiders with seven unanswered points ...

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Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell Surprised by Army Lt. Brother

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At the end of Notre Dame’s 77-62 victory over Colgate Monday night, Notre Dame guard Matt Farrell got an early Christmas present and it’s probably the best thing you will see all day.  Farrell’s older brother Bo had a recorded message play over the video from from his post in Afghanistan.  Except Bo was at Joyce Arena to surprise his brother. Mission accomplished for Bo Farrell.  His little brother who had just scored 13 points  and dished out 7 assists in Notre Dame’s 10th win over the season was completely surprised and his reaction was fun to watch.  His teammates reaction ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Tops Colgate 77-62 (Highlights)

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Notre Dame got back in the win column Monday night at home against Colgate.  The Irish topped the Raids by 15 but again couldn’t maintain a large first half lead.  In back to back losses the last week and a half the Irish have jumped out to first half leads they were unable to hang on to.  Monday night the Irish were able to hang it, but it never felt easy. Notre Dame jumped out to 36-20 first half lead, but were outscored 42-41 by Colgate over the final 20 minutes of the game.  It didn’t matter for the result ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Fall to #25

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A loss might have helped the Notre Dame men’s basketball squad last week, but one on Saturday was costly. That’s because it almost dropped the Irish out of the Top 25 rankings. They now find themselves ranked 24th in the Coaches Poll and 25th on the AP list. They’ll likely have to wait until ACC play gets going to move up. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review Only one game was on the Notre Dame schedule last week, though it was another battle against a Top 25 squad. The Irish came up on the wrong end of an 86-81 score ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Move Up Despite Loss

Bonzie Colson and Steve Vasturia had strong weeks for the Irish once again.  Photo: © Matt Cashore // USA TODAY Sports

Even after suffering their first defeat of the year, the Notre Dame men’s basketball team managed to gain further credibility with both the AP voters and those that make up the Coaches Poll. After reaching the Top 25 for the first time last week at No. 22 and No. 23, respectively, both polls put the Irish at No. 21 on Monday. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review A tough 74-68 loss on December 10 to the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats did the trick. In their only other game on the week, Notre Dame stopped Fort Wayne on December 6, avoiding an ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Falls Late to #1 Ranked Villanova (Highlights)

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Notre Dame jumped out to an early 11 point first half lead over top ranked, defending national champion Villanova Saturday afternoon.  The Irish, however, were unable to hold on to their lead in the second half before finally falling to the #1 team in the country 74-66. The Irish lead throughout much of the game but fell behind in the final 10 minutes and were unable to battle back.  Jason Hart and the Wildcats proved to be just too much as Hart almost single handily doomed with the Irish with 37 points.  No other Villanova player reach double figures. A ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Highlights vs. Fort Wayne

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Notre Dame improved to 9-0 on the 2016-17 season on Tuesday night with an 87-72 victory over Fort Wayne.  The Irish jumped out to a big first lead leading 41-23 at half time.  Fort Wayne actually outscored the Irish in the second half, however, as Notre Dame held on for the 15 point victory. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Bonzie Colson notched another double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while adding 5 assists.  Steve Vasturia led Notre Dame with 21 points.  VJ Beachem and Matt Farrell also reached double digits for the Irish with 14 and 12 points ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Crash Top 25

Notre Dame big man Bonzie Colson had himself a good week. (Photo: Matt Cashore // USA Today Sports)

After eight games, the Notre Dame men’s basketball squad remains undefeated, though it remains difficult to gauge exactly where they lie on the spectrum of teams across the country. That’s because six of their eight victories have been played at home, with only a few of the clashes offering much competition. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review Last week, an uncharacteristically sloppy performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes saw the Irish commit 14 turnovers, twice as many as they’d averaged in their first six victories. Thanks to their prowess at the foul line, they came away with a 92-78 victory in the ...

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