January 26, 2009 // Notre Dame Basketball

Hoops Team Drops 4th in a Row

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Mike Brey’s lineup shakeup didn’t do too much to stop Notre Dame’s losing streak Monday night.  The Irish hoops team fell to #8 Marquette 64-71 for their second consecutive home loss.  Here are some notes from the loss.

  • Luke Zeller played reasonably well in his 3rd career start with 8 points and 8 rebounds, but he didn’t score a single point in the second half and made a costly turnover in the final minutes.
  • Luke Harangody did his best to carry this team on his back all game, but just couldn’t do it alone.  Harangody finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.  He single handily kept the Irish in the game in the first half, but just couldn’t get enough help from the rest of the team in the second half.
  • Tory Jackson nearly recorded a triple double with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists; but shot ust 4 of 12 from the field.
  • Kyle McAlarney connected on just 3 of 12 shots and was smothered by the Marquette defense all game long.  McAlarney couldn’t shake Maurice Acker and saw very few open looks.
  • Bringing Ryan Ayers off the bench did not get the lanky guard out of his shooting funk – Ayers went 0 for 7 with 6 of his misses coming from three point range.
  • Jonathan Peoples was pretty effective when he played, but only logged 21 minutes despite starting.
  • Tyrone Nash hustles whenever he’s in the game.  He is limited offensively, but the other Notre Dame forwards combined for just 8 points – all from Zeller.
  • Notre Dame’s lack of athleticism was on clear display again as Marquette played some suffocating defense making the Irish work for every basket.
  • Harangody did a good job of taking the ball to the hole in the first half, but got away from that in the second half and attempted just 5 free throws in the game.  With his size, he should be able to work the paint for more trips to the charity stripe.
  • Zach Hillesland appeared to hurt his ankle in the second half and did not return to the game.
  • As a team, Notre Dame connected on just 8 of 26 three point attempts and just 24 of 66 from the field.
  • Notre Dame actually out-rebounded Marquette 47-34 thanks in large part to 15 offensive rebounds.
  • Marquette only turned the ball over 3 times compared to Notre Dame’s 10.
  • Next up for Notre Dame is a Saturday trip to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers.   The game tips off at noon and will be televised on ESPN.

Comments to this Article

  • C-Dog commented on January 27th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Sounds like opponents figured out that Harangody is great but it takes 5. McAlarney and any 3 point shooter can be taken out of their game with solid defense. Especially if they son’t have another aspect to their game. The Irish need one more guy out there to step up and that will open things up for them to start winning again.

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  • dan commented on January 28th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    need more inside play Harangody can’t do it all

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