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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Back in Top 25!

After seeing their season on the verge of collapse, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to get back on track last week with two big wins, thereby improving their ACC mark to 8-5 on the year and placing them with 1.5 games of the lead. While they’re currently in a tie for fifth place with Syracuse, the race has become so tight that they’re within a single game of second place and have gotten back into the Top 25 by snagging the final spot in those weekly rankings. Home cooking agreed with the Irish as they won both contests ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Knocks Off #14 Florida State: Highlights

Notre Dame snapped a four game losing streak earlier this week with a win on Wake Forest.  Saturday night the Irish made it back to back wins with an upset of #14 Florida State in a game they controlled from start to finish.  Led by a career night from Bonzio Colson and aided by some down right horrific free throw shooting by the Seminoles, the Irish prevailed 84-72 on their home court. Bonzie Colson strapped Notre Dame on his back Saturday night and was not going to let Florida State get their second win of the season over the Irish. ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Tumbling, Fall Out of Polls

Another disastrous week for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has them reeling, with five defeats in their last six games. Holding a 6-5 conference mark within the 15-team ACC, Notre Dame currently finds itself situated in seventh place. That’s a precipitous plunge from just a few weeks ago and helps explain their tumble out of the Top 25 rankings. A home loss to the Duke Blue Devils on January 30 was followed six days later by a road defeat at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels. In the latter case, that contest was pushed back 19 hours due ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish At Mid-Season Crossroad

In a week best forgotten by fans of the Fighting Irish, Notre Dame sustained a pair of defeats that were delivered in different ways, yet both proved to be just as painful. The end result was that the Irish dropped six spots in the polls to the 20th spot as they get set for a crucial week of action. Their two games this week could end determining whether or not they’ll be able to capture the regular season ACC title. Losses to both Virginia and Georgia Tech dropped Notre Dame into a three-way tie for third place in the conference ...

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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 Report: Irish Bounce Back, Prepare for ACC

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

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 Report: Irish Fall to #25

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

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 Report: Irish Crash Top 25

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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