Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Not Done Yet: Notre Dame Mounts Crazy Comeback in ACC Tourney

Not Done Yet: Notre Dame Mounts Crazy Comeback in ACC Tourney

Down 17 to Virginia Tech with 11 minutes to play in last night's 71-65 come from behind victory at the ACC Tournament, all those Irish spirts and love and passion kicked in. But in the month of March, inexplicable things tend to pile up in droves. "You've got to make big plays, and Matt [Farrell] and I, and the group, we had to show that".

Brey said he didn't double-team Bagley in the post because "we thought we could absorb the 2s". I think all the veterans have played really, really well and so, I mean, we kind of knew that we would have to be patient with this group, with as numerous young kids who are playing and pitching in particular, so we'll continue to be patient.

The Hokies led 34-21 at the half but were outscored by the Fighting Irish 50-31 in the second half.

In a town where the Knicks and Nets are starving for talent, Bagley put his on full display, totaling 33 points and 17 rebounds in leading second-seeded Duke to an 88-70 triumph over No. 10-seed Notre Dame.

Notre Dame kept it close for the opening moments of the 2nd half. "All the stuff they've been through, they're just tough dudes". "I don't really say a whole lot". I think we fell apart, as well, on defense, and I feel like it translated over to our offensive game.

Farrell finished with a game-high 22 points, including a 4-for-11 mark from beyond the arc, followed by 14 from junior guard Rex Pflueger, who hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, and 12 points from Colson.

Notre Dame came out of the gates sluggish in the first half much as they did in their first-round game against Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will meet for the ninth time on Sunday with the Irish holding an 8-0 all-time advantage.

Did Farrell, who had grabbed the ball from Clarke, sell the call? Clark took exception to that and shoved Farrell resulting in a technical foul.

Louisville did cut into the Virginia lead during a second half run, getting back within four points, but the precision of the Cavaliers ultimately won out. But they get Duke tomorrow in the the ACC quarterfinals, and if they win that game - Clemson is a top 15 team in the RPI - then I think they'll probably get a bid.

"It's a position we're not used to, and it is one that we're really enjoying right now", McGraw said.

The Blue Devils limited Notre Dame's easy opportunities in the second half, though, with their guards more frequently dropping down toward the free-throw line to clog the paint.

A loss would have all but eliminated the Irish from NCAA Tournament consideration, but the win has ESPN giving them a 72% chance at making it to the big dance. The Wolfpack have five Quadrant 1 wins and an 8-9 record against the top two Quadrants, but more importantly they've beaten Duke, won at North Carolina, took down Clemson and beat Arizona on a neutral.

The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5 ACC) clash with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-13, 10-10 ACC) in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney at Barclays Center. This time around, he said, it's a whole different ballgame.

"You know, previous year we lost this game that's going to be played (Friday)", Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. Just as the game was slipping away from head coach Jim Christian and Co., Jordan Chatman drained back-to-back 3-pointers-a sequence that revitalized BC's offense.

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