Also, they are a double-digit seed in the tournament. The Fighting Irish doggedly got back into the game, even though there was a period when it seemed as if neither team would score again and the game would end at 59-55 in Tech's favor.
Notre Dame has dealt with injury after injury this season. Instead, Notre Dame was gassed and gutted. Notre Dame used three straight makes from beyond the arc on successive possessions to power a 17-3 to cut the deficit to just four points at 54-50 with 7:45 left on the clock.
Senior point guard Matt Farrell was only 4-of-13 from the field and finished with 11 points, but his 12-1 assist-turnover ratio helped keep the Irish in the game for a while. The Irish shot 43 percent for the game.
"We disintegrated", Tech coach Buzz Williams said.
Notre Dame won 71-65. "[Bagley and Carter] rebound at a level above the rim that I haven't seen in college basketball". He remained calm and hit mid-range jump shots down the stretch, as well.
While the committee will undoubtedly look at the effect injuries had on Notre Dame's season, that altered lense may not be enough to get the Irish into the field of 68.
If the news is good Sunday, the Hokies will breath a sigh of relief and get ready for a game, maybe as an eighth or ninth seed or for a play-in contest in Dayton. They also have three players that shoot over 40% from the three-point line.
Notre Dame went with just a six-player rotation in tight games. Bagley's got 6 points and 5 rebounds, and the Blue Devils have pulled to within 5 points after their sluggish start.
Without Colson on the floor, Notre Dame was 6-9. All of whom have been to the Elite 8 and know how to handle all the postseason pressure in March.More news: Gov. Rick Scott signs school security and gun bill
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But when the Blue Devils got hot in the second half, there was no slowing down, with Bagley almost unstoppable in the paint on both ends. Staying out of the zone isn't ideal for Duke, but it is necessary.
Duke had to switch heroes midway through its 88-70 win over Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. "They need to sort of be a little less cerebral and a little bit more instinctual in terms of the way that they pitch and compete".
In what likely will be Marvin Bagley III's first and only ACC Tournament, his debut was something to remember. "I saw the show he put on".
"I think it would be inappropriate for me at this time to comment on Virginia Tech", Rasmussen said. Then to spell Geben the Irish bring in Austin Torres. Duke and UNC are both struggling to do much of anything offensively. For the game, Bagley was 15 of 23 for 33 points.
Allen is the only senior on the Duke roster.
Allen especially liked the effort on the defensive end.
"You don't know what to take away", Brey said. "Tonight was a great example of him being at his best". Junior guard Rex Pflueger poured in 14 points, while sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs scored 13 and Bonzie Colson added 12 to pace the Irish offense.
After Allen opened the game looking like he was going to have the game of his lifetime, Bagley's performance resulted in one of the greatest ACC Tournament performances in Duke history.
Notre Dame is right there with the likes of Wisconsin and Virginia when it comes to running a program that recruits and develops talent over the course of four or five years, and Duke could not be more different, at least in the way the program has been run over the course of the last half-decade.