Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson named first-team All-ACC

06 March, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Irish junior guard Matt Farrell directs the offense during Notre Dame's 64-60 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday at Purcell Pavilion

Several clutch shots in the final minutes by the Cardinals resulted in a 71-64 loss at KFC Yum! The Irish may have split the season series with the Yellow Jackets, but at a bigger stage and having to play two games prior, Georgia Tech wouldn't have even left to pull off the upset for the second time. Otherwise, it will start play in the quarterfinal round Thursday. The Seminoles were 3-0 against those teams (though they got VT short-handed).

The fifth-seeded Cardinals (27-6) advance to the semifinals for the third consecutive season where they will play top-seed Notre Dame.

Joel Berry II scored 28 points - including a critical late-game burst of 7 straight for his team - to help No. 5 North Carolina fend off No. 17 Duke 90-83 on Saturday. Notre Dame hit multiple three-pointers and ran away with it from there. "If we win we get that double bye, if we lose we have to play on Wednesday, and it's clear that we don't want to do that". "I'm exhausted of it".

"I told our guys, 'You know what?"

"He's our best player and they just concentrated on him", UofL coach Rick Pitino said following the loss. Though already a lock for the 68-team bracket, Brey's group - a 7.5-point underdog, according to Las Vegas - could have improved its standing and possibly gotten a higher seed with a road win at Louisville. A total of 25 of the Cardinals' games will be played against teams that won 20 or more games last season.

Matt Farrell (14.2 points, 5.4 assists), V.J. Beachem (82 3-pointers, 15.4 points) and Steve Vasturia (13.5 points, 3.3 assists) were named honorable mention.

Jaylen Johnson passed 400 career points with 16 points against Virginia Tech, the second-most in his career. "That's what they did". Beachem is adding 15.4 points per contest. "The lesson Donovan has to learn is, he's going to be stopped, so then he has to be the best defensive player on the floor, the best passer on the floor, the best rebounder on the floor, and he let his lack of offense dictate how he played the other facets of the game".

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Notre Dame will be looking to knock off the powerhouses of the tournament.

The annual "Wear Red for the Seniors" game is set for March 4 at 2:07 p.m. when the Cardinals face Notre Dame in the final home game of the season. "To put ourselves in a great opportunity to play for a league championship was great. We couldn't get efficient enough".

When Louisville is clicking, defending at a high level and wearing down opponents with its athleticism and style of play, it's one of the scariest teams in the entire country. The Wolfpack now sits at No. 17 in the NCAA; therefore, an NCAA Tournament appearance is virtually guaranteed. "Brooklyn's been good to us". Mathiang is a 6-foot-10 redshirt senior. His minutes have dwindled since, but his effort Saturday against the high-flying Cardinals was paramount.

Although the Blue Devils got another stellar first-half performance from star guard Lexie Brown-who contributed 16 points but was shut out after halftime-they struggled after pulling within 43-41 early in the third quarter. "And in this atmosphere, against that front line, to do what he did - he's playing better now than he did when he started, and it comes at a right time".

"I just went out there and kept attacking the basket", said Mathiang, who posted his fourth career double-double. Louisville was 9-of-20 (45 percent), which ended up being the difference.

Louisville is facing one of the nation's toughest schedules during the 2016-17 season. Center for Senior Day. "What we didn't do a good job of was rebounding it there". He was on that backboard. He got a couple of putbacks, didn't he? He had six offensive rebounds.

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