No. 5 Blue Devils brace for risky Notre Dame

Graduate of University of Delaware. Justin Robinson and Justin Bibbs scored 15 apiece for the Hokies.

"Backboard is there for a reason", Colson said after the game. "I thought [junior infielder] Matt Vierling had a good weekend. I shot it and I looked it in, and it went in". (15.4), Martinas Geben (10.8) and Rex Pflueger (8.4). "There's no way he called it".

In the second round of the New York Life ACC Tournament, the Virginia Tech men's basketball team fell to the hands of Notre Dame and its second-half surge, 71-65, on Wednesday night inside the Barclays Center.

The Hokies had dominated for most of the game and the Fighting Irish couldn't hit a shot in the first half. Offensively, Notre Dame has been led by Bonzie Colson (20.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.8 spg), Matt Farrell (16.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.1 spg), TJ Gibbs Jr. Farrell finished with four 3-pointers and 22 points, while Gibbs went for 13 points and seven assists. During that stretch, Notre Dame failed to connect on six consecutive field goals. The Fighting Irish struggled for most of the game before pulling it out late.

"I guess that's their fourth game since both of them have been back". "When we defend, we think we can be a very good team. But we dug in defensively and started making our shots".

Notre Dame wanted to leave an impression with the NCAA Selection Committee that at full health, it is a team worthy of a spot in the Big Dance. He returned last week to play the final two games of the regular season.

"For a while there", Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said, "we looked worse with those two guys back".

"I think you just want to continue to grow as a team", Aoki said. I think we scored four points on run-outs.

The Blue Devils won the regular season meeting over an Irish team that was without its top two players. The Fighting Bobby Hurleys have just three Quadrant 1 wins and an 8-9 record against the top two Quadrants with two Quadrant 3 losses, but they have happen to have the best pair of wins of any team in the country, beating Kansas in Phog Allen Fieldhouse and knocking off Xavier on a neutral court.

Duke forward Marvin Bagley III shoots against Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament Thursday
No. 5 Blue Devils brace for risky Notre Dame

They can also avenge some demons on Thursday, as the Cardinals will face Virginia for a third time.

"Remember when you all said we couldn't play defense, but we could play offense?"

If Notre Dame needed any more momentum for a comeback, they got it. Wednesday's comeback was the largest in Notre Dame basketball history.

The Irish failed to score on 19 of their final 22 first-half possessions. "I saw the show he put on".

"It's a position we're not used to, and it is one that we're really enjoying right now", McGraw said. The biggest issue on their résumé is that their RPI isn't pretty.

Colson broke his foot in practice one game into the ACC season and the Irish went 6-9 without him.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame still has a shot at being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after several knee injuries crippled the Fighting Irish this season. Oh, and 12th-seed Boston College is playing as well as anyone in the conference and almost beat quarterfinal foe Clemson earlier this season. With the roles reversed Thursday night, Duke will hope it does not follow up its extended ACC tournament run with a short stay at the Barclays Center this year.

As Brey said, "We have another great opportunity to end all the drama of it tomorrow night, but we need to get some rest".

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