Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

ACC Tournament 2018-Bracket-scores-schedule-Wednesday

ACC Tournament 2018-Bracket-scores-schedule-Wednesday

Quickly, that changed. Even with its preseason All-American on the court, Notre Dame got crushed by No. 5 Duke 88-70 on Thursday night, leaving the Fighting Irish (20-14) to argue their case and hope that some of the other NCAA Tournament bubble teams get knocked off this weekend. Six Notre Dame hitters finished the tournament batting.400 or above, with Ali Wester leading all players with 10 hits and seven runs scored. But in the month of March, inexplicable things tend to pile up in droves.

"I think we really dug in defensively, and that helped us on the offensive end", said Farrell, "When we defend, we think we can be a very good team". "I've never been prouder of a group, because they were thumping us pretty good".

The two teams traded baskets for the opening moments of the first half. Bagley missed his final five shots of the half, and Allen missed two.

Colson made a monster rebound following a missed free throw by Duke that led to a late push up the floor by TJ Gibbs. But as Brey explained, that same tandem was the team's emotional edge and tactical brain that started to build the momentum for Notre Dame at halftime and in early huddles of the second half.

"He's really impressive", Brey said. He is the only player in Division-I who can say that. "[Bagley and Carter] rebound at a level above the rim that I haven't seen in college basketball". 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 Fighting Irish shot 44.8 percent from the field and made just 5 of 23 3-pointers (21.7 percent), and the Blue Devils grabbed 31 defensive rebounds.

The Trojans (23-11) finished second to Arizona in the Pac-12 this season and lost 75-61 to the Wildcats in the final of the conference tournament Saturday night.

Notre Dame couldn't buy a bucket over the first 25 minutes of action, but then all of a sudden, the threes starting falling. Farrell's theatrics sent him into press row on the baseline, and Clarke was called for the technical foul. The duo dominated for the game and were clearly the difference.

"I'm definitely going to go to church on Sunday morning", Farrell said. Duke has one of the more talented offenses in the country and since switching to a zone defense late in the season, has started to look like the team to beat in College Basketball.

Virginia Tech had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 21 at one point. Clutch free throws sealed it, capping a 50-point second half.

Notre Dame actually outscored Duke, 44-40, in the paint for the game. We just can't have that or else we're going back to Durham.

Brey said his squad would emphatically accept whichever postseason tournament they're invited to, adding his team would welcome the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT semifinals and championship game and a venue his players have yet to experience.

Duke, the defending champion after beating Notre Dame in the title game past year, earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory. This time around, he said, it's a whole different ballgame. Colson and Co. reached the second round by holding on for a 67-64 win Tuesday night over a Pittsburgh team that went 0-19 against ACC opponents this season. "We'll be honored wherever we go".

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