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

Duke guard Trevon Duval goes up to dunk against Notre Dame guard Matt Farrell during the second half during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament Thursday
Bagley, No. 5 Duke rout Notre Dame 88-70 in ACC tourney

09 March, 2018

Justin Bibbs answered with a 3-pointer, but that would be the last field goal Tech would make for the next six minutes. "We've got to start games like that". I shot it. I looked it in.

"Obviously it's going to be a little different game with Matt and myself playing", Colson said Wednesday.

Except nobody really believes him. Martinas Geben feel just two points short with an 8 point, 5 rebound night. "There's no way he called it".

Missing shot after shot after shot, the Hokies squandered a 21-point lead in the final 14 minutes and lost to Notre Dame 71-65 at Barclays Center.

With the Irish stars struggling to make shots, seventh-seeded Virginia Tech (21-11) was cruising along with a 47-26 lead with 14 minutes remaining when Farrell drained his second consecutive 3. Notre Dame knocked down seven shots from beyond the arc and went 19-of-23 from the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes. The last possession of the game, the Irish forced a turnover and kept the clock ticking. "They were thumping us pretty hard. If it's good enough, we'll win some games; if it isn't, we won't and we'll go back to the drawing board and do it all over again the next day". "Now you're saying we can play defense, but we can't play offense".

It looked like the slim hope Notre Dame held early this week of reaching the NCAA tournament had been shattered by a more physical, fresh team.

Neither team scored for a 3:38 span until a Rex Pflueger reverse lay-in at 2:49 brought the Irish within a pair (59-57), as the Hokies missed 11 of 12 shots.

Did Farrell, who had grabbed the ball from Clarke, sell the call?

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

Duke, which earned a double-bye into Thursday, won six of its last seven regular-season games.

"I think we certainly are in the conversation", coach Muffet McGraw said after the 74-72 loss to Louisville. "I don't want to hear about the best 68". We can tell you it's leaning toward the over, but it has also locked in a strong against-the-spread pick that hits in almost 60 percent of simulations.

The Blue Devils won the regular season meeting over an Irish team that was without its top two players. "They're such tough dudes". Defensively, Duke basketball yields 69.5 points per game against the opposing teams. "Try to help them grow and try to help them get better and try to adjust to the college level and I think probably more than anything, mentally making that transition will continue to help us a lot". Wednesday's comeback was the largest in Notre Dame basketball history. Ogunbowale's 646 total points stands as the eight most for a single-season, while her 20.2 ppg ties Beth (Morgan) Cunningham for the second most, with Katryna Gaither holding the top-spot at 20.4.

First half: The Hokies performed as expected.

"I haven't really had the opportunity to think about that", sophomore forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. said. "We've got to show toughness right away like that". Our RPI was 42 going into today. "It'll be close. It just depends what the committee decides".

Where does this leave the Irish moving forward?

Now, the Fighting Irish will have a chance to cement themselves on the right side of the bubble as they will face Duke in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Thursday night at 7pm. Boston College emerged victorious 91-87.

"If you take out the first three conference games, we've played as well as anybody on the defensive end in the conference".

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