It feels good to be a Notre Dame fan again. 78-54. For all that it means, the best performance of the season for the Irish. Easy win, rivalry game, opponent we lost to earlier.
Great game for Colin Falls. I mean, great first half. #15 was outscored by 3 by DePaul in the first 20 minutes. Ended up with the 19 points he finished the first half with, but it sure looks good on paper. Made half his shots, is a coach on the floor. Hope we can send him off with a final home win Saturday.
Russell, Russell, Russell. Not a great shooting game for Carter, but still scored 13 and contributed with 5 rebounds. I just wish he would quit feeling sorry for himself at times. Left the game with his head down twice even with a big ND lead. That's one thing you can never blame Falls with. Still, should bounce back well against Marquette.
Luke Harangody was very solid once again. 13 points, 7 boards. Great inside moves. Once he can hit the jump hook, he will be a serious force. Another great effort with lots of hustle from the big man.
Rob Kurz wasn't needed as much down low, but opened the court with perfect three-point shooting tonight. 3 of 3 from deep. 15 points, 5 rebounds total.
Tory Jackson was his best this year. 13 points, 9 rebounds. 6 assists to one turnover. Lots of pressure on the young man, but he really stepped up tonight. One play in particular sticks out. With the shot clock winding down and very little getting done in the half-court game, Jackson drove to the hoop and made a circus pass outside to a wide-open Kurz for three. That play kept the Irish with the momentum in the 2nd half.
Ryan Ayers finally looks like part of the offense out there. Great job on D, but also had three rebounds and passed the ball around well. Hillesland with another solid performance all around. Zeller gave Kurz and Bamm-Bamm some rest, but provided little on the floor. Peoples played a few good minutes early; Harden and Piller cleaned it up late.
Really nice to get some revenge at home against DePaul. The Irish are finally on the verge of locking up their first NCAA bid in far too long. 1-1 should do it, but ND has a great opportunity seed-wise to beat Marquette Saturday. With a tuneup like this, the Irish should be ready to take on the #16 team nationally. Good luck to Brey and the guys and congrats for a really great win tonight.
Bloggers Poll Results-
1) Pittsburgh (10): 235 pts.
2) Georgetown (5): 230 pts.
3) Louisville: 202 pts.
4) Marquette: 183 pts.
5) West Virginia: 179 pts.
6) Notre Dame: 166 pts.
7) Villanova: 151 pts.
8) Syracuse: 135 pts.
9) DePaul: 129 pts.
10) Providence: 114 pts.
11) Connecticut: 84 pts.
12) St. John's: 76 pts.
13) Seton Hall: 60 pts.
14) South Florida: 49 pts.
15) Rutgers: 30 pts.
16) Cincinnati: 16 pts.
Player of the Week: Jeff Green, Georgetown
Freshman of the Week: Jerome Dyson, Connecticut
Ok, I admit that I'm trying to slip this in without you noticing because I took some heat for my ballot. Still, head-to-head I think the Irish get the #3 spot (Marquette's certainly up for debate, but I can't wait to see the two teams collide on Saturday). I'll eat some crow if the Golden Eagles blow us out, but you can give me a little break right now, eh?
Honestly, I think Colin Falls was the better (and more valuable) player last week, but obviously I watch a lot more ND games than Georgetown. The Irish were without a Big East player of the year candidate being 100%, but bounced back from two killer road losses to bad teams. In previous years, ND has folded down the stretch. Not this time. For all he does with the ball in his hands and as a leader on the floor, I felt Colin deserved a vote. Am I biased? Absolutely. But thanks for the input. If I wanted y'all to agree with me 24/7, this would be pointless. Keep up the banter.