Awful. Hey, at least Georgetown lost today too.
Tory Jackson was benched in favor of Ryan Ayers at the shooting guard spot. Jackson did end up having a good game. So did Kyle McAlarney. Everybody else contributed to two hours of hell for the Notre Dame fan.
Tory scored 17 on 7-11 shooting. 9 rebounds, only 3 assists. He turned the ball over a couple of times (no numbers on that right now and the ESPN stats might be off so soon after the game), but overall played his best since Seton Hall.
K-Mac was the other bright spot. He was able to find a couple good looks and knock down six shots. 16 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist. Good to see him snap out of the prolonged slump. UCLA didn't worry as much about him as they did about Luke today, so Kyle had a bit more breathing room than usual.
Hillesland with 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. That is a solid line for him, but it is frustrating to see his overall lack of development the last three years. 3, 5, and 5 was a nice game sophomore year. Zach is still making mental mistakes and failing to crash the boards with authority. Once took he took the ball up the floor and every Notre Dame fan could predict the outcome. Lots of dribbling, an out of control spin, and an easy turnover. It happens at least once a game.
Zeller with 5 points, 3 rebounds. Luke Harangody had his first real struggle in a long time. 2-12 shooting, only 5 points and 1 rebound. The Bruin frontcourt took him out of the contest completely. It was sad, really. The heart and soul of our team was out of his element from the opening tip. Keep fighting, Luke.
Off the bench, I really liked what Nash and Scott showed in expanded time. 4 and 4 for Tyrone, 7 and 4 for Scott. They are the future and were two of our best players today. Need to give them more PT. Ayers, the starting 2 (correct me if I'm wrong, I missed the opening minute or so) was pretty flat from inside the arc. Did add a pair of threes and six points. Jonathan Peoples did very little.
7 straight losses as this season continues on its tail spin. Next Thursday at home against Louisville could be our final stand.