Thursday, March 18, 2010

Old Dominion 51, Notre Dame 50

Irish let a nine-point lead slip away and fall in the first round with some bad shot selection against a second-half Monarch zone.

ND attempted three-pointers on nine of its last eleven possessions, making just one of them. With no offensive flow to speak of, Coach Brey's team allowed Old Dominion to slowly take control of the contest and end the game on an 11-5 run over the last six minutes (Luke Harangody's buzzer-beating layup not included). For the game, Notre Dame shot 24% from beyond the arc while attempting twice as many threes as ODU. The biggest culprits were Abromaitis (who has struggled for the last couple of weeks) and Jackson.

Defensively, the Irish played well enough to win the game. Really, it was the offensive letdown the cost the team a chance for a Tournament run. Old Dominion's zone cut down on any points inside down the stretch while Ty Nash and Luke Harangody played a very ineffective 40 minutes between the two of them.

Tory Jackson ended his career with 5 points and 5 rebounds. He also pitched in 4 assists and 3 steals. Unfortunately, he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with his jumper. 2-11 from the field, 1-7 from long range. Falling in love with the three pointer just killed any chance at a late run to close out the game.

Ben Hansbrough did shoot pretty well, making seven of his eleven attempts from the field. He finished with 17 points. Add in 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the senior shooting guard. I expect he will be back next season, but you don't know for sure.

Tim Abromaitis finished off a very good season on an extended cold streak. 0-5 on his three pointers today. He chipped in for 3 rebounds, but has never seemed to get comfortable in the "Burn" offense.

Carleton Scott played a bit of Jekyll and Hyde today. 14 points, 10 assists, made a couple big threes, but was awfully disappointing with the ball in his hands. He turned the ball over 5 times, almost all in the first half. On defense, he finished with a pair of blocks and a steal.

Ty Nash played just 18 minutes with foul trouble. 1 point, 3 rebounds.

Off the bench, Luke Harangody finally got in the scorebook late. He did help out a lot on the offensive glass, but was unable to find any flow inside against the zone. Jack Cooley played six minutes while Nash and Gody were on the bench. Peoples got in the game for 3 minutes and didn't see action after a really dumb attempt to save the ball under the opponent's basket. He should have learned not to do that in middle school.

Just like that, the season has come to an end. For much of the game, the Irish looked pretty strong, but simply could not overcome their offensive woes at the end.

I'll do some season recap stuff over the next couple of days. Thanks for the hard work, seniors. It was good to get back in the Tournament after last season, but ultimately another disappointing result will end the year.

25 comments:

Joe said...

i'd be okay if I never saw Luke Harangody again

Brian said...

such a disappointing end to the season.

feel real bad for luke and tory.

could not buy a basket down the stretch. we had 26 points with 4 minutes to go in first half. scored 24 the whole rest of the way.

abro really lost his shot over the last month. whether its fatigue or he has been defended better, not sure. but definitely could have used a better outside shot from him.

i feel sick.

DJ said...

Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Gutless.

Keaton McDonald said...

Ugly, ugly ugly....

For the last 3+ minutes we stopped running an offense....three straight times down the court we never got the ball in the lane or penetrated....tory just handed the ball off back and forth....

Luke struggled again....has had two horrible appearences in the tourney....

We acted like we had never seen a zone before....good job ODU for throwing that at us, bad job Brey for changing your game plans....

All that hype at the end of the year for this result is hurtful....bad job coach brey.

Doc Hoople said...

ONE & DONE

Good Luck Black & Green...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I hope the slow burn died today. It was a gimmick that worked against dumb and impatient teams. Why would we slow it down against a lesser team and give them a chance to steal it. Get a clue Brey.

DJ said...

Why would we slow it down against a lesser team and give them a chance to steal it?

Shoot average, and it's fine. Shoot poorly, like today, and it's trouble.

Brey was too dense to realize the shots weren't falling in the second half, and thus we needed more shots, and therefore more possessions, and therefore a faster tempo. Do that, and pack the interior, forcing ODU to shoot threes, and you escape with a win despite playing poorly.

David said...

I was stuck at work today. My boss calls a meeting 2---perfect timing, right? ND has a small lead when I leave my desk.

I just get back to my desk with a text from a non-Notre Dame friend saying,

"Your squad killed my bracket."

Um...I guess we lost, huh?

$%&*#$%^#$%!!!!

Anonymous said...

The burn should've been ditched with at least five minutes to go, maybe more.

There's no point in playing that offense when all you're doing is settling for bad threes anyway. That's what the offense was before the burn. But at least before we'd get more opportunities via more possessions.

We completely played into their hands and Brey couldn't make the adjustment in the second half.

If we had hit the gas we would've been fine.

I feel bad for Luke, but he's become another Chris Thomas. Just got worse as time went on. He played one good game in the BE Tournament, but overall the offensive flow has been terrible since he's been back.

Just take away his pile of bad shots today and we win.

Where did the good Irish go?

Knobby said...

I feel sick. I probably won't watch another game this year. Why do we "burn" a team that we are better than. The burn provides just less possessions. That means generally the game stays closer. We don't want a close game against Old Dominion a team we can beat.

When I thought this year was gonna be different, we get the same old shit. Should we keep settling for this? 2007: second round 2008: first round 2009:NIT 2010: first round. What a waste of Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson. And the other players in those years.

Knobby said...

I feel sick. I probably won't watch another game this year. Why do we "burn" a team that we are better than. The burn provides just less possessions. That means generally the game stays closer. We don't want a close game against Old Dominion a team we can beat.

When I thought this year was gonna be different, we get the same old shit. Should we keep settling for this? 2007: second round 2008: first round 2009:NIT 2010: first round. What a waste of Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson. And the other players in those years.

DJ said...

Should we keep settling for this? 2007: second round 2008: first round 2009:NIT 2010: first round.

Would I? No. I'd make it abuntandly clear that next year is make-or-break for Brey.

Would Swarbrick? Ah, now that's the question.

notre damian said...

what a bummer.

Anonymous said...

The Fat lady just finished singing!

"You can't make chicken soup out of chicken SHIT"

Anonymous said...

"YOU CAN'T MAKE CHICKEN SOUP OUT OF CHICKEN SHIT"

DID THE FAT LADY JUST FINISH SINGING THAT SONG?

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Big East was overrated. BIG TIME

Brian said...

Yea, tough day for the Big East.

ND loses to a Mid Major, Marquette gets beat by Washington, and Georgetown forgot that the NCAA Tournament started today.

Yikes!

DJ said...

Almost as overrated as a punk posting as "Anonymous." Three times.

Golden Monkey said...

Maybe the Big East was overrated? Three out of the four that played down w/ Villanova going overtime with a fifteen seed.

N.D. jacking up one three after another in the second half. Very few times do I remember them attacking the weak spot in the zone. Good coaches need to know how to adjust. One thing a coach can't do is shoot the rock for your players. Shooting proformance by our captains couldn't have been much worse.

Strange season.....

Brian said...

Since yesterday was a complete disaster for the Big East, anybody else think that maybe an 18 game regular season is too much.

I was thinking, why don't they just play 15, you know everyone once? I know the BE has a TV deal with ESPN, and the universities would lose a home game and its revenue, but we consistently beat each other up, and with a 5 game conference tournament, we have the potential to play 23 games against other Big East teams. Georgetown played 22, WVA played 21, along with ND and Marquette.

I know with 15 games, you lose the balance of 8 home and 8 away games. Just alternate, team A gets 8 home and year, and then 7 home the next. Team B, 7 the first, 8 the second. You play away at team A in one year, and play home against them the next.

I think as a player I would gladly give up a home game every other year to play 3 less games and possibly keep my legs.

Just a thought on my behalf, I could be completely wrong, and maybe there would be scheduling nightmares that I don't know about.

But after the way the Big East performed yesterday, I cannot help but think teams were on empty.



Or, the Big East just wasn't all that good this year. I guess that's a possibility too.

Anonymous said...

ND as a 6 seed was ludicrous. Here's my fix - if you get an automatic bid you are no lower than an 8 seed. It's ridiculous that the so called "power" conferences get 6th and 7th place teams in with lower seeds than conference champions. Marquette, ND and G'town should have been no higher than 11-12 seeds - that's reality.

Anonymous said...

We are who we are - 1st or 2nd round and out of the NCAA. A little deeper run in the NIT. I don't see that changing anytime soon. Brey is obviously not a tournament coach. He has, however, hit on a formula that will ensure job security for many years to come. 1) Load up on the directional, weak sister bottom dwellers of D1 who are looking for a payday - any payday. 2) Go .500 in the conference. 3) Continually talk about what a tough league the BE is 4) Collect $1M/year for the forseeable future.

Paul said...

The only player worth a damn out there was Hansborough, so why didn't Brey run some plays down the stretch for him? Burn, baby, burn.

If the "burn" doesn't die, then I want to know how you could possibly sell this to a recruit...come to ND and we can teach you how to hold on to the basketball. We're playing hoops, not cooking ribs.

Domer Dan said...

It wasn't the burn offense, it was the lack of cutting and passing to the hoop. No drive and kick. We looked lost like we did in the 3-7 stretch.

Anonymous said...

Domer dan, why pass and cut when you're not allowed to shoot anyway. Hansbrough needs to learn to reverse the ball more quickly. If I'm playing defense on this burn offense I grab a lawn chair and save my legs for offense because there is no prescribed movement or freedom to get creative, only freedom to shoot a desperation 3 with 5 left on the clock. It's no wonder the shooting percentages declined and offensive rebounds went up. Long rebounds and guys out of position.

Also down 3 out of a timeout with 30 seconds left and a contested three in the corner with no screens passes or cuts is what we get. That's some great coaching. No wonder brey doesn't like calling timeouts - he can't draw up a play to save his life.