Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Bagley's big second half helps Duke advance to ACC tournament semifinals

Bagley's big second half helps Duke advance to ACC tournament semifinals

But Notre Dame couldn't find a spark.

The NCAA Tournament is nearly here. Matt Farrell took the ball from me, and I tried to get it back, and he flopped and fell on the ground and got the technical. The Eagles' perimeter defense-the fifth worst in the league-came back to haunt them, big time.

The final dose of that came on Thursday night, with its 88-70 loss to Duke in the ACC quarterfinal.

Notre Dame pulled off a dramatic comeback against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, which just may propel the Fighting Irish into the NCAA Tournament. How refreshing it was, then, to hear Brey all but wave the white flag afterward.

"I'm done campaigning", Brey said. "We shoot the 3 and that's what we do, so it's hard to win when we shoot like this".

"From a pitching standpoint, I think our kids - the younger guys - just need to understand that they need to just trust their abilities and trust their strengths and not give the hitters too much credit and not think as much", he said.

But Clemson wasn't going to get off easy-not on Robinson's watch.

And as if Notre Dame didn't have enough to worry about Thursday night with Bagley getting off to a fast start, Duke guard Grayson Allen found his shooting touch and drained long 3-pointers easily.

The Notre Dame women's lacrosse team (5-2, 1-1) is on the road again, traveling to Blacksburg this weekend for a conference matchup.

And three Quadrant 3 losses.

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"He's really impressive", Brey said. "They've only known Elite Eights and the NCAAs".

"I was kind of mad at him - he was dribbling around the key", Farrell said.

Our Jerry Palm updated his bracket Thursday night. Knocking off Duke while fully healthy would have been emphatic. "But as long as we keep clicking on the defensive side of the ball, we'll be good". Instead, Notre Dame was gassed and gutted.

The Irish failed to score on 19 of their final 22 first-half possessions.

Virginia Tech pushed the pace with 10 points off of fast breaks versus an opposing 5 points off of fast breaks. It kept hope alive.

On Thursday, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was named the victor of the Henry Iba Award, given annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the national coach of the year.

Duke's Marvin Bagley III (35) dunks over Notre Dame's Martinas Geben (23) and Bonzie Colson (35) in the first half. "Those are the shots that you've got to hit during those times". Just everything we've gone through.

N.C. STATE (RPI: 64, KenPom: 44, NBC seed: 8): I've seen some discussion about N.C. State's chances as a bubble team, and I don't quite understand why. He's one of the most impressive guys. "All the stuff they've been through, they're just tough dudes". "On both ends of the floor it's really staggering". "And tonight you saw it". Notre Dame, once a member of the Big East, once a program that annually played at MSG every March, hasn't played in the Garden the past four years.

With a potential NIT berth on the horizon, there's still time for additional growth, both individually and program-wide-at least as far as the fourth-year coach is concerned. "And I don't want to hear about one of the best 68". After the Tigers strung together their momentum-shifting run, the Eagles went almost five minutes without sinking a single shot. One of the things I told the seniors, if it is the NIT, Notre's Dame's played in the NIT a bunch.

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