No. 5 Duke braces for risky Notre Dame


Notre Dame has received an invitation to the NCAA Tournament nine of the past 11 season.

Perhaps most telling was Brey's willingness to discuss with reporters, right in front of his team in their locker room, the NIT. They missed 15 of 16 shots.

The Fighting Irish average 23.2 three-pointers per game, which ranks 110th in the NCAA.

Notre Dame's other bugaboo was 3-point shooting. The Fighting Irish have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

From the Hokies' perspective, would that that was true.

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Notre Dame, which rallied from a 21-point second-half hole a night earlier against Virginia Tech, stormed back to pull within 37-31 as Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. picked up his third foul. It was a desperation heave that was well defended. Instead, Notre Dame was gassed and gutted. Freshman Collin Sexton's length-of-the-court drive and finger-roll layup at the buzzer provided a 71-70 win over Texas A&M that gave the Crimson Tide (18-14) some breathing room on the bubble.

"I definitely think that we're getting better and we're continuing to grow as a team". "But I think we deserve to be in (the NCAA tournament)". "And I don't want to hear about one of the best 68. (If) Mike has that team together the whole year, forget it; they could be - I'm telling you, if they get in, they'll - they're going to beat people". "I feel strongly we should be a part of it". Senior Point Guard Matt Farrell who can consistently get into the lane and make plays for himself and teammates. We discussed it last night.

In the second half, they seemed to find some high-octane energy. This will be a loss that will live in infamy if the news isn't good on Sunday.

"We kept losing people during the year, but we never put our heads down or felt sorry for ourselves", she said. We're at the point in the season where you win or go home. "Everybody knows that. I'm going to be ready". Tech continued scoring the basketball at a high rate, manufacturing an advantage as many as 21 points after a Blackshear layup with 15 minutes left to play. "I went in and said to them 'Y'all figure it out.' They've had ownership of themselves for a long time, and that really helps us in the tough moments". "It's a learning experience". "Hopefully we take positives and negatives from this and just move on from it".

Positive measures always are good, but where will the Hokies get to take them?

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Virginia Tech will host a Selection Sunday viewing party on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum, with the doors opening at 6 p.m.

Virginia Tech played an uninspired nonconference schedule. Providence (20-12) is the only Big East team with wins over both Villanova and Xavier this season, contributing to its RPI of 40.

"I don't really say a whole lot". One of the biggest keys for Duke is to not get too excited and emotional during the game.

"We haven't had discussions on specific teams", Rasmussen said Wednesday afternoon. Their RPI of 53 and lack of wins against top teams was working against them already. Duval is the only player in this lineup with the foot speed to stay with Matt Farrell and try to lock down Notre Dame's second-leading scorer, and their leader in assists. It will be a discussion item. Notre Dame ranks 109th in rebounds allowed per game (33.8).

Virginia Tech also will be discussed. "It certainly will be a discussion item".

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