ACC Basketball

Irish Clip the Cardinals


With a week off, the Fighting Irish looked pretty damn fresh. After falling behind 6-0, they went on a 10-0 spurt, running an efficient offense through Jerian Grant, who kept finding open shooters. Notre Dame would shoot 58% from the floor in the first half, as Louisville struggled to find any energy on defense, producing just three steals in the first half.

However, in the second, the Cardinals came out in attack mode on both sides of the floor and erased a 11-point halftime deficit in under four minutes, as all five starters scored on that run.¬†Eventually, they were able to take the lead 47-46 as they held the Irish without a basket for nearly 10 minutes. Everything was coming up red. The crowd, which seemed asleep in the first half was rocking, the players were knocking, this was Louisville’s time. Yet, after another missed three pointer by Notre Dame, freshman Quentin Snider went down and took a bad running three of his own just seconds into the shot clock. And as I always say, an opponent’s good run always gets started by the a bad shot. Well…

On the following possession, Bonzie Colson, the undersized freshman who has played fantastic lately, pulled down a Demetrius Jackson missed three pointer over the much bigger Anas Mahmoud and it was like the two teams switched bodies. The Irish would end the game hitting nine of their final ten shots, while Louisville would make just two of their final 11. Only Montrezl Harrell’s ability to stay strong and get to the line kept the Cardinals in contention, but eventually Notre Dame would pull away to a 71-59 win.

Four Notre Dame players scored in double figures, led by Demetriu Jackson who had 21. Louisville’s Harrell was a beast inside, scoring 22, pulling down 12 boards, but everyone else struggled, especially Terry Rozier, who appears to be collapsing at the end of the season. Against the Irish, he was just 4-for-11 from the field, 0-for-4 from deep and let’s be honest, that’s been his standard stat line lately.

For Louisville, they are now 23-7 on the year, 11-6 in the ACC, as they fall back into a tie with North Carolina for fourth place after suffering their third home loss in the ACC. Worse yet, they have Virginia coming to town this weekend. Meanwhile, Notre Dame improves to 25-5 on the season, 13-4, locking up third place in the ACC.

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