Notre Dame vs. Duke

As postseason play arrives, the Blue Devils are into the details

The Fighting Irish average 23.2 three-pointers per game, which ranks 110th in the NCAA. But in the month of March, inexplicable things tend to pile up in droves.

Duke opens postseason play Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. and will face off against Notre Dame, a 71-65 victor against Virginia Tech in the second round Wednesday.

Mike Brey's team trailed by more than 20 points earlier in the contest. You're not going to want to miss this one. "But they're a very good team, when their bigs are playing like they did tonight and knocking down shots, they're a Final Four team".

Bagley and Allen were a combined 8-for-9 on 3-pointers and the rest of the team was 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, but it didn't matter. The last of Allen's threes gave Duke its largest first-half lead at 32-19.

With an RPI now sitting at seventy and bad losses against Ball St. and Georgia Tech to name a few, Notre Dame is going to need to do some more resume padding. They have six Quadrant 1 wins - including North Carolina and Clemson - and a 7-10 record against the top two quadrants with just a single Quadrant 3 loss.

"No, he's ready to roll", Brey said. I didn't say much at halftime. "You know, look, I hope they get in because I think they can beat anybody", Krzyzewski said.

Farrell finished with a game-high 22 points, including a 4-for-11 mark from beyond the arc, followed by 14 from junior guard Rex Pflueger, who hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, and 12 points from Colson. The Blue Devils shot 55.4 percent for the game. The Hokies' lead still held at 54-37 with under 11 minutes to go.

As postseason play arrives, the Blue Devils are into the details

Colson then added a pair of free throws with 1:14 to play. We didn't guard. They scored 45 points in the last 15 minutes. Clark took exception to that and shoved Farrell resulting in a technical foul.

"I guess that's their fourth game since both of them have been back". We can't have a game where we don't show up. "No matter what happens, we'll be accepting and proud".

Teammates were left dumbfounded afterward as Bagley made 11 of 12 field goal attempts in the second half, using his quickness to beat Irish forward Martinas Geben and relying on his height to score over Bonzie Colson. Colson leads in rebounds with 101. while Farrell tops in assists with 5.3 per game.

Duke opened a 53-41 lead with a strong start to the second half.

Duke, looking to repeat as ACC champions, will face No. 10-seeded Notre Dame (20-13) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. "I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I really think we deserve to be in (the NCAA Tournament)".

"We made a hell of a run up here", Brey told his team. "Played great at Charlottesville, and then I think they won their other two games, and obviously they won the two games since they've been in New York", Williams said about Notre Dame's NCAA Tournament chances.

That's more the sort of team Brey thought he would have all winter until Colson's broken foot sidelined him most of January and February and Farrell missed another five contests with an ankle sprain. I talked to them the whole time about the NIT could be where we're at.

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