More ND Post-Mortem Links

dave@friarblog —  February 22nd, 2009 8:40 PM
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Sorry for the lack of usual coverage after the game yesterday…I had to jet literally right after the brutal loss, and did not smash my laptop as some may have speculated.

Here are some more links, if you can handle thinking any more about the brutal home loss on Saturday.

Hey, at least since it was a big game with NCAA bubble implications, this story was picked up a lot by the national media!  Um, hooray?

Projo.com: Irish shoot out the lights on the Friars’ afternoon, and perhaps their season

In preparation for Saturday’s game against defensively challenged Providence College, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey gave his players a goal to shoot for. The Irish didn’t circle 80 or even 90 points on their scouting report.

How about 95?

Projo.com: Jim Donaldson: PC’s postseason chances are defenseless

“The plan,” Efejuku said, “was to identify their shooters — McAlarney and Ayers. We tried to do that, but we didn’t do a good enough job. They run their offense well. They got a lot of uncontested looks. The coach wasn’t happy with that.”

The coach, Keno Davis, let his unhappiness be known in his postgame chat with his senior-dominated squad.

Projo.com: PC journal: Friars may need to win out in order to make the NCAAs

The sellout crowd that packed the Dunkin’ Donuts came to celebrate the retirement of John Egan’s jersey, and also hoped to enjoy a critical Friar win. But while Egan’s halftime ceremony went off without a hitch, the Friars never could gain the upper hand against a hot-shooting Notre Dame team that rang up a season-high 103 points against PC’s ragged defense.

AOL Fanhouse: Notre Dame Gets a Rare Road Win

Nothing like having two defensively challenged teams facing each other to provide entertaining — if one-dimensional — basketball. Notre Dame and Providence offered just that as the Fighting Irish got only their second Big East road win, 103-84.

New York Times: Notre Dame in Thick of Big East Conference’s Muddle in the Middle

With their matinee flop, the Friars find themselves outside the N.C.A.A. tournament conversation. They are 16-11 over all and 8-7 in the conference, and they look as if they should begin preparations to host a National Invitation Tournament game.

Boston.com: Friars are clearly feeling heat

Officially, the play-in game for the NCAA Tournament won’t be held until next month in Dayton, Ohio. Unofficially, one such contest took place yesterday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Notre Dame at Providence was part of what ESPN called “bracket-buster Saturday.” “Bubble-buster Saturday” would have been more appropriate, as two teams whose invitations to the Big Dance are iffy at best faced each other.

Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame routs Providence by 19

But in a 103-84 throttling of Providence on Saturday, Notre Dame looked more like its ideal self than it had in weeks. No one had said self-rediscovery would be a solo journey. Just when the Irish’s NCAA tournament hopes dangled in the balance, presto, the Friars and their appallingly passive defense appeared.

Providence, indeed.

Black and Green Irish Men’s Basketball Report: Notre Dame 103, Providence 84

We took care of business and won big on the road against a team with similar tournament hopes. Oh yeah, our best player was in foul trouble and ineffective all day. I’ll take it. We knew that the bare minimum this week would be a split of West Virginia and Providence. We got that split and live a bit longer.

TurnTo10.com: Providence Drops Home Loss to Notre Dame

The Providence College men’s basketball team has lost 5 of it’s last 7 games, after suffering a 103-84 home loss to Notre Dame.  The Irish were led by Ryan Ayers, who scored 28, making seven of Notre Dame’s 13 3-pointers.  Notre Dame moves their record to 15-11, and 6-8 in Big East play.

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