Even despite the bench contributions, it was Zach Auguste who led the Irish attack, nabbing his ACC-leading 18th double-double on the season with a terrific 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Brey and his assistant coach originally visited Athlete Institute Prep to scout Djogo’s teammate Thon Maker but were impressed with the Stoney Creek athlete’s play in practice and scrimmage and began courting him instead. “It had us in attack mode the whole time”.
Should the Irish win Saturday afternoon, they will need Duke to lose Saturday night against North Carolina in order to earn a double bye in their quest to defend the ACC tournament championship they won last season.
“We don’t like a deliberate pace”, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. I know I feel we could have played better, and I feel like it didn’t represent all that we’ve got.
Anthony Barber leads North Carolina State (15-15, 5-12) and the ACC with 23.2 points per game.
Abdul-Malik Abu finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack.
It was much different from last month’s meeting, when Notre Dame led by 19 at half in a 90-69 home win.
Notre Dame’s prior scoring woes carried over into the game’s opening minutes, shooting just 1-for-8 from the field before the first media timeout to trail NC State 6-3.
Miami: The Hurricanes remain the only ACC team to beat the Fighting Irish since Notre Dame joined the league.
That was only the beginning for The Irish as they moved to a 15-point lead over The Hurricanes in the fourth.
“I’m sure you can imagine how it is”, she said.
One reason Notre Dame is so effective on offense is because it turns the ball over on only 14 percent of its possessions, good for third in the country.
“That was coming, that was bubbling the whole time”, Brey said of Ryan’s breakout. The Wolfpack led by six after Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer late in the first half, but Ryan again came up big, knocking down a 3 and adding three free throws as the Irish ended the first half on a 14-2 burst to take a 45-39 lead.
The future football series between the BYU Cougars and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has been trimmed down to just one game, BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe revealed in January.
NC State fought back and tied the game at 53, but this was the closest it would get to the Irish for the remainder of the game. The Irish blocked seven shots…. Notre Dame is a great university and our fans love that game.
Up 28-13, Notre Dame scored the next seven points, including four points from Hannah Huffman, for the 35-15 advantage. Notre Dame’s average possession length in the first half was 13 seconds, compared to a season average of 19. “I think it’s an opportunity for everybody to shine a little bit more”.
Entering the ACC women’s basketball tournament, Duke found itself perched uncomfortably on the bubble for an NCAA tournament bid according to the sport’s bracketologists.