March Madness: Notre Dame in Buffalo for St. Patrick's Day

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"When we're not scoring it doesn't affect us on the defensive end".

Now, I'm not arguing for Matt Ryan to play starter's minutes or anything, but I think he could give this team 15+ minutes per game and provide a spark so that the offense doesn't stagnate as it did for various stretches against Princeton. The Republican has been friends with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey since he worked at the University of DE, from where Christie graduated.

Whatever ND did to build up their country-leading free throw percentage, they need to figure out how to channel that into late-game situations, when those free throws matter most and could mean the difference between a win and a loss.

This really isn't something we needed to experience firsthand to be able to identify as true, but when the two departing senior starters and captains play poorly, the team, too, plays poorly. "We're going to have to adjust throughout the game, change tempos and have them guard us in the half-court sometimes". "I might have a good look early in the shot clock and I have to rise up and shoot it".

Where West Virginia gains the advantage in this matchup is rebounds. Instead, Notre Dame advances to the second round for the third consecutive year. The ball clanged off the front rim, an inch from ending Notre Dame's season. The Irish average only 9.3 turnovers a game and give it away only 13.8 percent of their possessions.

"It's not going to be pretty all the time in the NCAA Tournament", said Vasturia, who finished with 10 points on 12 shots and a game-best eight boards in 37 minutes, which tied for team high.

"We're going to turn the ball over". "We didn't shoot the ball very well and we weren't moving well offensively, we weren't screening that well".

West Virginia has forced at least 10 turnovers in every game this season and has created 15 or more in 26 games.

These two offenses are two of the best in the West region.

Last year Notre Dame trailed 11th seeded MI by 12 points at half time before rallying for the seven point win. That came in an 83-80 loss at Florida State on January 18.

Watching him against Princeton, he clearly isn't 100% because of that minor injury, but he powered through it to put up 18 and 7 and serve as the only saving grace for the Irish offense in the final quarter of the game.

"It was something we've been through", forward Bonzie Colson said. "I don't know if we shot the ball very well, but, like I said, it's about making adjustments and we did what we had to do to get out of there with a win". "Everybody that's on the floor needs to be a receiver". Since then, spanning 16 games, the Irish have turned it over more than 11 times in a game just once.

The key to WVU's opening round victory wasn't exclusively their press, but a combination of different half-court sets and a solid performance on the offensive end. Breaking the press then getting conservative often is a bad idea.

"He's a tough kid", Brey said. "So I think our thing is, when we get through it, are we looking to attack?" Notre Dame has the best big man in the ACC, but as a whole, the Irish only average 33.8 boards per game. "The good thing about basketball is there's always another game as long as you keep winning".

Added Weisz: "We kind of adjusted and we asked ourselves, 'What do we want to make of this game?' We came out, clawed back, and it all started on the defensive end for us".

"We're going to attack", Farrell said. They're good at it.

There are certain key areas in the backcourt where Huggins is looking to set a trap between Adrian, who offers size, and one of the guards - Jevon Carter, Daxter Miles Jr., Teyvon Myers and Tarik Phillip. I thought I was awake during a surgery.

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