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ACC Roundup - Notre Dame Woes Continue

The Irish have been off since the Hawaii trip

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NCAA Basketball: Ball State at Notre Dame
Dec 5, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) leaves the court after the Ball State Cardinals defeated Notre Dame 80-77 at the Purcell Pavilion. 
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Notre Dame lost a shocker to Ball State as Tayler Persons rose up and hit a magnificent three with time running out to pull off the upset 80-77.

Well everyone seems surprised except Notre Dame. Coach and players alike say they’re not playing very well.

Bonzie Colson called it a “reality check.”

Matt Farrell said that "[w]e haven't been very good since we've been back. We really haven't. We've got some work to do here before we go and play again.”

Coach Mike Brey said "[w]e haven't been very good since we've been back [from Maui]. We really haven't. We've got some work to do here before we go and play again. I can't put my finger on it."

Notre Dame has an interesting game coming up with Delaware where Mike Brey got his first head coaching job. After that is Indiana. Will Notre Dame right the ship? Time will tell.

Notre Dame is likely to be unranked next week after going up as high as #5 and Virginia will slide too. The Cavaliers lost to West Virginia 68-61.

West Virginia went up 7-0 and never really let up. Almost to a man the Virginia players said that the game was a valuable learning experience. UVA’s defense was, UVA-ish, holding the Mountaineers to 42% overall but allowing 10 three pointers. Devon Hall had 19 while Kyle Guy had 18, all in the second half. Nobody else hit double figures.

Lonnie Walker stepped up big for Miami after Bruce Brown sat out the game with a hand injury, hitting four threes in four minutes. He finished with 26. DJ Vasiljevic had 15.

Miami closes out the non-conference season with George Washington and Hawaii. Brown should be back in time for Hawaii.

Syracuse ran up a 17-point second half lead before blowing most of it to UConn in the Garden. The Huskies cut the lead down to eight with about two minutes left before Syracuse clamped down. Matthew Moyer had 18 points, surpassing his season total to date (17). Tyus Battle led the way with 22 points. Freshman Oshae Brissett had 16 points and 10 boards.

Two of the league’s sad sacks, Wake Forest and Pitt, are starting to look a little less sad.

Wake won its second straight game by double digits, beating Charlotte 80-57 after thumping Richmond 82-53.

That’s four straight after Wake’s rocky beginning and moves the Deacs to 5-4. Not a bad bounce-back from a disastrous start.

Pitt’s now 5-4 with an overtime 82-78 win over Mt. St. Mary’s. That’s no big deal of course except that Pitt has been struggling so. Freshman point guard Marcus Carr was the hero as he hit free throws in OT to put the game away.

Remember the other day when Florida State’s A.D. Stan Wilcox said FSU couldn’t compete with a $27 million dollar offer Texas A&M made to Jimbo Fisher?

Well that was then, this is now. Wilcox hired Oregon’s Willie Taggart and gave him $30 million.

We’d have loved to have seen Fisher’s reaction to that news.

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