Notre Dame Snaps Losing Streak: Box of the Day
Box Score of the Day:
Today's pick is.. Notre Dame's 90-57 win over Louisville.
Is it possible that a team possessing a 7-game losing streak on their resume could still make the NCAA Tournament? The Fighting Irish are going to try and push the limits. Look at the games remaining on their schedule: home against USF, Rutgers, St. John's. Winnable road games against Providence & West Virginia. If the Irish somehow can get back over .500 in Big East play, you'd have to once again consider them for a fringe at-large bid. Of course, that's a lot of what if wins that may never come to fruition. But if they do, you can owe it to this blow out win over #7 Louisville.
As always with Notre Dame, you start with Luke Harangody. His 32 & 17 follows up what was perhaps the worst ever performance of his life against UCLA. But the real difference today, and perhaps you can simply chalk it up to chance, was that Ryan Ayers & Kyle McAlarney both had their best shooting days in about a month. The two combined for 10-16 from three. Behind those threes, and Notre Dame's dominance on the boards, Louisville had little chance.
Louisville, you may remember, was the team that started Notre Dame's losing streak by knocking them off in OT. Terrence Williams was a monster that night, but on Thursday he was barely visible with just 5 points and 4 boards (vs. 24 & 16 the first meeting). More troublesome though for Louisville is the play of Samardo Samuels. The freshman big man hasn't played over 25 minutes in a month, and has hauled in a whopping 9 boards in the last 4 games. 6-9, 260 lbs and 2 rpg don't go together.