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Notre Dame vs Duke

Notre Dame vs Duke

The Fighting Irish trailed the Virginia Tech Hokies by 18 points with 12:23 left in the game, but pulled off a miraculous comeback to win 71-65. Virginia Tech falls to 21-11, but by most observations has already done enough to extend their season into March Madness.

"We disintegrated. We didn't guard".

That's not exactly how it went down.

The Hokies controlled the opening minutes of the second half, extending their lead to as many as 21 points.

Duke opened as a six-point favorite and now is laying seven.

Just 1 minute, 30 seconds into the second frame, Tech built its lead to a 17-point advantage after consecutive fastbreak layups, making Notre Dame call another timeout. After the ball banked in, he kissed three fingers on each hand and gestured to the crowd with arms raised.

Was Clarke foolish to even touch him?

Farrell poured in 22 points for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish. The Hokies and Irish did.

Two minutes to go and Colson connected from the wing for the Irish to finally take the lead back 60-59.

This will be the Blue Devils first game of the ACC Tournament while the Irish will be going for the third time in three days.

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Early action can, and often does, deceive.

"I don't know if I've ever been prouder of a team in a game that really matters", Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

Notre Dame: Previously, the largest comeback in school history was in February 2012, when the Irish erased a 20-point deficit to beat Villanova 74-70 in overtime.

He knew the defense was working.

Duke ranks 31st in steals per game (7.6) while Notre Dame ranks 164th (5.8). And one of their scores was a gift, an offensive rebound that fell into Austin Torres' lap for a routine layup. Virginia Tech increased its lead to 13 at 34-21 heading into the halftime break. He hit only a single bucket in 10 attempts in the first half, and his lack of scoring scuttled Notre Dame out of the gate. Farrell said after the game his tenacity and energy that ignited the play proved to be the clear momentum shifter his squad needed. Although the Hokies had a great game plan to contain Colson with double teams and denying the ball, he finished with 12 points, none bigger than the three that breathed life into the green and gold clad fans in Barclays Arena.

After getting snubbed for ACC Coach of the Year honors, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was named the national coach of the year by USA Today on Wednesday. You don't miss 15 games and magically regain your legs in a week. In the midst of it, Tech's Chris Clarke was called for a charge on the baseline.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Notre Dame still has a shot at being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after several knee injuries crippled the Fighting Irish this season. ESPN's bracketology expert, Joe Lunardi, had the Irish as the fifth team out of the tournament coming into Wednesday's game.

Freshman 6-foot-10 forward Wendell Carter Jr. provides another force in the post with the 6-foot-11 Bagley. Colson and Farrell were both out injured when the Irish lost 88-66 at Duke in late January during Notre Dame's seven-game slide.

Beat Duke, and Notre Dame nearly certainly elbows its way into the NCAA bracket.

But, the Blue Devils get it done on the defensive end too ranking No. 10 in adjusted defensive efficiency, No. 11 in effective field goal percent allowed (46 percent) and No. 11 in two-point field goal percentage allowed (44.4 percent), all per KenPom.com.


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