Following last week’s embarrassing loss to N.C. State, the Notre Dame basketball program was as low as it has been under Mike Brey. Not only was their performance lacking, but effort was lacking and there was no fire – all hope for an NCAA Tournament bid seemed lost.
The Irish then came back Tuesday and finally found offensive rhythm en route to a 96-85 win over an improved Boston College team.
The Irish currently sit at 4-7 in conference and to ensure an NCAA Tournament appearance, ND will likely have to finish 9-9 in the ACC. An 8-10 mark could still get the job done, but nothing is guaranteed at that point.
The remaining seven contests include three home games and four road games. Notre Dame will be figured to be favored in five of those contests.
Of the remaining games, the Irish figure to lose to North Carolina and UVA – both games on the road (Worth nothing that when the Irish take on the Tar Heels, it will be UNC’s third game in five games). However, every other game is very winnable for the Irish – starting with Florida State Saturday.
Miami and Pitt round out the Irish home schedule, while the Irish face a rematch with Boston College and take on lowly Wake Forest on the road.
During their seven game losing streak, the Irish looked inept on offense. However, their win on Tuesday gave Irish fans a glimmer of hope. If Notre Dame can replicate that offensive performance moving forward, along with the return of D.J. Harvey and Bonzie Colson, then they can make a serious run at a bid.
It all starts Saturday. The Irish have the opportunity to prove their offensive performance vs. BC was no fluke against a tournament team. Just don’t let us get confidence and get hot down the stretch.