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The Irish had just one game last week when they went cold shooting and lost at home to Syracuse. As such, ND dropped a spot or two in most polls, but at least one national contributor didn't think the loss was much cause for concern.
In the big picture, this loss changes nothing. The Irish are still who we thought they’ve been all season. If Trevor Cooney hadn’t emerged from his slump to pull two miracle shots out of his [butt], Notre Dame probably would have beaten Syracuse. If the Irish had gone even just 5-for-22 instead of 3-for-22 from the 3-point line, they probably would have won.
The computers have ND in approximately the same positions as last week as well. Interestingly, despite ND moving up two spots in the KenPom, their AdjO ranking fell from 2nd to 4th after the poor shooting night against the Orange, but their AdjD ranking jumped up from the mid 150s to 148. On the Bracketology front, SB Nation's bracketology dropped ND to the 4-line, but everyone else left ND as a 3. Additionally, all four have the Irish heading to Columbus for the first round games.
The Irish have played some memorable games recently against the Cardinals which have tended to require more than 40 minutes. The last season Louisville and Notre Dame faced each other was two years ago which featured the famous 5 OT game at the JACC. In the last 11 meetings between the two schools, seven have required at least one extra period. An Irish win would clinch 3rd place in the regular season regardless of the result against Clemson on Saturday. Louisville faces a tough game against Virginia on Saturday, so an Irish loss tonight won't end their hopes of 3rd place. Of course, just beating Louisville would be preferable. A win would be a nice boost for NCAA seeding, and erase any lingering doubts caused by the Syracuse game. The game tips off at 7ET at the KFC Yum Center, and we'll be here during the game. If you can't watch live, just be sure to extend the DVR an extra 90 minutes in case of OT(s).