The Notre Dame Fighting Irish did not play their best game, scoring just 64 points, but the effort was enough to beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets yesterday 64-60. The 64 points are the least amount Notre Dame has scored in a victory since they December 28th when they scored 63 against Saint Peter’s. The Irish are now a five game winning streak and this is what we learned.
ACC Double-Bye Should Happen
Notre Dame currently sits in fourth place in the ACC standings. The top four teams in the league receive a double-bye in the conference tournament. In order to secure a top four spot the scenarios are cut and dry.
- Win the last two games
- Win one of the two games and North Carolina beats Duke
If the Irish lose both games it is very likely they will only get the single-bye in the tournament. Securing a double-bye in the ACC tournament is always a sign of a great regular season.
Bonzie Colson Is On A Tear
He is playing the best basketball of the season right now, and showing no signs of slowing down. Bonzie went for another casual 20 points and 11 rebounds. The man can do no wrong right now. He has been a constant factor in the five game winning streak. In my opinion, he should be first team All-ACC and have an outside shot an National Player of the Year. His stats during ACC play are 17.3 ppg and 10.8 rpg. All in the hardest conference in America.
Notre Dame Basketball Is... For Real
Everyone will forever think of Notre Dame and football, but Mike Brey has built something special. Notre Dame fans were nervous moving from the Big East over to the ACC. They weren’t sure if the Irish could compete with the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Louisville and Virginia. The last three years have proved Notre Dame basketball is legit and the ACC success is not a fluke. Notre Dame has the same amount of ACC wins is the last three years (36) as Duke. Wrap your head around that one. The only teams with more are North Caroline (38) and Virginia (37).
Notre Dame now sits at 22-7 overall and 11-5 in the conference with only two games left. Notre Dame will host Boston College on Senior Night for Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem. The final regular season game will be at Louisville.