The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played what I would call, a less than exciting basketball game. It was closely contested but the game was filled with many mistakes and missed open shots. The Yellow Jackets ended up on top by a score of 63-61. A poorly played game on the road in the ACC rarely ends with a win. This is what we learned.
Roller Coaster Continues
The roller coaster that is Prentiss Hubb continued on Tuesday night. Less than a week ago he played what I thought was his best game this season against North Carolina. Last night he might of had his worst game. Starting at point guard, he finished with zero points. Not many teams produce good offensive numbers when their PG is struggling that bad. We will call this game a learning experience that helps develop Prentiss Hubb in the future.
This game showed exactly why many people predicted Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to finish towards the bottom of the ACC. Neither team showed anything impressive. Two teams still searching to take that next stop. Both teams shot under 27% from three point land. Notre Dame had 13 turnovers and Georgia Tech had 14. In a low scoring game, this is a large percentage of possessions ending in turnovers.
Time To Look Ahead
Look, we might have been there already but now it is officially time to cross the NCAA tournament off the goal sheet. Notre Dame is now playing for next year, officially. I want to see the young players flash. I want to see close games with teams that should be beating the Irish by 20 points. I want to see DJ Harvey develop his game and show signs he can be a go to scorer every single night. The Irish have some pieces to work with and I want to see them grow this year.
Notre Dame is now 11-8 and 1-5 in the ACC. Nothing says ACC basketball like a back to back home stand against Virginia and Duke. Yikes. This will be a huge test for Notre Dame. Can they handle the elite talent that they will be up against. Again, let’s look for growth and not wins just yet.