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3 Things We Learned From Notre Dame’s Loss To The Virginia Cavaliers

Hard lessons — that’s what we learned.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The 82-55 loss the Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered at home against the Virginia Cavaliers felt like a season ending kick in the nuts. While I still held out some hope that the Irish could make the season look a little more respectable, the conjoined losses to Georgia Tech and this beatdown — beat it right out of me.

The night is dark and full of terrors.


The game might have broke Pat, and that’s okay. You can’t blame anyone for feeling that way after witnessing that mess. Part of Pat’s spiral into despair was a righteous call for action by Notre Dame to further supply the brave and honorable souls that attend basketball games, the best entertainment possible.

They listened.


This isn’t Vegas talking, but it was a number that fellow OFDer Jude Seymour threw my way the other day. So, let’s be clear... the Irish have 1 ACC win — where are the next 3 for the over?

Who will the Irish beat? If someone had to twist my arm to get 3 wins (and I really don’t believe they will right now) I suppose they could actually get 4 with Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson and Boston College.

I don’t know. It’s a sad exercise.


When the Irish were getting hit with injuries last season, I though T.J. Gibbs did a remarkable job of stepping up and delivering for the Irish. They weren’t the greatest performances, but it certainly left most fans with a feeling that he would build on that this year.

That doesn’t seem to be the case at all.

Gibbs has struggled all season, and it was no different against Virginia. Sure, 9 points isn’t terrible, but 4-12 from the floor including 0-5 from behind the 3 point line. Oh yeah... and 1-4 from the free throw line.

It’s a little more than disappointing that a guy that was considered one of the better shooters on the team coming into the season, is having such a tough year. It gets compounded in big games when that’s exactly the kind of guy you need to hit those shots to make it a game.

I’m not trying to throw Gibbs under the bus here — I want him back. Come home T.J., the chili is hot and the biscuits are moist.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports