The Notre Dame Fighting Irish picked up the rare ACC win on Saturday when it beat the Boston College Eagles 79-72 in Chestnut Hill. The Irish shot over 50% from the field, and got a surprise performance to seal the victory.
Here’s what we know/learned from this game:
THE STREAK CONTINUES
This stat is becoming my new favorite flex: Notre Dame has beat Boston College 13 times in a row in basketball. There’s nothing we really learned from the 13th victory about this series other than BC sucks they will suck forever and ever, amen.
UNEXPECTED TREATS ARE THE BEST TREATS
Really, there should only be one topic for discussion here.. Nikola Djogo. Man oh man what a game from the normally befuddled Canadian. 21 points is basically a 10 game total for Djogo, but he got in the zone against the Eagles. He went 7-10 from the floor and 4-6 from behind the three point line. I mean... it was ridiculously fun to watch.
With Juwan Durham’s return, I thought maybe the “surprise” would be a breakout performance from the shotblocker, but Djogo fully exceeded my expectations and shocked everyone watching.
STILL LINE SEARCHING
I’m still a bit disappointed that the Irish aren’t going a little bigger more often. D.J. Harvey just doesn’t seem to be getting it done out there, and I’d rather Juwan Durham get more minutes with John Mooney out on the court. Throw T.J. Gibbs out there with them along with Prentiss Hubb and Dane Goodwin.
Not much has worked in ACC play, and I may be in the minority here, but I like the balance that lineup could bring. They can sub in with Nate Laszewski and Harvey as they see fit. Oh... and more Ninjago (shots willing).
The Irish travel south to take on the Miami-Florida Hurricanes. The Canes have just 1 ACC win to their name, so the Irish have a chance to get the ball rolling a little bit as the season winds down.