The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were looking to get on a little bit of a roll in Coral Gables against the Miami-Florida Hurricanes after beating the Boston College Eagles. With just two ACC wins, a matchup against the Canes (with just one ACC win) seemed like the right time for a winning streak to start.
Notre Dame started out on fire and quickly jumped to an 8 point lead, but the Canes battled hard with post play and second chance points to pull ahead of the Irish. Miami took a 28-23 lead into the half with a buzzer beating slam dunk.
The Irish barely made it back onto the court.
We won’t dive too deep into the details here, but I’d say poor shooting and poor shot selection probably caused this blowout. The Irish shot just 32% from the field, and were a horrific 4-28 behind the 3 point line. So, Notre Dame was shooting 50% from 2 point land, but decided to just launch three after three in the hopes that the law of averages would help them.
It did not.
T.J. Gibbs didn’t score his 2 points until the last minute of the game, and John Mooney was denied another double double as he had 11 points and 6 rebounds. It was a horrific performance all the way around, and I’m not sure what the Irish can do from here (stop shooting so many threes would be a fine start).
In the ultimate irony, Notre Dame was a perfect 7-7 at the free throw line. I want to say we’ll have more on this game — but why?
Next up for the Irish are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in South Bend.