When the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lost to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons the other day, it put a big cork in the excitement for this matchup against the Florida State Seminoles. The Irish were looking to win out in the regular season and make a bit of a splash in the ACC Tournament — but now it’s likely all or nothing.
WHERE, WHEN, AND HOW TO WATCH
- Where: Purcell Pavilion. South Bend, Indiana
- When: Wednesday, March 4 @ 9:00 EST
- How to watch: ESPN 2
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THE QUICK THOUGHT
This was the game that everyone pointed to. Hell — it was the loss we all pointed to as well. The Irish lost to the Noles in Tallahassee by the grace of zebras, but it showed what this Notre Dame basketball team could do against a top tier team. While the road to an NCAA berth is really rocky, just getting a win here will feel like a massive thing. John Mooney (AKA John Mutton), T.J. Gibbs, Prentiss Hubb, and the rest of the bunch absolutely have to show up and win to give themselves confidence for that ACC Tourney on the horizon.