Notre Dame Basketball: Huge Irish comeback tops Virginia Tech in ACC Tournament

"I guess that's their fourth game since both of them have been back".

Tech has already locked up an NCAA at-large bid, but Wednesday's early departure from the ACC Tournament may cause some concern come Selection Sunday.

Finally healthy after injuries to Colson and Farrell almost wrecked a promising season, Notre Dame advanced to play Thursday night in the ACC quarterfinals against fifth-ranked and second-seeded Duke, the defending tournament champion.

Hard to say - but they sure woke up the echoes on this snowy night in Brooklyn.

"I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I think we really deserve to be in". I think we scored four points on run-outs.

"I think T.J. did a fabulous job running the point, and everyone contributed on the offensive and defensive end", said Rex Pfluegner, "And you've got to give credit to Austin Torres, he came in and gave us that defensive edge that we were looking for".

So from whatever that number was, 15 minutes to go in the game, they scored 50 points.

Mike Brey's group stormed back ultimately winning 71-65 to shock the country and complete the largest comeback in Notre Dame program history.

Pitching remains a point of emphasis moving forward for the team, and Aoki has highlighted the importance of pitching consistency amidst the volatility of college baseball.

BUZZ WILLIAMS: We disintegrated. But the Hokies scored seven straight points over a 2:05 window and grabbed an 18-15 lead at the 9:57 stoppage. "We just completely fell apart the last 15 minutes defensively".

Notre Dame hit 19 of 22 second-half free throws - going seven for eight over a 30-second span in the final minute.


Finally, on what looked like a busted possession and the Hokies up 61-59, Colson banked in a 3-pointer from the right sideline with the shot clock at two. Ball security should be an advantage for the Fighting Irish.

In order to restore the faith of the public, the Fighting Irish must beat Virginia Tech in dominant fashion, and play well against Duke in the quarterfinals in order to make a legitimate case for a spot in the field of 68.

After getting snubbed for ACC Coach of the Year honors, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was named the national coach of the year by USA Today on Wednesday. And when it was over, Farrell and Colson embraced in a big bear hug, senior to senior. "We're a young team, but I think we're a good team, so some days there's going to be some ups and downs and some days we're going to look like a really good college baseball team, so hopefully we get the latter showing up more than the up and down part". "He's been a brother to me for my four years here".

Star Bonzie Colson also started cold in only his third game back adding two points one 1-10 shooting in the first half.

Q. Basically, what do you feel was the turning point in the second half? "They're such tough dudes".

Justin Bibbs was the other leading scorer for the Hokies, dropping 15 points as well while going 6-for-14 from the field. The Blue Devils dominated the second half and won 88-66.

The Hokies fell to Notre Dame, 71-65, eliminating itself from the 2018 ACC Tournament. The three ball killed Notre Dame early in the game and they could not shut down Virginia Tech.

Tonight, Notre Dame will play a very talented Duke basketball team.

A win tomorrow night would all but guarantee Notre Dame a trip to the NCAA's.

Virginia Tech men's basketball.


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