West Virginia-Notre Dame is the ultimate take-away, keep-away matchup

Mar 18, 2017, 00:55
West Virginia-Notre Dame is the ultimate take-away, keep-away matchup

The Republican has been friends with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey since he worked at the University of DE, from where Christie graduated. Although both teams can finish from the line, in dire circumstances, Notre Dame is nearly automatic from the line, and if it comes down to it, they could put this game away with a free shot. Tip-off is at 12:10 p.m from the KeyBank Center.

"The looks we got were good", Henderson said. "That's how we were going to escape and we did escape. We've got to be able to look up the floor and have five guys as receivers and just be mentally tough, which is something we've been able to do in the past". "I don't know if we shot the ball very well, but, like I said, it's about making adjustments and we did what we had to do to get out of there with a win". I can't be more appreciative of them, especially as a senior.

Gonzaga 66, South Dakota State 46: Jordan Mathews scored 16 points to help Gonzaga slowly pull away from South Dakota State in Salt Lake City and avoid the first 1 vs. 16 upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament. "You got guys everywhere".

"We made adjustments in the second half trying to get Bonzie down there", Farrell said.

"The overriding thing is we want to make you really uncomfortable", Huggins said. "We were able to post him more". The Fighting Irish led the ACC in turnovers, giving up just nine per game.

"We try to compare (West Virginia) to Florida State, which we played three times", Brey said.

Perhaps the most important key to West Virginia's game plan will be to attack the offensive glass; If they can match their 17 offensive rebound-effort from Thursday, that alone could carry them. "I think we're 18-3 in our last 21 overtime games".

Nevertheless, there are a lot of things the Irish can improve based on this one, and ND fans are certainly hopeful that they do, considering the high-octane, pressing defense that West Virginia will come out swinging with on Saturday.

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"We've focused on not fouling a lot more and we're sliding our feet better", Adrian said.

West Virginia runs two basic presses - a man-to-man and a 2-2-1.

We gettin' to the thick of it! Weisz grabbed the rebound and passed the ball to Amir Bell, who, in turn, dribbled into the front court and dished it off to Cannady who left fly with a jumper that was contested by Farrell. "If we get good shots, we're going to take it". They face-guard you, they run and trap you.

The Fighting Irish are making their third consecutive tournament appearance in large part because Farrell has adapted in his first season as a full-time starter. "We have one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios and we do a good job of handling the ball and handling pressure". Some guys didn't shoot it as well as they'd liked, but we continued to guard. And we're going to have to be disciplined with that.

Like most things in Brey's coaching philosophy, the last thing he wants to do is stress his players over the "scary prospect" of handling West Virginia's press.

Combined with Matt Farrell's first half performance (he was not good in the 2nd half), Pflueger's defense, and Matt Ryan's 9 minutes of solid basketball, Notre Dame was able to endure a awful overall team game and beat a solid-yet-unspectacular team, surviving and advancing (which at the end of the day, is all that matters). "I think for myself and V.J., I think we'll bounce back and knock down shots; that's something we've been doing all season".

"Personally, I've got to do better", Farrell said. We stayed locked in on defense and then on the offense end, we was still in our movement. We need to move and set screens and we need to flow better. Instead, ND shot 60% (6-of-10) in the final 5 minutes, allowing Princeton to stick around and keep chipping away at the lead.