Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke must overcome the Notre Dame mystique at Barclays.

Grayson Allen reacts after making a three-point play in the first half against Notre Dame at the ACC tournament.

Several factors will play a role into Notre Dame's potential selection in the NCAA Tournament outside of its resume. The Red Raiders won for just the second time in their last six games despite Jacob Young's 29 career-high points on 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range for the Longhorns. Notre Dame may be a young team, but they've clearly shown promise, Aoki said.

Ferrell led Notre Dame in scoring with 22 points against Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

Even as the Irish had won four straight ACC Tournaments from 2014-17, McGraw viewed her team as "the underdog".

As we will do every day throughout the rest of the season, here is a look at how college basketball's bubble teams fared on Saturday.

The Hokies kept up the offensive barrage in the second half, leading 47-26 with 15:07 left to go in the game. The freshman big man posted 23 points and nine rebounds, proving to be a bit too much for Bonzie Colson and the Fighting Irish to handle. But that was without the Fighting Irish's two best players, Colson and Ferrell, who missed the game with injuries.

"I think we certainly are in the conversation", coach Muffet McGraw said after the 74-72 loss to Louisville. Colson and Farrell were both out injured when the Irish lost 88-66 at Duke in late January during Notre Dame's seven-game slide. That's 37 points of production on top of leadership missing from the lineup. The Blue Devils took a 13-point lead, but Colson went at Wendell Carter Jr. to force his fourth foul.

Yes, the Irish did have a couple of bad 80-77 losses to IN and Ball State when healthy, both falling IN quadrant three.

Duke: A semifinal matchup with Miami or North Carolina. Overall, Tech shot 41.7 percent, significantly lower than their season mark of 49.9 percent.

Points in the paint were controlled by Virginia Tech, with 30 points, compared to Notre Dame's 16.

Couple that with the fact that the Ball State and IN losses both came IN December with Colson and Farrell healthy, and it leaves the committee with a tough call. "Mike has that team together the whole year?"

Mike Brey's team trailed by more than 20 points earlier in the contest.

Notre Dame's strength of record rank, which measures how hard a team's W-L record was to achieve, is No. 53.

Pinson finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Farrell said after the game his tenacity and energy that ignited the play proved to be the clear momentum shifter his squad needed.

The Archer grad led the Peach Belt in scoring (20.3), reaching double figures in every game as the team qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament, and averaged 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's most outstanding defenders, in both men's and women's basketball, have more than talent in common - both hail from Gwinnett County.

"I don't want to hear about the best 68 (teams in the NCAA Tournament)", Brey said.

"I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I think we really deserve to be in", Brey said. They ended the regular season with a big win over North Carolina.

The Irish pass the eye test easily at full strength.

Tatiana Wayne, a Columbus State junior was selected as the Peach Belt Conference player of the year and to the league's first team.

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