Virginia Tech only made three field goals in the last 11 minutes and then when the pressure mounted, they gad to foul the Irish to get the ball back. "I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I really think we deserve to be in (the NCAA Tournament)".
In a town where the Knicks and Nets are starving for talent, Bagley put his on full display, totaling 33 points and 17 rebounds in leading second-seeded Duke to an 88-70 triumph over No. 10-seed Notre Dame. [Junior infielders] Nick Podkul and Cole Daily continue to play at a really high level, getting some contributions from a guy like [senior outfielder] Alex Kerschner, so I think [junior first baseman] Daniel Jung has been much improved. "They scored 45 points in the last 15 minutes", Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. He and the Blue Devils will face off against either North Carolina or Miami. "We've got to start games like that".
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish had little to gain and everything to lose against Pitt, but they took care of business, shooting 26 of 31 from the free throw line. Farrell also missed several games during Colson's absence with an injured ankle. Gibbs found John Mooney for a dunk underneath the defense with two seconds left to make it 41-37 at halftime.
ESPN has Notre Dame listed as one of the first four teams out of the field.
It's hard to know for sure when a team plays in a league tournament game if it's truly do or die, but Notre Dame seemingly was facing that ultimatum. The Blue Devils hit 14 of their first 23 shots.
"I was glad he was on my team, I'm glad we're able to compete every day in practice ... it's good to have him".
The main objective is to the win the ACC Tournament and ultimately a national championship. The Irish shot 43 percent for the game. The senior forward shot 1-10 in the first half, and looked physically exhausted. Devon Hall went for 14 points and five assists. The Irish picked up their first conference win last weekend at Louisville and are 3-0 on the road this season.
"Our bigs do a heck of a job of (keeping the ball alive)", Hall said. I told them we only have two guaranteed games left, so now we got another one. And our bigs, on our own shots, they crash the glass.
I didn't necessarily think that we were great in the first half or the second half offensively.
But Colson (12 points and seven rebounds) and his teammates unearthed some reserve fuel in the closing minutes.
"I give a lot of credit to Virginia Tech", Colson said. Elijah Thomas was forceful inside, finishing with eight points, 12 rebounds and three assists.
All of the talk surrounding Boston College men's basketball the past two seasons, more so this week than ever, has been about Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman-and reasonably so. "We couldn't get enough stops".
Baylor lost four of five down the stretch to play itself out. At that point, Duke was clicking on all cylinders.
"You know, a year ago we lost this game that's going to be played (Friday)", Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.
"They're such an explosive offensive unit and tonight we had no answers", Brey said. On Wednesday afternoon alone, the duo recorded 50 points in BC's thrilling victory over North Carolina State. Pinson later went coast-to-coast for a loud two-handed slam to keep UNC ahead 71-65 with 3:28 to play.