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Notre Dame Defeats Virginia Tech in ACC Tournament

Winning 20 games in the Atlantic Coast Conference is usually enough to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, but the Notre Dame men’s basketball team are firmly on the bubble due to their lack of impressive wins. The Fighting Irish finally added a big win to their resume when they defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday, March 7.

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech looked like they were two evenly matched teams during the first 12 minutes of the first half, but the Fighting Irish went completely cold on offense late in the half. Notre Dame’s lack of scoring allowed the Hokies to grab a 13-point lead before the halftime buzzer.

Virginia Tech continued to dominate the game early in the second half. After going down by more than 20 points, Notre Dame started playing with some intensity and passion. An impressive scoring run gave the Fighting Irish the lead with two minutes left to play. The hot shooting only continued after they took the lead as Notre Dame went on to defeat Virginia Tech 71-65.

Despite the big win over the Hokies, Notre Dame still needs to do more work to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish are set to play the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday, March 8, in the third round of the ACC tournament. A win over the 5th ranked team in the country should be enough to let the Fighting Irish play for a national championship later this month.

Notre Dame Defeats Pittsburgh in ACC Tournament

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish need to put on an impressive performance in the ACC tournament if they want a chance to play for a national championship. A few big wins this week may earn Notre Dame an at-large spot in the March Madness tournament, but winning the ACC tournament is the only way the team will feel secure on Selection Sunday. The quest to a conference tournament title began on Tuesday when the Fighting Irish played the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Notre Dame entered the game as huge favorites because the Pitt Panthers had only eight wins in the regular season. The opening minutes of the first half were extremely tight, but everything started going Notre Dame’s way late in the half. The Fighting Irish dominated every aspect of the game as they grabbed a 12-point lead at the halftime buzzer.

Pittsburgh came out with a little more energy in the second half, but the Fighting Irish were able to maintain their large lead for the opening 10 minutes of the half. The Notre Dame players started to coast down the stretch, and it allowed the Panthers to get back into the game. Pittsburgh was within two points in the final minute, but they were unable to pull off the impressive comeback. Notre Dame ultimately won the game 67-64 after hitting a few clutch free throws in the final seconds.

Notre Dame will now play the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second round of the conference tournament on Wednesday, March 7.