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Quick look at Notre Dame: Irish coming off tight loss at Duke, with UVA next

notre dameNotre Dame has lost four straight, eight of its last nine, is 2-13 in the ACC, the wins over Louisville and Georgia Tech.

You’re not going to want to hear me say this, because I said it about Louisville, and look how that one turned out, but …

Notre Dame might be playing its best basketball of the season right now.

There. I said it.

Actually, there is that inexplicable 70-52 win over Michigan State back in December, but other than that, the Irish (10-16, 2-13 ACC) might be the best team currently on a long losing streak in the country.

Just since Jan. 24, there’s a three-point loss at #22 NC State, a two-point loss at Georgia Tech, a six-point home loss to Virginia Tech, and a four-point loss at Duke.

The Irish could have won any or all of those games.

What I’m saying here is, don’t sleep on these guys.

Because they can shoot the three, they’ve got a puncher’s chance.


  • 6’10” senior center Nate Laszewski: 14.5 ppg, 7.1 rebs/g, 53.6% FG, 42.9% 3FG
  • 6’6” senior forward Dane Goodwin: 12.1 ppg, 5.2 rebs/g, 45.0% FG, 39.2% 3FG
  • 6’4” freshman guard JJ Starling: 11.7 ppg, 42.3% FG, 30.2% 3FG
  • 6’5” senior forward Cormac Ryan: 11.6 ppg, 4.1 rebs/g, 41.7% FG, 38.0% 3FG
  • 6’4” senior guard Marcus Hammond: 8.8 ppg, 42.8% FG, 39.0% 3FG
  • 6’5” senior guard Trey Wertz: 8.2 ppg, 3.0 assists/g, 38.9% FG, 32.5% 3FG
  • 6’8” freshman forward Ven-Allen Lubin: 6.5 ppg, 4.5 rebs/g, 58.5% FG


  • ESPN BPI: Virginia +17, 95.5% win probability
  • EvanMiya: Virginia 74-59, 93.7% win probability
  • KenPom: Virginia 74-59, 92% win probability
  • BartTorvik: Virginia 72-58, 92% win probability

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

In addition to being the editor of Augusta Free Press, I've written seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For my commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach me? Try [email protected].