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The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:05 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2009 5:35 pm
 

Notre Dame endured yet another loss -- a blowout at UCLA -- early Saturday.

Then its day actually got worse.

Why?

Because Texas subsequently lost at Nebraska, meaning  the Irish's best win in a season that features few hardly qualifies as a good win anymore. Meantime, the only other NCAA tournament-caliber school Notre Dame has topped (Georgetown) also lost Saturday (to Cincinnati). And when you combine all these developments and sort through the mess the only reasonable conclusion to reach is that Luke Harangody isn't going to play in the NCAA tournament.

From preseason Top 10 to midseason WTF.

The Irish have now lost seven consecutive games to fall to 12-10, and that they didn't even show up at UCLA might be the biggest concern of all. Faced with a must-win scenario (or at least something close to it), Notre Dame fell behind big early, let UCLA shoot 55.7 percent from the field and eventually lost 89-63. If it sounds bad, that's because it was bad. And with Louisville next on the schedule there's no reason to think the Irish won't be 12-11 heading into next weekend's game against South Florida.

Bottom line, this is almost certainly done.

Even if the Irish win every remaining home game (including the one against Louisville) and split at West Virginia and Providence before losing at Connecticut, they're going to have 13 losses on Selection Sunday unless they somehow win the Big East tournament. Put another way, even the best-case scenario (within reason) has them with 13 losses, and because they won't have the quality wins to offset such a number, this Notre Dame team is set to go down as the biggest disappointment of the season, which is awful because there sure were high hopes back in August.

I remember talking to Mike Brey by phone on a Sunday afternoon last Fall.

It was the weekend before he took his team to Ireland for a preseason tour of exhibitions, and at the time he almost laughed about how ridiculous his schedule would be, though he seemed confident he had a team of veterans capable of handling it. I agreed. But as it turns out, we were both wrong, way more wrong than either of us could've imagined, because now the Irish are sitting here with a 12-10 record, and nobody is laughing anymore.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Notre Dame, UCLA
 
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 9:30 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Gary, you media types kill me.............you can dissappoint your mon or dad, or your son or daughter can dissappoint you, But how does a college basketball team dissappoint a nation.

George Bush dissappointed a Nation.........Notre Dame Basketball?

Gee whiz Wally I don't think we're in Kansas anymore? I mean Toto?

Maybe they were overrated, not as good as the media types thought they might be........So you get to pump them up.........and then you get to slap 'em down, that's dissappointing, that the media got it wrong and won't fess up to it. Sophmoric to say the least.




Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2009 3:23 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Because Texas subsequently lost at Nebraska, meaning the Irish's best win in a season that features few hardly qualifies as a good win anymore. I'm glad you mentioned this Gary.

Let me make a few small adaptations for you.

Because Tennessee subsequently lost at Auburn, meaning the Zag's best win(s) in a season that features few hardly qualify as good wins anymore.

Go ahead and disagree, but at least Texas and Notre Dame play in real conferences and have an outside (very slim) chance of turning their seasons around to quality opponents.  Something Gonzaga won't have the chance to do.  But go ahead and keep pushing the Bulldogs up the polls and saying that they are a "final four" quality team as they beat the likes of Pepperdine, San Francisco and Loyola-Marymount.




Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 11:31 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

This is college ball, if you can't remember.  UCLA starts freshmen...they have developed through the year.  UCLA beat ND by 18 more points than UConn, 13 more points than Pitt, 13 more than Marquette and Louisville had to go OT to win.  You need some basic reasoning skills to see that teams develop through the year and look at the BIG picture instead of focusing on what you want to justify your point of view.




Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 11:18 am
 

Parrish's bias proved out before our eyes on tv

I wonder if everyone can think back...oh what...one, two weeks ago when EVERYONE was screaming the Irish aren't that good and yet Parrish kept them in the rankings week after week after week, even with 7 losses! That is the same week, by the way, that he dropped UCLA from his rankings and made fun of the AP and coaches for keeping them ranked.  How is it that everyone else can see the obvious, but GP refuses?  The only possible answer is bias and this game proves it.




Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2009 11:14 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

You are not gonna get that from Parrish.  Remember, he's the guy that kept ND in his rankings week after week when everyone else seemed to realize they weren't good this year.  He even kept them in his rankings with 7 losses and dropped UCLA out of the rankings the same week.  Way to go Parrish....nice to see we have a game like this to show how biased and ridiculous you are.




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2009 11:06 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

"IU cleaned out all their players - they don't like thugs, and so with walkons etc they were lucky to even win the Iowa game - but they do hustle."

You apparently haven't seen the elbow throwing thug, Devan Dumass.

 




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:32 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

sorry    that was in response to  elite eight NIT post




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2009 10:30 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

too bad u need to be .500 for NIT     &n
bsp;   Indiana  out




Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2009 8:17 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

what's more is that the Irish will not be the last to fall out of the tournament.  Just enough teams, and just enough conference play remains to continue the shakeout and a few others will fall out.  

Texas is stumbling...

Clemson is already up and down (read this as: swerving across the highway's double line)

Can Arizona State shakeoff their buzz?

anyone care to add their candidate? 




Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2009 6:57 am
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest overrated team

How long did it take for the voters to realize, get rid of ND? Rudy didn't play bball. Why does every preseason poll rank ND, even thogh they have a sub par season before hand. I should change my user name to East coast bias sucks, but they might kill me.



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