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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: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 9:04 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Notre Dame is always over-rated and we have the media to thank for it. Good point Hawkman about Parrish. I noticed too he had the Irish ranked in his top 25 long after it was obvious they sucked to anyone who actually paid attention to them. While the media will continue to be shock everytime the Irish "disappoint" them, for the rest of us we fully expect them to be over-rated and there's no surprise when they get humiliated in a bowl game, big hoops game, or whatever each year.




Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2009 8:44 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

sorry coto...ucla is not a juggernaut. didn't they lose to a horrible texass team and a VERY mediocre washington. beating ND, cal, stanford and usc doesn't say much. it simply means ucla can beat non-tournament teams. big whoop.




Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 8:22 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

I agree that Notre Dame looked bad....but did anyone notice how Cal, Stanford, and USC have all  "not shown up" against UCLA the last 3 games before this?  UCLA is a juggernaut.  They can play with anyone with that defense, and an improved offense.  The stumbles against ASU and Washington were blessings in disguise that caused them to tweek and supercharge their offense.  




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 8:11 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Indiana wasn't supposed to be good this year -where have you been? You should feel bad for yourself rather than IU- IU will be good next year and great the year after, as for you who can't even write a decent sentence, you will always be a loser. 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.

 

Notre Dame on the other hand, is always hyped- and only those who believe their own BS fall for it. The college is in an ugly area, their academics don't even qualify as one of the top two universities in the state (IU and PUrdue) but "monkey see monkey do".



chris8401
Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2009 7:50 pm
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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 7:18 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

sounds like an awful elite 8 to me. who cares abou the nit.  you listed a  bunch of teams that were supposed to be good but clearly are not.  indiana is disgraceful, to even think they would make the NIT regardless of their fanbase is a joke.  and maryland i feel bad for them.  they think their rival is duke when really duke could care less about maryland and beat them by 40 regardless.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 7:14 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

How's this for an Elite Eight: Notre Dame, Georgetown, Tennessee, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, and Kentucky (and I'm a UK fan!). Did I just hear vomiting break out across the country?  No one wants to see these teams in the final 8 of ANYTHING. 

Funny though, I don't think anyone overrated Notre Dame more than Parrish himself.  He kept that team in his top 26 after everyone else saw they could defend, weren't shooting as expected, and couldn't beat a good team.




Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 7:11 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

wow that is suprising ND football team is better than their basketball team




Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 7:04 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Well, the NIT may outdraw the NCAA tourney this year.  How's this for an Elite Eight: Notre Dame, Georgetown, Tennessee, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, and Kentucky (and I'm a UK fan!).  Indiana just for their fan base, of course.  Maybe they could switch the site to Indianapolis -- guaranteed sell-outs for all the games, with those participants.  Anybody know how well the NIT drew last year? 




Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 6:51 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

I really couldn't of said it any better myself. Usually the Irish don't accept this type of play. Wow, something is rotton in Irishville!



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