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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: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2009 6:39 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

sorry dude. you should've stuck with ridiculing the irish. they are done. maybe they can make it to the NIT final against georgetown.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 6:30 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Brey & Weiss can go out together. Fat Cats can't cut it.




Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:58 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

How long till Brey gets fired?  This is a question the ND administration should seriously be considering.




Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:56 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

If it does play out with the Irish losing 13 games, who would put them in the tourney? This year the Big East is supposed to get the most teams in history into the tourney. Does this mean that the Irish will be one of them? I believe they were predicted to be one of them. Nice article on how bad the Irish are, but what about the fact that UCLA blew them off the court early and continued to keep them down throughout?




Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:41 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

I have serious doubts about that. I think it's time to fork them! They're done!




Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:35 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Hard to believe that a team that features Luke Harangody and Kyle McAlarney may be destined for the NIT (or worse).  But with the craziness that we have already seen in this basketball season, I will not yet count out the Irish.  Yes, they have a 7-game losing streak that is probably not done yet.  Yes, I have made previous posts ridiculing the Irish for their catastrophic meltdown.  But these are strange times and you just never know what might happen.  Perhaps Harangody will orchestrate some heorics and make a run in the Big East tournament.  Guess we'll have to wait and see....




Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2009 5:30 pm
 

The Irish are the nation's biggest disappointment

Who would have thought that ND's football team would do better than their basketball team?



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