Duke overwhelms Notre Dame to advance to ACC semifinals

Notre Dame and Duke will do battle at the Barclays Center tomorrow evening.

Duke will play in Friday night's semifinal against the victor of Miami and North Carolina.

With two minutes and two seconds left, Bonzie Colson hit a 3-pointer that gave Notre Dame its first lead since the 10:40 mark in the first half.

The Blue Devils shot over 67 percent in the second half to cruise past Notre Dame and start the waiting game for Mike Brey and company. "He's a can't-miss star". The 12th-ranked and sixth-seeded Tar Heels eliminated No. 3 seed Miami, 82-65.

"We kept losing people during the year, but we never put our heads down or felt sorry for ourselves", she said. "We didn't guard. They scored 45 points in the last 15 minutes".

Duke, looking to repeat as ACC champions, will face No. 10-seeded Notre Dame (20-13) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. Duke is going to need a big class in 2019, as the revolving door of the one-and-done era continues to spin.

The 13 point halftime deficit was the third largest overcome in ACC tournament history.

"I'm done campaigning", Brey said.

Then the Fighting Irish seniors decided they weren't done working on their NCAA tournament resume. Those two guys have made a huge difference when they have played.

What's in it for both teams?

Grayson Allen went out in style in his last home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, helping to engineer a 20-point turnaround over UNC in the second half. The Wolfpack have five Quadrant 1 wins and an 8-9 record against the top two Quadrants, but more importantly they've beaten Duke, won at North Carolina, took down Clemson and beat Arizona on a neutral.

Justin Bibbs was the other leading scorer for the Hokies, dropping 15 points as well while going 6-for-14 from the field.

Duke extended it to 80-62 with 4:30 remaining, and there would be no big rally for the Fighting Irish this time. Notre Dame will learn its fate as an at-large candidate on Selection Sunday.

Bench scoring was controlled by Virginia Tech with 17 points off the bench compared to Notre Dame's 2 points. Senior guard Matt Farrell was 3 for 11, and Pflueger was 1 for 5. "Try to help them grow and try to help them get better and try to adjust to the college level and I think probably more than anything, mentally making that transition will continue to help us a lot". Mike has a team that together the whole year, for get it. If they beat Virginia, they will be in the NCAA tournament. 6 Wichita State to win the Maui Invitational.

For Duke, they are still hoping to secure a #1 seed. Duke was 9-of-14 from the field while Notre Dame had made 5-of-11 field goals.

"The seniors have been kind of spoiled", Brey said.

"We have emptied the tank, and we'll see what our fate is down the road", Brey said. At the under-12 timeout, the Blue Devils led 62-50 with 11:55 left. Before that they had dropped three of four.

"Against Michigan, we didn't do a very good job bouncing back after losing in doubles, at least at the start of singles", Smith said.

It started out as a typical Duke game from this year.

Farrell missed eight of his first nine shots (seven of eight from deep), as the Irish connected on only three of their first 18 threes. He began his college career by winning the national championship and would love to end it in the same way.

  • Salvatore Jensen