Virginia Tech will host a Selection Sunday viewing party on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum, with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Notre Dame won its first two games in the tournament, erasing a 21-point deficit in the second half Wednesday night against Virginia Tech for the biggest comeback in school history. The Fighting Bobby Hurleys have just three Quadrant 1 wins and an 8-9 record against the top two Quadrants with two Quadrant 3 losses, but they have happen to have the best pair of wins of any team in the country, beating Kansas in Phog Allen Fieldhouse and knocking off Xavier on a neutral court.
Notre Dame had their best run in the 2nd Half with:35 on the clock.
"I think we certainly are in the conversation", coach Muffet McGraw said after the 74-72 loss to Louisville.
Injuries to Colson and senior guard Matt Farrell derailed Notre Dame in the middle of the season, and now the Irish have to hope the selection committee focuses on how good they can be when healthy. Guard Mychal Johnson injured a knee before the season and freshman center Mikayla Vaughn played just six games before she was hurt.
The Blue Devils beat the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels in their last contest, 74-64.
"I thought Grayson's leadership has continued to get better and better and tonight was a great example of him being at his best", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Duke ranks eighth in assists per game (17.5) while Notre Dame ranks 186th in assists allowed per game (14.0). The Blue Devils won it previous year for a record 20th time. The Hokies' lead still held at 54-37 with under 11 minutes to go. Duke vs Notre Dame live stream is on WatchESPN. Defensively, Notre Dame basketball yields 68.1 points per game against the opposing teams.
Duke shot 55 percent from the field.
Brey said his squad would emphatically accept whichever postseason tournament they're invited to, adding his team would welcome the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden, the site of the NIT semifinals and championship game and a venue his players have yet to experience. It didn't hurt that No. 19 Clemson (23-8, 11-7) couldn't buy a basket on the other end of the floor.
Allen couldn't miss to start the game, drilling five 3-pointers as Duke exploded out of the gates with 32 points in the first 10 minutes.
With momentum finally in hand, Bonzie Colson pounded his chest and screamed in triumph. ESPN's bracketology expert, Joe Lunardi, had the Irish as the fifth team out of the tournament coming into Wednesday's game.
"Our bigs do a heck of a job of (keeping the ball alive)", Hall said. He had cooled off in his final three games of the regular season, though, going just 6 for 28 from three-point range (21 percent) in that span. And our bigs, on our own shots, they crash the glass. "He's a really talented player and it showed in the second half".
But Colson (12 points and seven rebounds) and his teammates unearthed some reserve fuel in the closing minutes. Virginia Tech had been 3-0 in ACC Tournament openers under Williams. Elijah Thomas was forceful inside, finishing with eight points, 12 rebounds and three assists.