WVU Set To Face Notre Dame

NCAA Tournament West Region Huggins

This doesn't mean Bonzie Colson and the Irish frontcourt will be outmatched in this one, but coming into it, West Virginia has the statistical upper hand. We understand it's not going to be easy, we're going to have to fight through adversity, but I think we have a coaching staff and the experience that can help us get there. As Mitch Henderson notes "We were a little impatient throughout the first half".

Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016.

The All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is seventh in the nation and steals, averaging 2.6 steals per game. They went 4-8 against AP Top 25 teams this season, but none of those wins came on the road or a neutral site. "So, finding the rhythm in this game is going to be a feeling-out process for us in the first half". The Irish ended the season with wins over Virginia and Florida State and a loss to Duke before topping Princeton on Thursday in the first round of the tournament. Last year, the Irish trailed by 12 at halftime before beating MI; trailed with two seconds left before Rex Pflueger's tip-in downed Stephen F. Austin; and trailed by three with less than 30 seconds remaining before they topped Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

"Ralph Stout was officiating and I gave Ralph the devil many times after that and he said, 'Well, I probably should have called it but it was the other man's call.' All they did was call a foul", Moran said. "We just stole wins to get to the Elite Eight".

Princeton would build some momentum heading into the break based once again on their three point attack.

"I was just telling them, our game's about numbers, you know?" But to begin the second half, Notre Dame's Farrell and Colson took the game back over.

Senior forward Pete Miller, who had four points and three rebounds on Thursday, spoke of putting the finishing touches on a senior thesis in economics that delves into the student-loan default rates at for-profit universities.

In the second half, a great deal of this changed. Weisz's reverse layup at the 11:30 mark trimmed the lead to six, and it was evident that the frustration was mounting for the Irish.

Notre Dame has three other players averaging double figures: VJ Beachem (14.7 ppg.), Matt Farrell (14.2 ppg.) and Steve Vasturia (13.2 ppg.).

"We have a press offense that you work on back in October", he said. Now we'll see if UVA can score enough to take down Florida.

FSU missed 15 free throws, and some of those misses helped FGCU hang around in a game that was controlled by the 'Noles. Then the madness ensued. Colson scored on consecutive possessions to keep the Irish ahead, but Princeton got within 59-58 with 12.8 seconds left when Pete Miller tipped in Cook's missed 3-pointer. While this shot missed, Pete Miller cut through the defense and tipped it in, bringing the game to within one. The Irish have allowed a solid 58 points per game to opponents this season. The Notre Dame head coach was even more aware of the holiday as it pertains to the team's fans. We got to be tough and strong with the ball like I said we're going to turn the ball over, we're not ideal they're good at what they do. Many people thought the same thing.

The best way to understand just how divergent the philosophies and approaches are, we offer up this statistic.

WVU only held a 3-point edge in points off turnovers and forced only two more than Bucknell, earning a "B-minus" grade from senior guard Tarik Phillip. Ryan doesn't see much time, but Brey's thrown him out there for double-digit minutes in their last two contests, and he's someone who the defense absolutely can not help off of. Staying composed is going to be a big part of our game.

"We're not the fastest", Brey said.