Duke vs. Notre Dame - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Emmett Rice
March 9, 2018

That's what happens when you're not in game shape, and after returning just last week from a foot injury that sidelined him for half the regular season, Colson is not in game shape. Down 17 to Virginia Tech with 11 minutes to play in last night's 71-65 come from behind victory at the ACC Tournament, all those Irish spirts and love and passion kicked in. But in the month of March, inexplicable things tend to pile up in droves.

Virginia Tech, which held a 21-point lead with 15:07 to go, crumbled under the bright lights in the Barclays Center.

"I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I really think we deserve to be in (the NCAA Tournament)".

"I think you just want to continue to grow as a team", Aoki said. I think all the veterans have played really, really well and so, I mean, we kind of knew that we would have to be patient with this group, with as numerous young kids who are playing and pitching in particular, so we'll continue to be patient.

The Hokies picked up right where they left off to open the second stanza, pushing its lead to as many as 21 points with 15 minutes left in regulation.

Three pointers by Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Justin Robinson at the:28 and:18 second marks kept things interesting, but the Irish converted at the line to secure the comeback win.

Ferrell led Notre Dame in scoring with 22 points.

Capped by Colson's go-ahead 3-pointer off the glass with less than two minutes left, the victory put Notre Dame squarely on the bubble, and it would nearly certainly get into the NCAA tournament with a signature win against Duke. "All the stuff they've been through, they're just tough dudes". I didn't say much at halftime.

Duke forward Marvin Bagley III shoots against Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament Thursday

Junior guard Rex Pflueger put together another strong performance going for 14 points and nine rebounds while sophomore guard TJ Gibbs added 13 points.

Farrell's 3-pointer with 13:55 left first ignited the closing run that, initially, Virginia Tech met shot-for-shot.

Q. For the players, you're up 17 with 11 minutes to go, and of course it changed there.

The 10th-seeded Irish (20-13) did it by outscoring the Hokies 34-11 down the stretch in a bounce-back effort that couldn't have been any more impressive given the circumstances and what was at stake. Farrell then quickly swiped the ball from Clarke's hands, and Clarke tried to grab it back. Clarke was called for a technical foul. "It was just a great win for us, and it was kind of emotional", Farrell said.

ND, in desperate need of a win to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive, knocked off the higher-seeded Hokies, 71-65, behind a great second half by Bonzie Colson.

This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Notre Dame forced the Hokies to take a bad shot and from there it was ball game.

"I think we really dug in defensively, and that helped us on the offensive end", Farrell said. "When we defend, we think we can be a very good team".

Now, the Fighting Irish will have a chance to cement themselves on the right side of the bubble as they will face Duke in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Thursday night at 7pm. In 39 minutes, he collected 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 threes with 3 turnovers. This time around, he said, it's a whole different ballgame. CBS Sports Jerry Palm had the Hokies as the 8-seed in the Midwest region, playing their first game in Nashville. "It's going to be another opportunity for us, and we're excited about it".

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