Bagley pours in 33 as Duke routs Notre Dame

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Virginia Tech arrived with the idea of solidifying its bona fides for the NCAA tournament.

Now, Notre Dame will face ACC No. 2 seed and nationally No. 5-ranked Duke, who the Irish fell to 88-66 on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium more than a month ago, in Thursday evening's quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Shelton Mitchell notched his second 20-point game of the season with a season-high 21 points ... And our bigs, on our own shots, they crash the glass. They went from 6:50 in the second half until 28.6 of the second half without scoring. Notre Dame has more favorable matchups, but the Dukies can take advantage of matchups as well. "We've got to start games like that".

From the Hokies' perspective, would that that was true.

"Since I've been here, he's one of the toughest players I've ever gone against", said Colson, who went for 18 points and nine rebounds in his final ACC game. But the ball hit the backboard and found its way into the basket.

Notre Dame's strength of record rank, which measures how hard a team's W-L record was to achieve, is No. 53.

"Clearly the Bonzie Colson situation is unique from my five years on the committee", Rasmussen said Wednesday on a media call.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (20-13) are coming from a 71-65 win over Virginia Tech to advance in this round.

Notre Dame starts 3 seniors and a junior. "There are things that - I think there are a lot of things that - some of these young guys need to continue to make the transition to college baseball and trust in their ability, I think probably more so on the mound rather than anywhere else".

"We definitely needed some time to figure out, get some chemistry with me being at the point and not being on the wing", Mabrey said. "When I have my guys back, we're a top 20 team". "I feel strongly we should be a part of it".

Duke and Notre Dame combined to score 42 points in the game's first 7:18, all before a single TV timeout.

Justin Robinson was one of the leading scorers for Tech, scoring 15 points in addition to snagging two rebounds and seven assists.

As if we weren't enough on edge, the overnight shift to Daylight Savings Time costs us an hour's sleep.

Say that again. In the first half, Notre Dame, especially Colson, looked out of gas. The senior then gave way to Bagley in the second half. This will be a loss that will live in infamy if the news isn't good on Sunday.

Coach K has been integrating the 2-3 zone in this year to try and cover up their defensive struggles. "I think it's going to be a testament to the perseverance and relentlessness". 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.

Or, they will be in the NIT.

"They're such an explosive offensive unit and tonight we had no answers", Brey said. "Hopefully, we'll take positive measures from this". The team went just 1-4 without him. Worse yet, TBS has said that rather than unveil the teams as the selection committee bracketed, they'll first announce all the teams, then how they're paired.

"I know all about the rivalry", Pinson said. These are times where you've got to show your leadership.

Colson is a great team defender, but his area of weakness is guarding on the perimeter. "They (Virginia Tech) certainly have good wins". They've earned a No. 1 seed in each of the last six years. "But it would not be appropriate for me at this point to comment on Virginia Tech's position". How much weight will it put on Notre Dame getting its best player back?

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