Today is the most important day of Notre Dame’s season so far. They will face 11th ranked Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Notre Dame can secure their quarterfinal berth to the conference tournament with a win against Georgetown and providence this week. Both have to be wins or else Notre Dame will need serious help from other teams.
Both Notre Dame and Georgetwon are coming off losses this past week. Notre Dame feel to Saint John’s while Georgetown lost to Seton Hall. If Georgetown wins tonight against the Irish, they could be well on their well to a double-bye as well.
Last Saturday against Saint John’s, the Irish went 4-31 from 3-point land. So I’m looking for a big step in their perimeter shooting tonight. If Notre Dame can get around 40% from downtown, I expect them to win. This won’t be an easy game, but shooters Jerian Grant and Scott Martin will have to step up.
Players to watch:
For Georgetown, Hollis Thompson will be the guy to watch. He should play over 30 minutes today and score around 14 points. He has the second highest rebound average on the team and can shoot free-throws very well, just over 71% from the line this year. Expect him to match up with Cooley down low.
For Notre Dame, look for Jerian Grant. Like I said earlier, his perimeter shooting will be vital for ND. If he can get 15-20 points and shoot very well from behind the 3-point line, I fully expect him to be the player of the game.
Notre Dame 65, Georgetown 61
Head coach Mike Brey knows what he’s doing, I am very confident that the Irish will bounce back and get this road win we desperately need for the Big East Tournament.
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