Notre Dame will be looking for revenge tonight in their second meeting of the season, but the first meeting didn’t go very well for the Irish. Marquette went into halftime up 41-27 and even though Notre Dame outscored the Golden Eagles in the second half they still lost by 8 points. The final was 72-64 and Notre Dame shot an abysmal 38.3% from the field that night. Marquette got many easy baskets under the hoop, since Jack Cooley played very little due to an illness. He is healthy and ready to go this time around and should get his touches and rebounds.
Notre Dame did beat Rutgers last night to advance farther in the Big East Tournament, and they got scoring from Pat Connaughton who has struggled as of late. He went 7-10 from the field and was 6-8 behind the three point line and ended the game with 21 points. They didn’t get the ball to Jack Cooley a whole lot, but he struggled shooting (1-6 from the field), but he still grabbed 9 rebounds on the night. The Scarlet Knights gave Notre Dame a run for their money in the second half and came within 5, but couldn’t finish off the Irish.
If Notre Dame can find a way to win tonight then it will boost their seed in the NCAA tournament. Recently they have been predicted to be a 6 or 7 seed, but they are capable of a much higher seed if they play to their potential. A win against Marquette will boost them to a 6 seed for sure possibly a 5. The winner of the game tonight will play the winner of Villanova and Louisville, which will be on Friday at 9 p.m. once again.