2013-2014 Notre Dame Basketball
Mike Brey became known for his “burn” offense. Tonight, the Irish played in a completely different gear. The Irish and the Hawkeyes combined for 191 points.
Notre Dame, playing in its first true road, was shell shocked in the first half by 52 points. This was the highest point total surrendered by a Mike Brey team since the Sweet 16 in 2003 against Arizona.
However, Notre Dame came out firing in the second half to retake the lead. The teams swung back and forth in the second half but the deficit was too much to overcome.
There were a few positives for the Fighting Irish. One, the Irish gained excellent experience by playing in a hostile environment. This will play dividends down the road. Two, the Irish responded well in the second half. They outscored the Hawkeyes 50-46. This can be expected down the road from this team. Three, Garrick Sherman had a career night for Notre Dame. The Senior chipped in 29 points and 9 rebounds.
However, one problem remains: rebounding. The Irish were out-rebounded 26 to 36.
The Irish now move on to play in the regional rounds of the Gotham Classic. Their first opponent is Mike Brey’s former team, Delaware.