Notre Dame Basketball
Following a 58-65 loss to Wake Forest, the Irish hopes of landing in the NCAA Tournament faded slightly. Since beginning ACC play, the Irish have not won a road game. Additionally, they have dropped their games by an average of 5.8 points per game. But, in reality, the games have been even closer.
Before his suspension, Jerian Grant average 19.0 points per game. Obviously, the Irish are not losing 19.0 points per game. Other players including Eric Atkins and Pat Connaughton have filled the void left by Grant.
But, it is obvious that the Irish are missing Grant’s scoring presence. Would Notre Dame have won these games if they had Grant?
Prior to Grant’s suspension, Atkins averaged 10.25 shots per game. His shots have gone up 1.88. Connaughton’s shots have gone up significantly as well. Since Grant’s suspension, Connaughton has averaged double-digits shot attempts per game. Other players have stepped up as well.
Grant’s 19 points per game cannot simply be added to Notre Dame’s recent totals. Notre Dame averaged 79.5 points per game with Grant. Without Grant, the Irish have averaged 70.75 points per game. That is a difference of 8.75 points per game.
Add that total to any of the Notre Dame game since Grant’s suspension and the Irish would be undefeated in ACC play and 16-4 overall.