The Notre Dame basketball team was able to put together its most complete game of the season Saturday, finding a way to dismantle DePaul.
First the Irish would strike. Then DePaul couldn’t miss. But Notre Dame stayed consistent in the first half taking advantage of the opportunities DePaul would give them.
It was an odd sight to see, but an early struggle for the Irish came in the turnover department. Head coach Mike Brey has had many teams pride themselves on how efficient they are with the ball. They rarely make mistakes that result in turnovers.
With such a young team this season, you would think there would be some give in that department, but so far that has failed to be true. Overall, the Irish have taken care of the ball well.
The first half of this game provided a different story. Eight turnovers in the first half isn’t something that would shake a lot of teams, but it was uncharacteristic of Notre Dame and noteworthy, to say the least.
As the second half came, Notre Dame worked out all of the kinks.
Not only were the Irish better with the basketball, but the Irish also worked out every single kink that we have seen so far in this short season. They cut their turnovers in half only committing four. They shot 62.1-percent in the second half. Rex Pflueger finally found his game.
It wasn’t just the senior stepping up and finding his rhythm for a career-best 20-point game, it was the youth.
Nate Laszewski quietly racked up 15-points thanks to 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. With more and more minutes, Prentiss Hubb continues to not only look confident and loose but possibly a future star for Notre Dame.
With his 15-points, five assists and looking like a true floor general, Hubb logged a team-high 32 minutes.
Notre Dame blew the hinges off the door in the second half making a statement. No longer can we look at this team and expect them to struggle with non-power basketball schools.
We have seen what this team is capable of with a 25-point win over DePaul and expectations have been realigned.