The Notre Dame basketball team is looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years and do so with an experienced group.
The Notre Dame basketball team will kick off their 2021-22 season on Saturday, as they take on the CSU Northridge Matadors inside Purcell Pavilion. This is an Irish team that desperately needs to get back to the NCAA Tournament, as they have not made the postseason since the 2016-17 season, a year that saw them make it to the second round.
This season, the Irish have a veteran lineup that should be a real threat to make it to the Big Dance this March. Here, we dive into our season preview.
Notre Dame basketball: Men’s preview for the 2021-22 college season
Looking at the backcourt
The Irish have a lot of talent coming back this season, including point guard Prentiss Hubb, who could end up being a top player in the ACC in 2021-22. Hubb is the unquestioned leader of this team, can facilitate the offense, but has also shown that he can fill it up when he needs to step up and take over a game.
After losing only two players from last year’s team, this is an experienced group that is hungry to make it to the postseason as a collective unit. Hubb is the point guard and leader, but there is a ton of depth at the guard position, including Dane Goodwin, who has played in a ton of games for the university, 91 to be exact, the same number as Hubb.
Last season, we got to see both Cormac Ryan and Trey Wertz step into big-time roles, and they will be counted on to give this team a nice rotation in the backcourt. A new face will also see time, as Blake Wesley, a slasher from South Bend, also will figure into the mix as soon as he can gain the experience needed at this level.