The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball team is almost certainly not going to post a winning record this season. But the fight that Micah Shrewsberry's first team has shown against very good competition is raising eyebrows.
In particular, Shrewsberry's squad is getting quite a bit of praise on social media because of its almost upset against the Duke Bluedevils on Saturday night. Notre Dame ended up losing the game 67-59. Considering they were in it until the very end against the 14th ranked ACC power, there are plenty of people who think the future is bright under the former Penn State head coach.
Jordan Cornette of NBC Sports was among the first to point out that the wins might not be coming just yet, but Shrewsberry's squad is going hard every game. At least since they laid a massive egg against The Citadel and their head coach called everyone out.
NCAA basketball analyst Jon Rothstein is definitely one who believes that Shrewsberry has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish going in the right direction.
With two close losses to two of the ACC's best teams and an upset win over Virginia, it appears there are plenty of people who think the Notre Dame basketball team is making progress, even with a losing record.
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- While things are looking up for the Men's basketball team, despite the losses, the women's basketball program seems to be headed in the wrong direction at the moment. On Sunday, the Irish lost to North Carolina and are now just 1-2 in the ACC. Their only win was a 5-point victory against Pitt in which they blew a 20 point lead. They're going to need to right the ship quickly.
- Notre Dame Hockey is also struggling a bit in the new year. A failed comeback on Saturday night means that the Irish were swept by the Wisconsin Badgers and are now just .500 on the season. After they couldn't come back from down 5-4, they ended up allowing two more goals on Saturday and lost 7-4.
- Former Notre Dame/Arkansas State player Blake Grupe finished off a great rookie season as he became just the 8th first year kicker to have 30 field goals made.