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Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s Success Fueled By Sharing The Basketball

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Sharing is never a bad thing, especially in basketball, and Notre Dame has shown just how effective it can be when it shares the ball.

The Fighting Irish average 19 assists per game and have won their last 12 games, including a 66-60 win over Cincinnati in a battle of nationally ranked teams on Monday night.

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey loves what he has seen from his team, and for good reason. When a team is willing to work for the best shot possible, success tends to follow.

“That’s been our program,” Brey said in a post-game press conference. “There’s a culture of passing the ball here. We recruit basketball IQ guys, and I think there’s a lot of trust that we’re going to keep moving that thing. That’s why we have great balance.”

Jerian Grant led the way against the Bearcats, pouring in 19 points, and Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field as a team. The Fighting Irish drilled nine treys.

The shooting success isn’t a surprise. After all, the Fighting Irish, who are 14-1 on the year, are shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor on the season.

“We can move it until we get the right guy to take the shot,” Brey said in a post-game press conference. “And we enjoy moving it. Tonight, we had some amazing possessions where we got guys out of position.”

It’s why the Bearcats ended up on the losing end of the scoreboard. And it’s why Notre Dame continues to build momentum.

And as long as Notre Dame continues to move the ball the way it has so far this season, it’s going to be in a position to win the Big East and make quite a run in the NCAA tournament.

Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association as well.

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