Notre Dame Needs To Improve Big East Record If They Want To Show They're a Contender In March

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in an interesting spot. They worked their way into the top 25, but are they as good a team as they seem? They’re 14-3 which is certainly a solid start to the year, but do they have the weapons to contend in a very tough big east? I personally don’t think they do, but we’ll know more after a few weeks.

Notre Dame has games against Rutgers, Louisville (2), Syracuse, and Marquette to complete their conference schedule and if they go .500 against those guys- we have our answer, don’t we? I’m not going to count the Irish out until I see how they play against Syracuse and Louisville. They have some quality wins, but they also have a few terrible losses so it’s clear they’re capable, but are they consistent enough?

Look- the Big East is a battle royale. Notre Dame has work to do if they want to be the last man standing and if they want a high seed, they’re going to have to win 4 of those games above.

If Notre Dame gets good guard play from Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins, the Irish can do some damage. If they continue to feed Jack Cooley, they can do some damage. If they limit turnovers, hit open jumpers, they can beat anyone in the country. The problem Notre Dame is running into is when they go cold from the outside, they’re not a very good team. Living and dying by the jump shot is as risky as it gets, but that’s who they are and that’s who they’re going to be.

I just am not sure they have the consistency to get it done, but we’re going to find out in a few weeks. 

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