Winning a basketball game can prove to be very hard. Winning multiple games can prove to be even harder. Winning multiple games that include multiple over times may be the hardest, even when one of the games is against the abomination that is the DePaul Blue Demons.
This is what the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have done.
Over two games, the Irish have played 110 minutes of basketball, scored 186 points, given up 179, and came away with two victories. That’s a lot of work for any team at any level of sports. However, the Irish have found a way to make it work in the short-term. Luckily for them they are in the middle of a three day break before they go back to the Big East grind. The rest, which is well deserved, couldn’t have come at a better time.
Between bench players getting time they never expected, Garrick Sherman becoming Dick Vitale’s favorite player, and a Notre Dame fanbase losing much sleep, the Irish are only a half game out from the top spot in the conference. Assuming they keep winning, and cutting down on the need for overtime, the Irish are finding themselves on the right side of momentum.
With the conference schedule winding down before the Big East Tournament begins, momentum could could be the key factor in just how successful Notre Dame’s postseason run will be. The talent is there, Jack Cooley is a man-beast in which only the Discovery Channel has seen, and this version of Irish basketball is as fun to watch as they are good on the court.
Needing overtime isn’t a detriment against the team. Sometimes it just takes a little big longer to put away your foes. However, on behalf of college basketball people across the nation, can we slow it down a little bit? I know the DePaul game ended well before midnight, but I mean come on.
You keep us up all night for one game and then make us watch DePaul basketball for an extra five minutes. Shame on you.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports who primarily covers the Catholic Seven. For the love of Sam Cassell, follow Joe on the Twitter Machine @JosephNardone