Jerian Grant no longer being on the team is a major blow to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was averaging 19 points per game and 6.2 assists per game. Well, conference play is just about to begin and Notre Dame will answer many questions in the upcoming matchup with the Duke Blue Devils.
If Grant was on the team, it would have a much better chance to pull off the upset, but that is clearly not the case.
Say what you want about Duke, but it is very, very talented. It has two top 25 players in college hoops–in my book–on its team in Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. Parker is one of the favorites to win the Naismith. That tends to happen when a player puts up 22.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game.
The Fighting Irish are doomed. There is no way that they can make up the production of the loss of Grant. He was the best player on the team.
However, we are going to find out very quickly how good they are when they take on the Blue Devils. Even with Grant on the team, Notre Dame was barely a tournament team. It currently has four losses on the season and two of them were against mid-majors. The other two were against ranked opponents.
At 8-4, things are not looking very bright for Notre Dame. Are the Fighting Irish ACC contenders? Are they a tournament team? Well, we will have a better idea about those two things once they take on Duke on Jan. 4.