Take Bonzie Colson out of the game.
Matt Farrell looked over at former Notre Dame star LaPhonso Ellis, broadcasting courtside for ESPN, and yelled: "I told you Phonso, we ain't done!" On the flip side, the Fighting Irish missed just three shots from the field in the final 14:34. Notre Dame erased a 21-point second-half deficit Wednesday night to beat Virginia Tech 71-65 and keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.
"How about that, huh?"
Coach McGraw, Ogunbowale and the rest of the Irish now await their seeding in the NCAA Tournament. When Kerry Blackshear Jr. hit a layup with 15:07 remaining, the Hokies led 47-26 and seemed all but assured a Thursday-night date with second-seeded Duke.
"I've never been a big guy to campaign, but I really think we deserve to be in (the NCAA Tournament)". I think all the veterans have played really, really well and so, I mean, we kind of knew that we would have to be patient with this group, with as numerous young kids who are playing and pitching in particular, so we'll continue to be patient. "This was the most rewarding championship I think we've had".
Notre Dame slowly started to come back as they started making their three-pointers, and when Chris Clarke committed a technical foul with 8:00 left, the momentum really started to swing.
In terms of setting up the most drama moving forward, Wednesday went nearly perfectly for the ACC.
"We disintegrated", Hokies coach Buzz Williams said.
The Fighting Irish, who trailed by as many as 21 points, rallied to beat Virginia Tech after being down by 18 with 12:23 left. "We just completely fell apart the last 15 minutes defensively". Notre Dame was almost automatic with their free throws, only missing one free throw in the last three minutes.
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Two minutes to go and Colson connected from the wing for the Irish to finally take the lead back 60-59.
"That felt good. Backboard is there for a reason", said Colson, who shot 1 of 10 in the first half and looked winded much of the night. These are times where you've got to show your leadership.
No. 1 CT has a top seed locked up, and the Cardinals would appear to have the head-to-head advantage over Notre Dame. And when it was over, Farrell and Colson embraced in a big bear hug, senior to senior. Just everything we've gone through. "And tonight you saw it, the toughness of hanging on in there", Brey said. "He's been a brother to me for my four years here". The broken left foot that cost him 15 games this season is no longer an issue. Rex Pflueger had 14 points and nine rebounds, and T.J. Gibbs added 13 points and seven assists for Notre Dame.
"They do the talking in the huddles now", Brey said.
"I have no idea", junior point guard Justin Robinson said.
The Irish were down six points with about 12 minutes to play before Duke pulled away for the 22-point win in Durham. The team shot just 8-for-32 from the floor - 3-for-16 from beyond the arc - and made just two free throws after a 22-of-25 mark in Tuesday's second half against Pittsburgh.
Regardless of Miami's struggles so far this season, Aoki and his squad know that the team they will be facing this weekend is not one to be overlooked.
ACC mascots have descended upon New York City as the ACC Tournament is hosted in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center and the mascot game on Thursday may have turned in one of the most delightful bits of basketball we see all week.