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Basketball Season Kick-Off Round Table – Part 3

This is the final part of our 18Stripes basketball round table. Part one was focused on hot topics from the offseason and the stellar Irish recruiting class. In part two, we covered the Irish roster from top to bottom. The last portion will take a look at the schedule and overall outlook for the season. [...]

By | November 11th, 2017|Basketball|1 Comment

Irish Wrap Up Exhibition Season

Mike Brey's Irish basketball squad finished up their exhibition season with two easy wins over Bethel and Cardinal Stritch. On Friday night, despite help from new assistant coach LaPhonso Ellis, the Irish beat crosstown Bethel 88-59. They followed it up with a 90-46 blowout of Cardinal Stritch on Tuesday. These two wins were in addition [...]

By | November 9th, 2017|18S Reads, Basketball|5 Comments

Irish Hoops Preseason Update

With the eyes of most college hoops focused on headlines with words like "FBI Investigations" and "NCAA Commission," the Irish basketball squad kicked off preseason practice. After an open practice for season ticket holders last Wednesday night, Mike Brey's squad finished up their tenth practice of the preseason. Fans visiting for the USC game had [...]

By | October 24th, 2017|18S Reads, Basketball|6 Comments

Notre Dame Hoops: Back to School Update

With Irish eyes focused on the start of the football season, it's probably not the best time for a state of the program post about Mike Brey's hoops squad. Still, with classes back in session on campus and preseason previews starting to trickle out, it's as good a time as ever for a quick recap [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Basketball|9 Comments

Join the 18 Stripes Bracket Challenge

Since everyone needs one more bracket pool to join, we are happy to fill the void. Join the 18 Stripes bracket challenge group on ESPN to compete against the Irish sports writers, and your fellow readers. Even if you haven't watched non-ND basketball game all season and choose based on the cooler mascot, you're encouraged [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

18 Stripes Films: Breaking Down the 5 Out Offense

From the second half of the UNC game onward, the Irish have found their stride on offense. In the last few games, Mike Brey has favored a lineup featuring Bonzie Colson has the lone big man. Since the change in the starting lineup, ND's offense has been humming. The Irish offense scored over 80 points against [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|Basketball, Film Room|7 Comments

30 Seconds of Defense with Rex Pflueger

Mike Brey's Notre Dame program has always hung its hat on highly efficient offenses. This year appears to be no different. The Irish are currently the 8th most efficient offense in the nation per KenPom. Where the Irish have struggled is on the defensive end. Due to combination of the lack of athleticism, a lack [...]

By | December 4th, 2016|Basketball, Film Room|5 Comments

Irish Storm Past Iowa 92-78 Behind Bonzie’s 24 and 17

Facing Iowa for what feels like the tenth straight season, the Irish used a strong second half to knock off the Hawkeyes 92-78. Although it got ugly at times, it's tough to complain too much about a double-digit win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. As will be the case quite a few times this season, [...]

By | November 30th, 2016|Basketball|23 Comments

Irish Improve to 3-0 with Two Blowout Wins

Facing two teams rated outside the top-250 of the KenPom rankings, the Notre Dame Men's Basketball team took care of business to improve to 3-0. On Wednesday night, ND blew out Seattle 92-49. Friday, the Irish beat Loyola-MD 83-48. With all caveats about the level of competition, the Irish looked as good as they could [...]

By | November 19th, 2016|Basketball|4 Comments

Irish Athletes Win Medals at Rio Olympics

For the last two weeks, Irish athletes took on the world's best at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Former and current Notre Dame fencers, rowers, runners, soccer players, and basketball players competed at the games as part of Team USA and for other nations. The performance by the Irish in Rio really showed off the strength [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments

Irish Olympians Compete in Rio Games

Irish class of 2006 runner Molly Huddle broke the American record while finishing sixth in the 10,000 meters at the Rio Olympic Games. Competing in her second Olympics, Huddle ran a time of 30:17.17 which knocked five seconds off the previous record of 30:22.48 held by Shalane Flanagan.  This Olympic race was exceptionally fast as Huddle's [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|18S Reads|2 Comments