Muffet McGraw: Best Ever?

Any coach who wins a National Title at Notre Dame permanently etches their name in the tradition-laden halls of campus athletics. For Muffet McGraw that time came nearly two decades ago with a then program record 34 wins on the way to a championship. In recent years, McGraw was pushing through numerous boundaries, taking the [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|Basketball|32 Comments

WBB Instant Reaction: Notre Dame Wins National Championship!

Notre Dame defeated Mississippi State in the final game of the NCAA Tournament to bring home the program’s second national championship. I keep waiting for this to somehow be an elaborate April Fool’s joke, but now that I’ve ordered my championship hat and t-shirt, it’s sinking in that it was real. I’ll have a more [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|30 Comments

WBB Instant Reaction: Irish Outlast UConn in Final Four to Advance to Title Game

They missed out on a trip to the Final Four the last two years. They dealt with a seemingly endless parade of injuries this season. They got blown out by Louisville during the ACC season. They lost the ACC Tournament for the first time since joining the conference. Many experts predicted they wouldn’t make it [...]

By | March 31st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|8 Comments

WBB: Irish Advance to Final Four after Win over Oregon

For the sixth time in eight years, and under challenging circumstances, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team is headed to the Final Four. After defeating the talented 2-seed Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight, the Irish will face perennial foe UConn on Friday in Columbus. Elite Eight: ND vs. Oregon The Elite Eight matchup kicked [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

WBB: Irish Defeat Texas A&M, Advance to Elite Eight

Following a win over 4-seed Texas A&M, the Irish will be advancing to the Elite Eight for the seventh time in the last eight years. They won’t have an easy road to the Final Four, as they will face talented 2-seed Oregon on Monday. Sweet Sixteen: ND vs. Texas A&M Kathryn Westbeld returned to the [...]

By | March 25th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Will Face Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen

The top-seeded Irish have advanced to their ninth straight Sweet Sixteen after victories over 16-seed California State Northridge and 9-seed Villanova. They will travel to Spokane to face 4-seed Texas A&M, who are coming off a thrilling win in their second round matchup. We’ll look at how they got here and then look ahead to [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|3 Comments

Lacrosse: St. Patrick’s Day tilt versus Virginia

Notre Dame mens' lacrosse (3-1,  #4/#4/#4) will face Virginia  (6-1, #9/#7/#8) on St. Patrick's Day, 6:00 pm at Arlotta Stadium, ESPNU  Another day, another top-10 matchup. The Fighting Irish have won the last five games in this series. The last two have been epic overtime wins that qualify as two of the most exciting finishes [...]

By | March 16th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball, Lacrosse|2 Comments

Avalanche of Bad Breaks Lands Notre Dame in the NIT

It wasn't supposed to be like this. This was the Golden Era of Irish Basketball. The run of success that started in 2015 would continue. Last year, the Irish were a mis-timed rolled ankle from hanging another ACC banner and deep NCAA run. This year, they returned the rightful ACC player of the year and [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|15 Comments

Irish Knocked Out By Duke, Await Tournament Fate

After a thrilling comeback Wednesday night to keep their tournament hopes alive, Notre Dame ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday night. The Duke offensive juggernaut handled the Irish with relative ease and ended their too-brief ACC Tournament run. Marvin Bagley III completely stole the show, scoring 33 points on just 23 field goal attempts and [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|Basketball|9 Comments

Historic Irish Comeback Sets Up Play-In Game Against Duke

For about 30 minutes last night, the Irish continued their terrible play from Tuesday afternoon and looked about ready to bow out of the ACC Tournament and straight into the NIT. But out of nowhere, the Irish, led by their seniors, mounted a comeback for the ages to take down the Virginia Tech Hokies and [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Basketball|24 Comments

Irish Escape Pitt, Advance to Second Round Against Virginia Tech

Phew. Luckily for the Irish, their all-important ACC Tournament kicked off against one of the worst power conference teams in the history of college basketball (only a slight exaggeration). Notre Dame played, to be quite blunt, terribly in the second half and barely skated by the historically bad Pittsburgh Panthers, 67-64. The Irish shot less than 18%(!!!!) [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Basketball|16 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Irish Fall to Louisville in ACC Tournament Final

The story line leading into this year's ACC Tournament was Notre Dame's shot to get revenge on the Louisville team that embarrassed them on national television earlier this season, but the happy ending was not to be. After defeating Virginia in the quarterfinal and Florida State in the semifinal, the Irish couldn't quite pull off [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|0 Comments

Previewing the Irish in the ACC Tournament

Saturday marked the end of Notre Dame's fifth ACC regular season. In a hard-fought battle, Mike Brey's squad attempted to claw to 9-9 in the league. Sadly, the Irish fell short and top-ranked Virginia prevailed 62-57. In only his second game back from injury, Bonzie Colson put up another heroic performance. In the end, Notre [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|15 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Another Year, Another ACC Title

The Irish won games against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State this week to finish out the regular season. This brought them to a 15-1 conference record and a tie with Louisville for the regular season ACC title. Since joining the conference, the Irish have won five consecutive regular season titles, four consecutive ACC Tournaments, [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|3 Comments

Weekly WBB Recap: Olympics Edition

Let me begin by confessing that I am obsessed with the Olympics. Winter, summer, any of the sports – I love it all. However, I took breaks from my very busy schedule of Olympics-viewing for the two women's games this week, even venturing away from the TV long enough to attend the game at Boston [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments