Checking in on the Irish Hoops Newcomers

Through eight games, the Notre Dame hoops team has bounced frustratingly between spells of offensive incompetence and spurts of exciting, high-level basketball. Such is the struggle with a team dependent on young talent, a challenge that Mike Brey has not recently faced in his tenure at ND. To make sense of these disparate performances that [...]

By |2018-12-06T18:29:44-04:00December 6th, 2018|Basketball|6 Comments

WBB: Checking in with the Champs

So, the football team is 12-0, which is awesome. But don’t forget that a new season has begun for the reigning national champions (writing that will never get old) – the women’s basketball team. They had a busy, celebratory offseason that included (among other things) a trip to the ESPYs, a European tour, appearances by [...]

By |2018-11-28T23:22:49-04:00November 29th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|11 Comments

Notre Dame Defeats Illinois 76-74 in ACC/BigTen Challenge

I promised myself I wouldn't do it. One of the fun things about writing about sports is projecting and predicting. We try to extrapolate future successes and failures out of single data points. We look for the patterns and indicators of future triumphs and tragedies. I'm not actually sure why we do it. Perhaps it [...]

By |2018-11-28T08:48:27-04:00November 28th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|12 Comments

Reading the Panic Meter – ND Basketball

Despite starting their season two months later and facing a much easier schedule, the Irish basketball squad, unlike the football team, is no longer undefeated. With their loss last week to Radford and less than impressive wins over three other opponents, fans of the program are rightly concerned. One of the captains decided to transfer?!?! [...]

By |2018-11-20T10:25:49-04:00November 20th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|13 Comments

Preseason Basketball Preview: The Team

With the regular season starting tonight against Illinois-Chicago, here is part two of the 18 Stripes basketball season preview. In case you missed it, here's part one which focuses on individual players. Additionally, the Irish played an exhibition against Central State last week. Here's a quick recap of a somewhat sloppy affair, and a look [...]

By |2018-11-06T09:51:03-04:00November 6th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|1 Comment

Takeaways from Irish Hoops Exhibition

The Irish defeated the Central State Marauders 76-54 at Purcell Pavilion on Thursday night in their only stateside exhibition. While the game was sloppy at times, especially in the first half, the contest provided a first look at a number of new faces for ND. Although the team will look different come conference play, we [...]

By |2018-11-02T09:06:45-04:00November 2nd, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|5 Comments

Preseason Basketball Preview: The Players

With the football team sitting at 8-0, you could be forgiven for not realizing that Fighting Irish Basketball is about to begin. The season kicks off with an exhibition between the Irish and Central State tonight (7:00 ET - ESPN3). Even though it's just a scrimmage against a D-II school, there's worse ways to use [...]

By |2018-11-01T12:30:10-04:00November 1st, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|4 Comments

The Renovated Rolfs Concepts Looks Amazing

Fair or not, the University of Notre Dame has often been accused of catering too much to the football program. In recent months, the school has announced another multi-million practice facility heavily revolved around the football team adding additional space connected to the Gug and a new indoor practice facility across the street. This is [...]

By |2018-05-10T11:35:18-04:00May 10th, 2018|Basketball|4 Comments

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 |2018-05-09T22:25:22-04:00April 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 |2018-05-09T22:25:22-04:00April 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 |2018-05-09T22:25:23-04:00March 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 |2018-05-09T22:25:23-04:00March 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 |2018-03-25T11:49:50-04:00March 25th, 2018|18S Reads, Basketball|2 Comments