Duke's ACC Tournament Opponent For Tomorrow Is Set

It was an epic collapse for the Hokies in Brooklyn

Then, a barrage of back-to-back-to-back 3s from Colson, Farrell and TJ Gibbs brought the Irish fans to their feet, and an emotional and momentum-shifting play at the other end of the court completely turned the tide. Clemson will open their ACC tournament at 2 p.m. Thursday. "I mean, just look at, even with those three games, we're right there".

And that's after the Irish head coach was so frustrated at intermission (the Irish trailed 34-21) that he basically told his players to figure it out themselves. The Hokies were up by 21 points with 15 minutes remaining.

He repeated the same sentiment later on outside the Notre Dame locker room. Notre Dame held Virginia Tech to just 26.7% (8-30) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Hokies by a 38-32 margin in the win.

Slowly but surely, the Irish started to chip into Virginia Tech's lead.

As Matt Farrell drove to the basket he bounced it back out to Rex Pfluger who drew in the help defense before dishing it to the corner.

Notre Dame extended its advantage at the free throw line the rest of the way.

I didn't necessarily think that we were great in the first half or the second half offensively. "But when we run from it and do our own thing, it's not going to work". It's going to be hard as heck the last 20 minutes. "Keep trying to get better and keep knocking". The second half was a different story.

Brey had to call timeout after those two early Hokie buckets.

Virginia Tech only made three field goals in the last 11 minutes and then when the pressure mounted, they gad to foul the Irish to get the ball back.

Syracuse rode its starting five to a 73-64 victory over Wake Forest in the first round, with Marek Dolezaj leading the team with 20 points. But even as Notre Dame edged ahead during the opening minutes, the game was trending Tech's way. The Fighting Irish went a full month between wins in January and early February, but they're 3-1 since Colson returned from injury - and also beat Wichita State in November when he was healthy.

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Virginia finished the season with a 17-1 conference record after beating Notre Dame 62-57 Saturday. Obviously you guys went kind of cold there; what do you think kind of changed from that standpoint?

On the ensuing possession, Notre Dame came through with four total free throws, closing within four points at 54-50. Pflueger led both teams with nine rebounds to go with 14 points.

The presence of Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell - two veteran stars who hadn't played when Tech won at Notre Dame in the regular season - seemed to be inconsequential.

"What a great win, what a great gutsy win. I saw the show he put on".

"This was a huge game for a lot of reasons". [Junior infielders] Nick Podkul and Cole Daily continue to play at a really high level, getting some contributions from a guy like [senior outfielder] Alex Kerschner, so I think [junior first baseman] Daniel Jung has been much improved. But they were able to pull of a ridiculous comeback. It hasn't been easy but the Irish are still in it at Barclays Center, where they are 9-2 all-time. "Hopefully we take positives and negatives from this and just move on from it".

"It was do or die, and we finally got locked in on defense".

Wilson-Frame and Carr each scored 18 points.

With at least one more game to play at the Barclays Center, the Irish may or may not end up doing enough to merit an NCAA Championship invitation.

Duke certainly won't be looking past the Irish and will be fresh for this one ready to make a championship run.

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