Score: Providence 71, #21 Notre Dame 54
Stars: Providence Kadeem Batts, 20 Pts, 6 Reb, Bryce Cotton, 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast.
Story: Not a lot went right for the Irish on Saturday afternoon. Maybe they were due for it after winning five of their last six, and playing seven overtime periods in the four games prior. But regardless of why Notre Dame came out flat, there is no question that Providence significantly outplayed Brey’s team on Saturday.
The biggest issues had to be on the offensive end, where Notre Dame shot poorly, particularly beyond the arc, making only one three in fourteen attempts. And the team that leads the country in assist/turnover rate had a completely average day passing the ball as well. It was apparent that the Irish lacked energy and weren’t very engaged in this game from the start.
Mike Brey has to hope that this serves a quick wake-up call for his team, as they head to the Oakland Zoo to face Pittsburgh on Monday. Meanwhile, Providence is playing good basketball as of late and has now won four straight games.
Coach Brey praises Providence, says they are the most underrated team in the conference.
— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) February 16, 2013
Lead-footed No. 21 #NotreDame drilled by Providence 71-54. But, hey, at least the Irish have a whole 53 hours before playing at Pitt.
— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) February 16, 2013
Irish shoot 1-13 from beyond arc. But I’m sure Digger will note that Jack Cooley got another double-double (12,11). Providence.
— John Walters (@jdubs88) February 16, 2013