The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame went toe-to-toe with Kentucky -- leading most of the game -- only to lose the lead and game with SIX SECONDS left -- 68 - 66.
I know I speak for the entire NOTRE DAME NATION when I say THANK YOU!
Thank you to Jerian Grant, thank you to Pat Connaughton, thank you to Mike Brey, thank you to the Players, thank you to the Coaches -- how fun were these last few weeks!
I thought we had them -- we couldn't afford to not be perfect at the free throw line over the last few minutes. The three misses -- the difference on the scoreboard.
Kentucky did not miss a shot the last 12 minutes of the game -- and they still had to make two free throws to beat us with six seconds left. THINK ABOUT THAT -- especially when you hear Calipari talk about how poorly they played...
Hey -- we gave them all we had. I'm proud of our team.
Thank you Notre Dame Men's Basketball -- it was special!
Here's my attempt to give Notre Dame fans some hope today as we await the 8:49 PM ET tip-off against #1 and undefeated Kentucky. No one is giving us a chance tonight...
NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS!
Here's a look at how Notre Dame and Kentucky played in games this season vs. common opponents -- the only true measure we have to compare these two teams outside of nine (9) "Big Mac" All-Americans vs. one (1) "Big Mac" All-American...
OPPONENT: NORTH CAROLINA
Kentucky beat North Carolina 84 - 70 / @ home
Notre Dame beat North Carolina 71 - 70 / @ NC
Notre Dame beat North Carolina 90 - 82 / @ ACC (in North Carolina)
Kentucky beat Louisville 58 - 50 / @ Louisville
Notre Dame beat Louisville 71 - 59 / @ Louisville
FUZZY MATH ANALYSIS:
So, here's my "fuzzy math" look at the match-up between Notre Dame and Kentucky using data from the games played this season against common opponents.
It should be noted that it's generally regarded that a home court provides a team with a FOUR POINT (3.7 to be precise) advantage. So, if you take this "advantage" into consideration -- we've played these two teams quite evenly:
Kentucky was 10 points better than North Carolina
Notre Dame 8.5 points better than North Carolina (averaging the two games)
Kentucky was 12 points better than Louisville
Notre Dame was 16 points better than Louisville
In totality -- Kentucky was 22 points better -- Notre Dame was 24.5 points better
Now, there might be a couple of you out there who might not agree with my hypothesis -- but, hey you should give me some credit for the creativity in this argument for giving us Notre Dame fans hope tonight...
So, here's the bottom line: Notre Dame should be a TWO AND A HALF POINT favorite over Kentucky!
FYI: Vegas has Kentucky an 11 point favorite -- I guess they don't use fuzzy math...
In the photo above -- that's Coach Brey telling Coach Calipari -- WE GOT YOU!
The ELITE EIGHT is set for the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship -- and wouldn't you know it -- the FIGHTING IRISH of Notre Dame have the BEST RECORD in head to head battles amongst the remaining eight teams this season!
You better get ready for a LATE GAME tonight! The #1 seeded Fighting Irish play an opponent they haven't seen in 23 years -- #4 seed Stanford -- in a game that is scheduled to tip-off at 10 PM ET on ESPN. That is not a typo!
The Irish are in Oklahoma City -- playing what I believe to be the toughest opponent of any of the #1 seeds in the country in their SWEET SIXTEEN game. Stanford handed UCONN their only loss of the season in November...
Notre Dame has never beaten Stanford in women's basketball -- that needs to change tonight! Here's some of the media coverage coming out of Oklahoma City: