Virginia Tech Collapses Against Notre Dame

Notre Dame, which rallied from a 21-point second-half hole a night earlier against Virginia Tech, stormed back to pull within 37-31 as Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr. picked up his third foul.

The 10-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 20-13 (8-10 ACC) on the season after upsetting the 7-seed Virginia Tech Hokies, 71-65, to advance past the 2nd round of the New York Life ACC Men's Tournament.

Bagley, the highly touted freshman who just returned from a four-game layoff because of a knee sprain, resumed his role as the Blue Devils' go-to threat by hitting his first four shots.

Colson started really slow in his 4th game back from injury and looked winded in the first half already. After suffering three losses in February, Duke could use a strong showing in Brooklyn, N.Y., to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Bagley, who was finishing his junior season of high school basketball at this time a year ago, knocked down 15 of 23 field goal attempts in an NBA arena, marking an appropriate beginning to the end of what will undoubtedly be his only season at Duke. Notre Dame knocked it out on the line in making 11-of-12 free throws in the last two minutes. You bet, and Farrell's two subsequent free throws brought the Fighting Irish within 54-50.

The Blue Devils are a young team that still growing. Junior guard Rex Pflueger poured in 14 points, while sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs scored 13 and Bonzie Colson added 12 to pace the Irish offense.

Where Notre Dame goes from here is anyone's guess after three games in three days.

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If this was the last time that we've seen Colson and Farrell playing games that matter this season, it'll be fitting, as one of the nation's best pair of seniors was sent home by a superstar freshman on a team that features a handful of them. If not, Notre Dame could be a favorite to win the NIT.

With the loss, the Hokies are eliminated from the ACC Tournament, but will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Duke is going to need a big class in 2019, as the revolving door of the one-and-done era continues to spin.

In the game's outset, the Blue Devils' energy source, senior Grayson Allen, lit up the floor, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes as Notre Dame stumbled trying to break through Duke's zone defense.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey picked his poison, deciding to not double-team Bagley in the post.

"We made a hell of a run up here", Brey told his team. Before that they had dropped three of four. "And we knew this was going to be a little bit of a tough season; we didn't know it was going to be this tough", Stallings said. Duke was 9-of-14 from the field while Notre Dame had made 5-of-11 field goals. "We're just growing. We're still learning", Krzyzewski said.

Brey's team ended up winning seven of its final 11 games-the only defeats coming against top-rated Virginia and fifth-ranked Duke, along with two other NCAA Tournament teams-North Carolina and Miami.

Notre Dame must now sit around and wait with the hope that what they've accomplished over the past four months is enough to get their name called on Selection Sunday. Mike has a team that together the whole year, for get it.

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