What’s on the minds of Notre Dame men’s basketball fans? Let’s find out


Tom Noie: The leaves are falling left and proper off the bushes. Snow’s within the forecast for Friday round these elements. That may solely imply that it really is school basketball season. Notre Dame opens Saturday at dwelling towards Cal State Northridge. The Irish are the final of the Atlantic Coast Convention’s 15 groups to begin the season, however that was by design. Sufficient with all that – let’s speak hoops. Be sure you embrace your title and hometown along with your query or remark. And with that, you recognize the remainder – let’s mild this NDI chat candle. Let’s go!

Jon: Is Hub going to go the ball? 

Tom Noie: Jon: Nice to listen to from you, however a query…are you new round right here? Prentiss HUBB led the Atlantic Coast Convention in assists final season at 5.85 per recreation. In his three seasons because the lead guard, Hubb has 445 assists. That is a mean of 148 per 12 months. he will get 148 extra this season, he’ll end his collegiate profession with 593, which might be fourth at school historical past behind solely Chris Thomas, Tory Jackson and Jerian Grant. That is some fairly good level guard firm. So to reply your query, sure, I feel he’ll go the ball this season. Lots. Simply as he is finished the earlier three seasons.

Kling: What is the ceiling for this crew? 

Tom Noie: Kling: Too early to inform. As we begin, the baseline  is double-digit league wins, a prime half end within the Atlantic Coast Convention and a visit to the NCAA match for the primary time since 2016-17. Let’s examine how the primary month unfolds. Can Notre Dame do one thing within the Maui Invitational? What is going to it appear like in non-league video games towards Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana earlier than Christmas? IF they present sufficient indicators of being actually good, then that ceiling shifts. How a couple of Prime Six end within the league? How about an NCAA match win or two. We’re getting forward ourselves on all the things as a result of this core group by no means has proven that it could possibly do both. However the potential is there. Time to faucet into it.

Tony: Tom, why do you suppose it took Coach Brey so lengthy to understand a workers modified was wanted? I hope it helps on the courtroom as a lot as it’s in recruiting. Now they’ll go after the 2023 gamers. 

Tom Noie: Tony: As a result of if you compile a training workers of Notre Dame graduates (Ryan Ayers, Ryan Humphrey) and somebody who’s been by your aspect because you arrived at Notre Dame (rod Balanis), you actually need all of it to work. You are perhaps extra affected person with the method than you in any other case could be. This was the workers that was in place when Notre Dame went to the NCAA Event in 2016-17. Then it went sideways. When you’re Brey, you need it to work. Loyalty is large with him and he was perhaps too loyal earlier than making any adjustments. He realized earlier than final season began that adjustments wanted to be made. He made them. A whole lot of them. I did not suppose he had THAT in him, to go to that excessive. However this workers has re-energized all the things across the program. It is virtually a wholly completely different outfit. That enables for optimism as a substitute of the same-old, same-old.

Trevor B from Punta Gorda Fl: First, I simply gotta say I recognize your protection of ND basketball fan. All the time take pleasure in studying your articles and these chats you carry to the fan base. I’ve two questions for you. First one could also be a bit untimely however because you’ve seen him dwell and in particular person I used to be questioning how far alongside you imagine Blake Wesley is in comparison with a number of the former Irish you’ve seen. Thanks! 

Tom Noie: Trevor: Nice to listen to from you….ship a few of that Florida solar up this fashion. Blake Wesley’s waaaaay additional alongside than I’d’ve thought. Watching him a ton in highschool, I assumed it could take time to form his recreation into what Mike Brey likes to do. Wesley needed to do lots in highschool. How would that translate? Would it not? It has. He is gotten severe about not being solely a scorer. He is a basketball participant. There have not been many freshmen (perhaps going again to Tory Jackson) who’re this prepared this early. He will play. Lots. Early.

Trevor B from Punta Gorda Fl: Second query. Do you imagine there’s a superb likelihood Blake breaks into the beginning 5? 

Tom Noie: Trevor: Solely a matter of time. Mike Brey has a core beginning 5 proper now, however has by no means been shy about shaking that up. Wesley’s a primary man regardless. He will play heavy minutes. Heavy does not imply 32+ but it surely does imply that he is firmly within the rotation. To remain. To play.

Trevor B from Punta Gorda Fl: what participant are you wanting ahead to seeing probably the most this season and why? 

Tom Noie: Trevor: I need to see how former Yale energy ahead Paul Atkinson, Jr.’s recreation interprets to the ACC. He will face larger and higher competitors. How will he reply? It is one factor to do it within the Ivy League, and Atkinson did it fairly nicely throughout his three seasons. If he can do it as nicely within the ACC, that simply opens all the things up for everybody else.

Trevor B from Punta Gorda Fl: What line up do you imagine will show to be best?

Tom Noie: Trevor: All of it’s going to rely upon how nicely this crew can and can guard. If they are surely purchased into protection, and may do it persistently over 40 minutes, the four-around-one lineup (4 guards with one large) could be Notre Dame’s greatest lineup with guard Dane Goodwin because the second large. He can play across the rim. He can rebound. That is a smaller however a faster but additionally most likely higher lineup than taking part in two bigs. It simply appears like  the Irish have one other gear after they can get to four-around-one.

Tyler from Michiana: Tom, I learn on a recruiting web site that the constant message from Brey & workers to Ven-Allen Lubin throughout his recruitment was that he’d have “an immediate role in starting.” If that is true, that leads me to imagine that the workers is anticipating to lose 2 guards subsequent 12 months (Hubb + Wertz or Goodwin) as a result of Starling, Ryan, Wesley are all however locks to begin in 2022-23. Too quickly to say that we are able to simply bury Sanders in his third 12 months or a 2nd 12 months Konieczny for that SF/PF hybrid position that I’m assuming Brey sees Lubin in. Opinion? 

Tom Noie: Tyler: Nice to listen to from. That Ven-Allen Lubin at 6-foot-8, 220 -pounds, could be in line to problem for a beginning spot would not essentially imply the Irish may lose two guards – it means there’s alternative alongside the entrance line. Paul Atkinson, Jr., shall be out of eligibility. He will not be again. Nate Laszewski? Undecided. If he leaves, these are your two frontcourt starters. It is advisable exchange energy forwards with energy forwards. Subsequent season is a HUGE guessing recreation. Six of the seven guys who graduate within the spring might conceivably return. Dane Goodwin already has expressed an curiosity in taking part in a fifth 12 months so he can get his Grasp’s. You’d suppose Cormac Ryan and Trey Wertz would desire a fifth 12 months as nicely.

Tom Noie: When you shoot the teaching workers with reality serum, then ask them in regards to the 2022-23 lineup, I feel they’d need to have a lineup of J.J. Starling and  Blake Wesley within the backcourt. Ryan or Goodwin because the third guard. If Lubin is that superior, perhaps he earns a spot on the entrance line. The fifth starter? How about J.R. Konieczny, who could be nearer to 6-8 by then as a form of a hybrid position of ahead/guard? Gotta maintain growing the again finish of the rotation in Elijah Taylor and Tony Sanders, Jr., and Matt Zona. You can also discover the switch portal. Perhaps they get one other man like Paul Atkinson, Jr. A whole lot of choices and never loads of solutions. For now.

Tyler from Michiana: Tom, not that you just’d share for those who knew precisely however what’s your greatest guess about Laszewski going into 2022-23? I’d think about his skilled future no matter his season this 12 months is worldwide basketball. That’s not going wherever. Do you see Nate as a 5 12 months man? 

Tom Noie: Tyler: Nate’s a tough man to get a learn on in that he would not share loads of his emotions. He is actually quiet. Ask him about subsequent season and he’ll say he’ll give it some thought on the finish of the season. It is exhausting to say if he’d desire a fifth 12 months. Perhaps. Perhaps not. There are guys who would bounce on the likelihood, after which there are guys like former Irish ahead Carleton Scott who imagine that when their time is up, it is up and it is on to the subsequent basketball problem.

Tyler from Michiana: Tom, I do know this can be a query you’ve addressed earlier than however I’m simply curious on what you suppose the thought course of behind the price of these tickets is? Attendance shall be down this winter due to the continued well being considerations. That’s comprehensible. However for Notre Dame to quite have a half empty area on the expense of not promoting these tickets for half the price simply is senseless from each an financial standpoint (what’s cash to ND anyway) and a fan/participant expertise. Everyone throughout advantages from a bought out area. Gamers, followers, and most significantly the college. Profitable after all is the treatment all however nonetheless… 

Tom Noie: Tyler: What IS the price of a ticket to a Notre Dame males’s basketball recreation? Tiered like soccer? Although it could be exhausting to justify paying $100 for video games towards Kentucky and Duke. I get the place the athletic division is coming from – it has to make up for final 12 months’s lack of income, but it surely additionally wants to grasp the market. Notre Dame males’s basketball tickets is not wherever near Notre Dame soccer tickets.

Tyler from Michiana: Tom, with the Crossroads ending on the conclusion of this season, what recreation do you see in 2022-23 being the impartial web site recreation or the “marque” recreation that replaces it? Any rumblings? My prediction is a real highway recreation at Marquette with the return recreation in South Bend in 2023. What do you suppose? 

Tom Noie: Tyler: Thank God the Crossroads is ending with this final installment of Notre Dame taking part in Indiana in Indianapolis at no matter Bankers Life Fieldhouse is known as as of late. It is run its course. Notre Dame and Marquette introduced in 2019 that it could renew its rivalry starting with a recreation at Fiserv Discussion board  in the 2022-23 season. It is a dwelling and residential, which suggests Marquette involves South Bend in 2023-24. No Crossroads opens the Irish to discover completely different video games towards completely different groups. Perhaps Villanova. Perhaps DePaul. Perhaps UCLA. Perhaps Georgetown. Mike Brey talked about Wednesday he is additionally talked with Indiana coach Mike Woodson about rekindling that sequence, solely dwelling and houses as a substitute of impartial websites. So there’s that.

Jim Tal, Valley Heart, CA.: Good morning Tom. Thanks a lot for all of your tremendous work in relation to ND hoops. Heck, your soccer stuff is fairly darn good too. My query is a reasonably straight ahead one. Do you foresee any approach that Brey returns as ND coach in 2022-23 if the Irish fail to make the Huge Dance? If not, does he depart on his personal or does AD Jack give him a mild nudge out the door? Or might he conceivably keep on if the Irish present modest enchancment this 12 months and on condition that he is bringing in a really strong recruiting class subsequent fall? Does this really quantity to a do-or-die season for the coach? 

Tom Noie: Jim: Thanks for the observe and the type phrases. Having the overlap of soccer and basketball retains me hopping, but it surely positive beats the choice, so no grievance there. I actually do not see this as a make-or-break season for Mike Brey when it comes to the way in which Jack Swarbrick sees it. He typically appears at a program – hoops, soccer, hockey – you title the game – a bit of otherwise than simply wins or losses. Are the coaches reaching the student-athletes? Are the student-athletes responding to the teaching workers? What is the general vibe across the follow facility? I get the sense in my conversations with Jack Swarbrick that an entire lot has to go unsuitable with any given program for him to imagine a training change is important. And if the earlier 4 years weren’t make-or-break years, why would the fifth be? No, I feel Mike Brey is the coach of this program till a minimum of the top of the 2024-25 season when his contract expires. Then what? New coach? Contract extension? Suppose all that works itself the subsequent few years.

Zach: How do you suppose the latest recruiting class (getting 3 4-star gamers) impacts the probability of any fifth 12 months guys subsequent season (Laszewski, Goodwin, Wertz, Ryan, and so on) 

Tom Noie: Zach: It actually would not. If all six of the blokes who’ve eligibility remaining need to return, I feel Mike Brey will give them that likelihood. It is a bit of completely different scenario than bringing again Nik Djogo or Juwan Durham this season for a SIXTH 12 months. Brey is fairly up entrance along with his guys in that after 5 years, it is simply time to maneuver on. After 4? Do not suppose he is escorting any of these guys out the door at Rolfs if they are saying, hey, Coach, I might like to return again.

Jeff from Schererville, IN: Tom, I’m questioning for those who noticed Kentucky-Duke and if so what your impressions had been of that recreation and its individuals. It appears just like the WV switch is a beast on the glass for UK and that’s been an issue for ND, and as for Duke, Banchero was what we thought he’d be however Keels regarded like a hidden gem. Their video games towards ND are a month or extra away, however what are some issues ND may be capable of do or ought to do towards every with a purpose to give themselves one of the best likelihood to win? Thanks and sustain your nice work. 

Tom Noie: Jeff: Trevor Keels goes to be an issue within the league, not only for Notre Dame. He is actually good. Notre Dame simply must be Notre Dame – keep in mind when Jahlil Okafor was the newest large with the super upside like Banchero is at the moment. Notre Dame beat Duke twice that season, together with within the ACC match semifinals. So simply do what the Irish do. It truly is about them and never a lot in regards to the different groups. It is good to get a crew like Kentucky early earlier than the Wildcats determine it out. I additionally noticed the place John Calipari performed solely seven guys. Mike Brey’s not the one one….lol

Rockaway Mike: Do you suppose Notre Dame shall be higher at dealing with the complete courtroom press this season?? Final 12 months they largely dumped the ball within the nook and hoped for one of the best. On the flip aspect; with a defensive minded, deeper and extra athletic lineup, do you anticipate Notre Dame to make the most of and be extra of a  full courtroom/trapping defence?? I feel that might shock everybody!! Thanks Tom. 

Tom Noie: Mike: They cannot be any worse than final season, proper? I nonetheless consider that second half at Syracuse and shudder. So does Mike Brey. Do not suppose you are going to see these guys operating all around the ground and throwing traps and double groups right here and there and in all places. At the least, not but. Let’s excellent halfcourt protection and key in on gang rebounding earlier than branching out. Small steps with this group, however the small steps have been good. Let’s examine them translate.

Mark Metzler – Rochester, NY: Tom, nice to be again! How deep will this crew play as soon as we get to ACC play? 8-9 guys? 

Tom Noie: Mark: Ha! Good one. I child, I child. There shall be nights – loads of them actually and towards the elite groups – when this rotation will not transcend seven. It is the beginning 5 of Hubb, Ryan, Goodwin, Laszewski and Atkinson and Wertz and Wesley off the bench. Now, there could be possibilities for say, Elijah Taylor because the eighth man towards a bodily crew or J.R. Konieczny towards a fringe crew. However not frequently.

Tyler from Michiana: Tom, I’m curious in regards to the relationships you will have with the 2018 class. Hindered given the present well being circumstances after all, however I’m curious for those who plan to stay in contact with any of those guys after 2022 (or 2023) or see a sure relationship that you just really feel that door would all the time be open?

Tom Noie: Tyler: It has been exhausting to get to know these guys, like, actually know them as I’ve with so many courses/groups/guys up to now. I’ve requested greater than as soon as about doing one thing with Robby Carmody and all that he is been by means of. It is by no means gone any additional than that. As for the long run, I really feel snug contacting nearly anybody (there are a number of exceptions, lol) that is performed on this program throughout my 24 years on the beat if I want to succeed in out. Ninety-nine level 9 occasions, guys get again to me.

Aidan: How a lot will Wesley contribute this 12 months and when it’s all mentioned and finished can he rank up there with a number of the nice gamers Brey has had up to now decade (Grant, Pat, DJ, and so on.) 

Tom Noie: Aidan: Whooooooaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh. I get the thrill round Wesley, and rightfully so, however let’s have a look at him get by means of his freshman 12 months   the place the struggles are actual, particularly the subsequent few months when the video games are coming shortly and finals lurk and extra video games and the spring semester. That mentioned, the instruments are there for Wesley to be actually good. I am not going into greatness territory. Not earlier than he is performed a recreation.

Clint from Winnipeg: Which of the returning gamers has shocked you probably the most when it comes to his enchancment? 

Tom Noie: Clint: Too early to inform. Notre Dame has performed two exhibition video games, each of which received out of hand actually early. After that, it is only a pickup recreation and exhausting to essentially say, whoa, have not seen that. Like, Trey Wertz hit 5 3s and performed with nice tempo within the second exhibition, however he missed the primary exhibition with an ankle damage. Can he try this for multiple recreation? It is type of like that throughout the board. There’s lots to love from the 2 exhibitions, but it surely actually would not matter – proper now. Let’s examine it for per week or two or three and then you definately’re like, yeah, this man or that man has gotten higher. And this is why.

The person: report projection for normal season and acc play? and in addition perhaps an acc match projection in addition to march  insanity? very early however could be enjoyable to consider 

Tom Noie: My man….want to see extra from these guys to essentially have a deal with. Let’s go together with 20-plus general wins and 10-plus league wins. Prime half of the ACC and an NCAA match seed of some kind. After lacking out on the final 4 years, even when the Irish must go to the play-in recreation, they will take it.

Jacob: What large video games do you suppose we win this 12 months, together with the maui match? 

Tom Noie: Jacob: Let’s go together with Kentucky at dwelling. North Carolina at dwelling. Virginia at dwelling, then the Irish do what the Irish traditionally have finished and steal a number of on the highway. Illinois shall be tough. Indiana at impartial web site shall be tough. That is OK – so long as this group competes and is not down double digits by the second media timeout.

Rick, Iowa Metropolis, IA: Hey Tom! Very long time fan right here and excited for 2021-22. Appears like this group can lastly carry dwelling a second weekend NCAA Event look. Do you suppose we’ll see a special defensive identification with Slo again within the combine? Go Irish! 

Tom Noie: Rick: If the primary six weeks are any indication, protection will tackle an entire new precedence with this group. All the things they do in follow begins with protection. That is a step in the precise route. Now construct on it. This would possibly not be a lockdown outfit, however they should not be wherever close to the sieve-like crew they had been final 12 months after they did not cease anyone.

Ryan mars pa: Tom what do you concentrate on this 12 months’s crew i suppose it will likely be good with hubb nate Atkinson wertz Goodwin Zona and everybody else I’m hoping they make the match go Irish 

Tom Noie: Ryan: Lots to love, however lots to be decided. There’s a lot age and expertise again and new guys added to the combo, however this group by no means has finished it over the lengthy haul. That has to vary to maintain from being the identical previous Irish.

Rick, Iowa Metropolis, IA: That point of 12 months child!!! Let’s simply get a number of wins in “Maui” and take it from there! On a scale from 1-10, what’s your confidence meter at when it comes to this group reaching the NCAA Event? I am at a 7! 

Tom Noie: Rick….I will go 7.5 with good undercarriage and sauce….oooops….thought we had been doing pizza. Nah, I will nonetheless go 7.5 with capacity to bump to an 8 between now and the primary of the 12 months.

Robert from Michiana: What have been your impressions of Elijah Taylor in follow and the 2 exhibitions? 

Tom Noie: Robert: At 6-foot-8, 242, he actually appears the a part of a man that is often on the opposite groups within the ACC. He had seven rebounds in 12 minutes the primary outing, then tallied one of many strangest stat strains I’ve ever seen with 4 fouls in seven minutes. Child steps with Taylor. Bear in mind, he did not play in any respect final 12 months after offseason ankle surgical procedure. There’s lots there, although we would not see a lot of it this season. And that is OK. It is going to be a course of with him.

Robert from Michiana: We’ve seen what coach Solomon brings again to this system. What in your opinion will coach Wyche carry? 

Tom Noie: Robert: An edge. A starvation. A drive. An accountability stage that former Irish coach Ryan Ayers by no means actually secured with the blokes. And he can recruit. Antoni Wyche was the lead assistant in getting Ven-Allen Lubin. He is been the last word grinder assistant at Siena and Lehigh. Count on extra of the identical – in one of the best of how – now that he is again at his alma mater.

Jerrick: we profitable maui??? i wanna see a shirtless brey!! 

Tom Noie: Jerrick: Can school basketball deal with Maui Mike? Shirtless and operating down the Strip with the match championship? Simply beat Saint Mary’s and fear in regards to the subsequent recreation. For now.

Clint from Winnipeg: What number of wins over final season do you suppose upgrading the protection to an “average” stage can carry? 

Tom Noie: Clint: Taking a look at final season’s outcomes and off the highest of my melon, I can keep in mind 5 video games the place if Notre Dame simply defended even a bit of, it could’ve gained – dwelling towards Ohio State, at North Carolina (one-point loss), at Georgia Tech (one-point loss), at Syracuse (Irish had been up 20 in second half) and at Boston Faculty (protection was optionally available). That flips an 11-15 report to 16-10. These video games now must go Notre Dame’s approach.

Joey from Highland: Hey Tom, miss me?  I used to be at each exhibitions and I observed the ball motion appears approach extra crisp this 12 months. Hubb appears to be extra assured within the different guys too. I used to be shocked Taylor was forward of Zona, Zona appears to crash the boards like a mad man. Your ideas? 

Tom Noie: Joey: All the time miss an opportunity to speak hoops with you man. The ball does transfer higher, partially as a result of the Irish had an opportunity to follow and play collectively for the summer season. That wasn’t an possibility the earlier offseason due to the pandemic, and it confirmed final 12 months. Suppose Zona and Taylor are each back-end-of-the-rotation guys till they get a bit of extra seasoning. Zona HAD to play at occasions final 12 months. That will not be the case this 12 months. Not with this group.

Dick from Detroit: Is Mike Brey actually Ted Lasso in disguise? 

Tom Noie: Sigh….exhausting go.

Chris , DC: Tom,   How large of a 12 months can Laszewski have with the addition of Atkinson?   Thanks 

Tom Noie: Chris: Laszewski first has to cease dribbling his approach into points that don’t have any approach out. There have been occasions within the exhibition the place he has an open 3 on the wing or the nook, offers a pump pretend, then dribbles towards the basket. He is shut off and now the great look he had is not any look and it is a scramble. Laszewski has to maintain it easy – see ball, shoot ball. I liked his recreation within the second exhibition the place scoring factors wasn’t there, so he simply went out and grabbed 15 rebounds. That is a giant step when guys notice, OK, the offense won’t be there tonight, so how can I impression video games in different methods?

Joey from Highland: I watched the ACC Championship recreation on YouTube. That crew was soooo good. Take me again! 

Tom Noie: Joey: I might watch that one possession throughout Notre Dame’s second half run the place all 5 guys touched the ball from 5 completely different areas of the ground earlier than Steve Vasturia sticks the three. The look on the face of Roy Williams that evening in Greensboro Coliseum was like, how do I cease THAT????

Joey from Highland: I’m a Jay Bilas fan however he’s a Duke alum. Undecided he must be doing their video games.  Ideas? 

Tom Noie: He is tremendous….besides when he will get on his Duke-colored cleaning soap field. However he is higher than the choice, and actually, ESPN took a step again when Invoice Raftery jumped to FOX.

Justin, Ft Wayne: Tom, you will have any video games your actually wanting ahead too? 

Tom Noie: Justin: Truthfully, all of them, as a result of it is a journey to see how this crew goes to do what it must do to get to the top, which is the NCAA match. I am not a kind of guys who’s like, yeah, wake me in February when all the things issues. The enjoyment is within the journey. Who’re these Irish going to be? Let’s discover out.

Mike from Rochester, NY: Tom, Juwan Durham by no means advanced into the within pressure I feel all of us anticipated. Why was that and what does Paul Atkinson carry that ought to give us hope for a stronger inside recreation?

Tom Noie: Mike: It is easy to say now, I do know, however I by no means checked out Juwan Durham and thought, whoa, he will be a difficulty for groups throughout his profession. He was tall. He blocked a number of pictures. However he was who he was, and what he was. Restricted athlete, restricted scorer. Restricted man. Good man, however not somebody that was going to affect video games. Atkinson’s a special cat, in so many good methods. That he is 23 should not be ignored. He simply performs basketball. Would not appear like he is on the market sorting by means of his choices as Durham appeared to do. Simply play. Let it stream.

Greg from New Jersey: Thanks for doing these chats Tom!  Something particular we must always look ahead to referring to the improved protection?  After all, effort and method want to enhance, however have you ever seen or heard something relating to particular methods/philosophy?  Pack-line rules or extra aggressive ball-pressure/deny?  Ice, swap or hedge ball screens?  Anxious to see the brand new deal with protection so curious to see what Coach Slo has deliberate and what to search for to see if the gamers are executing….Go Irish! 

Tom Noie: Greg: Good to listen to from you. This could assist you to with what to look at for – https://tinyurl.com/3ex93b68. Wrote about that matter final week. They’re going to be higher. Cannot be any worse than final 12 months, proper?

Matt from Campus: You’ve got mentioned the schedule a bit already, however what would you say is profitable end result within the non-conference portion for this crew?  My ideas of “successful” are win all of the video games you might be speculated to, go 2-1 in Vegas, and take 2 of three of IU, Illinois, and Kentucky.  Is that too excessive of a bar? 

Tom Noie: Matt: Great things, and good to listen to from you. I will go together with Meatloaf – two out of three, ain’t dangerous – to deal with your query. Proper on with profitable all of the non-league video games you are speculated to win. No slip-ups allowed. Identical with going 2-1 in Vegas, irrespective of who you play. I might say getting two of the three out of Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana could be an excessive amount of to ask – a minimum of proper now. The Illinois recreation would be the first time that this core shall be in that kind of highway ambiance towards a very good crew. How are they going to reply? Yeah, you need to win, but it surely’s extra essential to play nicely. Not fall into early double-digit gap and then you definately spend the remainder of the evening making an attempt to dig out of it. Kentucky? Win a giant recreation at dwelling. That is a should. However then we get to Indiana, which actually is a highway recreation. It is not a impartial web site….it is all cream and crimson down there. However you get the expertise within the Illinois and Indiana video games to arrange for what’s coming within the ACC. Let’s examine the way it performs out.

Tyler from Michiana: Thanks in your time in answering all these questions. I say this with all respect to the younger man. I feel he’s a terrific child & I feel regardless of what occurs along with his development in this system, he’ll spend his 4/5 years right here & get his diploma like your typical “Notre Dame man.” I imagine he’s of that character as a pupil athlete. Nice match. However basketball clever, his recreation to me is simply meh. I’m simply not impressed. I feel if he will get it discovered, it’ll be in 12 months three or 4 like a Cooley or a Geben however even his ceiling feels decrease than these guys. Zona is a low ground, low ceiling kinda man IMO. Perhaps he was recruited that approach as depth as a “project” however I’d want to take a switch reserve large with the next ground & years of faculty expertise. What’s your closest comp for Matt Zona?

Tom Noie: Tyler: Good factors. Truthful factors. I did a dwell Zoom on Wednesday and in contrast Matt Zona to a mixture of Jack Cooley and John Mooney when it comes to the place he’s within the early levels of his profession. When Cooley and to an extent Mooney had been younger, there was zero indication that they’d go on to have the faculty careers that that they had. No person noticed them coming, particularly after they had been underclassmen. I might put Zona in that class. Give him time to develop his recreation and see what occurs. Perhaps nothing. Perhaps one thing, however he is a great distance off to being a rotational piece to this basketball puzzle. I might look exhausting on the switch portal within the offseason for a giant with expertise who might assist.

Tom: I need to see focus and consistency from this season’s crew. Suppose ND can play with some urgency this 12 months and get off to a superb begin? 

Tom Noie: Tom: If not now, then when? Looks like I’ve typed that sentence in chats or emails now for the previous couple of years. Truthfully, I am uninterested in ready to see one thing – to see something – from this core. Like, let’s go already, proper? They have not gone to the NCAA match, however imagine they’ll go to the NCAA match. OK, so how do they deal with that? Wilt below stress? Embrace it and thrive? Cannot wait to seek out out.

Matt from Campus: Very bummed that the Duke and UNC video games are over the varsity’s Christmas break.  Looks like these large title video games are the one time we get higher attracts within the pupil part, to not point out it will likely be Coach Ok’s final go to.  Might a constructive 12 months rejuvenate the coed physique’s curiosity within the crew?  I have been pissed off by the shortage of attendance the final three years, however perceive it some as a result of we’re a soccer college and a few as a result of the crew has not been superb.  What was the coed part like within the again to again elite 8 years?  A lot better, considerably higher? 

Tom Noie: Matt: You are new round right here, proper? I’ve had a bizarre relationship with the coed physique and with the fan base normally. For therefore a few years, this fan base seemingly was caught within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties of faculty basketball independence. The place had been the Adrian Dantleys and Davis Rivers of the Irish hoops world? Totally different time there, folks. The scholar part? Truthful climate on a superb day. Yeah, they will present up and present out for Duke and Carolina, however you’ll be able to’t simply be there for the large video games. The scholar physique gonna pupil physique like they all the time have. Even through the Elite Eight years, the fan expertise at Purcell Pavilion was center of the ACC highway on a superb day. The scholar physique/native followers and I aren’t simply going to get alongside very nicely…..lol

Maggie, Oak Park: Not a query. Simply wished to say that I could not agree with you extra that this core group actually has not stepped as much as present one thing in any approach. 

Tom Noie: Maggie: Thanks, which is why I’ve to sofa all the things when folks ask in regards to the pleasure stage of the season and the potential of this crew. It could be one factor if this core had beforehand gained 11, 12, 13 video games within the ACC one 12 months or performed within the NIT. That is stuff you’ll be able to construct on. However to not have ever finished it (NCAA) after which to HAVE to do it this 12 months, that is a very large step. Do they notice it? Do they understand how exhausting it truly is? There isn’t any margin for error with this group, or this season. They must go and do one thing that they’ve by no means finished. Have they got it in them? I do not know, as a result of, nicely, they’ve by no means proven it. Ever.

Tom Noie: That can do it for at the moment’s chat. Many thanks for all who dropped in for a couple of minutes. We’ll circle again and have one other one in a number of weeks. Perhaps the week after Notre Dame opens Atlantic Coast Convention play Dec. 3 at Boston Faculty. Keep tuned!

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