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Notre Dame beats Pitt, but should they be worried?

Feb 18, 2013, 10:05 PM EST

James Robinson, Jerian Grant AP

Notre Dame’s been a weird team to follow since their five-overtime epic with Louisville.

They’ve gone 2-1, with wins over DePaul and now, a solid, scrappy victory at no. 20 Pittsburgh.

But looking at the numbers Fighting Irish fans might want to keep an eye out. The 38.3-percent shooting is indicative of their past two games, including the 39-percent clip in their 71-54 loss at Providence. Also, don’t discount they allowed a Blue Demons team to shoot 48-percent in a 81-78 overtime win for Notre  Dame.

It’s not that this team isn’t playing to it’s potential, and it’s definitely not that this team is still feeling the effects of the Louisville game. But it’s something to watch.

They’ll need more than the team-high 13 points from Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley. A lot better than the offensive start they had, missing 18 of their first 19 shots.

The Panthers, who hold opponents to 55 points per game, is a solid defensive team. They held the Irish to 19 first half points. Problem is, Notre Dame is a better offensive team than Pittsburgh is defensively. If they let themselves fall behind like that again, who knows what could happen, depending on the opponent.

There won’t be many night when they get the help of Garrick Sherman, who had zero points in just six minutes tonight. And there will be games when they play teams, like the Syracuses and Louisvilles, again, that will combined solid defense with the ability to create offense.

Against teams like that, teams that the Fighting Irish are going to have to beat to make a run through the Big East Tournament, they’ll need to perform better offensively.

If I root for the Irish, I’m not too worried. There’s no need to put my team under the microscope if they’re winning. But it’s obvious that the recent stretch has worn them down. And it’s going to be up to them whether or not it’s going to stay that way or change.

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  1. eagles512 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Not an Irish fan but being down big at Pitt and coming back for a win going away is not worrisome

    • David Harten - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      Won’t disagree there. But this is a Pitt team that’s worn down after this stretch. And given the last few games, they’ve been struggling to win. Not saying they’re doomed by any means, just something to watch out for.

  2. critter69 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Maybe Mr. Harten needs a much better text editor when Mr. Harten posts jibberish?

    “don’t discount allow” ??

    “Notre Dame a better offensive team” ??

    “has worn then down.” ??

    Add in several incorrect usages (or non-usages) of proper punctuation.

    Mr. Harten? Did you fail to pay attention in grammar class? Do you not know that when communicatig with people, one should at least attempt to use proper grammar, and if it’s written communication, it should be reviewed?

    And don’t give me the failed excuse of ‘it’s only the Internet.’ I’m sure if that’s your excuse, many of us will take that into account and even further discount any- and everything you write at this Internet site. Oh, and I’m sure your contributions are completely without payment? After all, it’s only the Internet, so why bother to try to communicate in proper grammar so people can understand what you are attempting to state.

    Disclosure – I am not a fan of Notre Dame, but another couple of college teams in Indiana, one Division I and one Division III.

    • David Harten - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      I need to be held accountable. So, no I won’t make any post about this being “just the Internet”. I appreciate your concern, and for your respectful tone of calling me “Mr. Harten”. I went back and edited the article. Thanks for pointing my mistakes out.

      I wrote the article in a hurry. So that’s on me. I own it. I apologize. Lost my original post when my Internet crashed and had to restart.

      If discounting what I say on here has to do with my grammar and punctuation, I’d say that’s a bit skewed. But feel free to discount it, that’s your opinion. Also, I certainly hope you won’t take one article as your sample size for how someone writes.

      Thanks for reading.

    • David Harten - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      I need to be held accountable. So, no I won’t make any post about this being “just the Internet”. I appreciate your concern, and for your respectful tone of calling me “Mr. Harten”. I went back and edited the article. Thanks for pointing my mistakes out.

      I wrote the article in a hurry. So that’s on me. I own it. I apologize. Lost my original post when my Internet crashed and had to restart.

      If discounting what I say on here has to do with my grammar and punctuation, I’d say that’s a bit skewed. But feel free to discount it, that’s your opinion. Also, I certainly hope you won’t take one article as your sample size for how someone writes.

      Thanks for reading.

  3. irishdodger - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    If ND plays to their script under Brey, they will get an NCAA tourney bid only to be ousted in the first or second round by an inferior opponent.

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