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N.C. State upends Notre Dame in South Bend

Jan 8, 2014, 1:07 AM EDT

Eric Atkins,Tyler Lewis

Remember all that goodwill that Notre Dame curried when they were able to knock off then-No. 7 Duke in South Bend?

Remember how we were all like, ‘Hey, maybe we need to take the Irish seriously without Jerian Grant’?

Well, it may still end up being true, but Tuesday night’s performance isn’t promising.

The Irish lost to the Wolfpack, 77-70, on a night where they held T.J. Warren to 6-for-17 shooting and they got a combined 50 points from Garrick Sherman, Pat Connaughton and Eric Atkins.

That’s not a good sign for Mike Brey’s club.

It is good for Mark Gottfried and the Wolfpack, however. While Notre Dame was busy beating the Blue Devils on Saturday, N.C. State was in the midst of blowing a 15 point lead and losing by 12 to Pitt. At home. The Wolfpack have certainly had better days.

What’s becoming clear is that the jumbled mess in the middle of the ACC isn’t going to be easy to figure out. Notre Dame, Pitt, N.C. State, Virginia, Florida State. I’m not sure anyone knows how that will shake out, and what’s worse is that it looks like North Carolina, and maybe even Duke, could end up finding their way into that group if the Tobacco Road rivals don’t find a way to right the ship.

Remember when people were talking about the ACC being the best conference of all-time?

Seems pretty silly now, doesn’t it?

  1. shockertalk - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    ACC the best conference of all time? Yeah, that seems silly now, especially when you look at the numbers, to wit:
    The ACC has 2 of its 15 teams ranked.
    The Big 10 has 5 of its 12 teams ranked.
    The Big 12 has 5 of its 10 teams ranked.

  2. whoisrdymlz - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    This is going to be the ACC. When the best teams in college basketball play each other, they’ll take more losses over the course of a season.

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