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  1. Knight Plays In Motherland

    Jul 30, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Before Tom Knight’s final season at Notre Dame begins this fall, he took a trip to Estonia as a member of the East Coast All-Stars for the Four Nations Cup. “It was a great opportunity to travel overseas and see what shape my game was in” said Knight. “I played pretty well while over in…

  2. Meeting V.J. Beachem

    Jul 30, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team welcomes four freshman to the mix this upcoming season; Austin Torres, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Demetrius Jackson. In addition to a sit down ‘getting to know’ video, each student-athlete took a few minutes to chat with me about their summer, coming to Notre Dame and some…

  3. Meeting Steve Vasturia

    Jul 25, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team welcomes four freshman to the mix this upcoming season; Austin Torres, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Demetrius Jackson. In addition to a sit down ‘getting to know’ video, each student-athlete took a few minutes to chat with me about their summer, coming to Notre Dame and some…

  4. Meeting Austin Torres

    Jul 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team welcomes four freshman to the mix this upcoming season; Austin Torres, Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Demetrius Jackson. In addition to a sit down ‘getting to know’ video, each student-athlete took a few minutes to chat with me about their summer, coming to Notre Dame and some…

  5. Coach Brey And The ACC Mascots…

    Jul 8, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    This is an amusing story that was sent to me this past week from an administrator within the Notre Dame Athletics Department. After ensuring it wasn’t embargoed for any reason, I couldn’t help but share it with everyone. Here is a real e-mail from head men’s basketball coach Mike Brey that was forwarded to me:…

  6. Connecting With Old ACC Memories

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Notre Dame began their ACC tenure on July 1, 2013 after an 18-year relationship with the BIG EAST that dates back to 1995. (I would like to thank Notre Dame Media Relations, Fighting Irish Digital Media and the Associated Press for contributing to this piece) Inside the athletics lore…

  7. Playing For The Stars And Stripes

    Jun 25, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant’s dream about playing for their country isn’t such a dream anymore as they have been invited to potentially participate in this summer’s World University Games. Right now, they are in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the United States Basketball Training Camp, trying to make the squad and have the opportunity to…

  8. June 11, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    In an attempt to keep all of you Fighting Irish fans in the loop, one of my first orders of business as the new @NDSportsBlogger will be to provide you a morning recap of what stories you may have missed the previous few 24 hours. On we’re off! (Or as the kids say, #RiseAndGrind) 1. Lets start…

  9. Hearts Start Racing

    Apr 25, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Around this time last year, I had a minor heart attack. I’m sure many soon-to-be college grads across the nation experience some form of a panic attack in the days leading up to their commencement ceremonies, but few probably do because their dad doesn’t want to come to the ceremony itself. Now granted my dad…

  10. Know Your Enemy: The Connecticut Huskies

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:15 AM EDT

    A quick look back at how we got here: As the only one seed that didn’t host in the first round, the Irish didn’t have home court advantage to start the tournament as Stanford, Connecticut and Baylor did. Instead. the Irish flew to Iowa City to kick off the long dance, easily dispatching 16 seed…

  11. Natalie Achonwa Breaks the ND Double-Double Record

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Junior forward Natalie Achonwa (Ace) made her way into the starting lineup this year, and she came away with a new school record for double-doubles in a single season. With the graduation of Devereaux Peters, she had a big role to play on the court, and she made sure to approach that position with all…

  12. Know Your Enemy: The Duke Blue Devils

    Apr 2, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Coach McGraw’s team woke up Monday morning to find themselves in a new era of women’s basketball. What we’ll call “The Post Baylor Post Player Period,” which can be abbreviated “A.B.” for “After Brittney.” It’s unclear wether the Irish watched Louisville’s epic upset for the ages against the prohibitively favored Baylor Lady Bears. Junior Natalie…

  13. Know Your Enemy: The Kansas Jayhawks

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

    Logo of the Kansas Jayhawks

    Notre Dame’s Women’s Basketball squad had to leave their comfort zone to punch their ticket to the regional finals, but they took that challenge in stride: efficiently dispatching 16 seed Tennessee-Martin and 9 seed hometown favorite Iowa earlier this week to earn the right to play in Sunday’s Sweet Sixteen here in Norfolk. The Irish…

  14. Know Your Enemy: The Iowa Hawkeyes

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    “Know your enemy” – Zach De La Rocha The Irish’s offensive dominance in dispatching Tennessee-Martin Sunday evening was almost subtle. You didn’t get the sense when watching the first half (at least) that the Skyhawks were particularly over-matched, in fact they hung with Notre Dame for the first fifteen minutes or so. Then the Irish…

  15. Monday Presser Update

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

    Notre Dame advanced into the second round of the Tournament Sunday night by beating the 16 seed Tennessee Martin. The Irish’s reward will be essentially a road game against the hometown favorite and 9 seed Iowa Hawkeyes tomorrow night. This morning, head coach Muffett McGraw and players Natalie Achonwa and Jewell Loyd met with the…

  16. A Freshman Perspective

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame freshman Jewell Loyd has been more than a true freshman player during her first season on the Irish squad. She has the “ability to not play like a freshman,” stated one of the ESPN announcers during Notre Dame’s first game of the NCAA Tournament in which Jewell was a starter. She has seen…

  17. The Irish Move Past the Skyhawks and on to the Hawkeyes

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    The number one-seeded Notre Dame women faced off for the first time against the sixteen-seeded University of Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Even though the two teams had never met on the court before, UT-Martin feared that they were mismatched both in height and style of play before the…

  18. Rolling

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    There was a point in the first half of Notre Dame’s First Round NCAA game on Sunday when I started to get nervous. This was a 1 seed/16 seed matchup after all, and in the history of both the women’s and men’s tournament, only the 1998 Harvard Women’s squad has ever beaten a 1 seed.…

  19. WBB March Madness Round One: #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Take on #16 UT Martin Skyhawks

    Mar 24, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Skylar Diggins and the Fighting Irish (31-1, 16-0 BIG EAST) kick off their tournament play Sunday night at 5:05pm at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA against Tennessee-Martin (19-14, 11-5 OVC), looking to win the elusive last game of the season. Notre Dame has lost in the championship the past two years–to Texas A&M in 2011, and last…

  20. Know Your Enemy: The UT Martin Skyhawks

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Happy Sunday morning to Irish fans everywhere. As you all know, it’s game day here in the Hawkeye State where the Irish woke up to overcast skies and snow flurries (any concern we may have had about conditions outside the arena being unlike South Bend conditions can be put to rest). Later this morning the…

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