Not So Fighting Irish: ND Drops 5th Straight Game

Jon WyhopCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2009

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Men's basketball team has been everything but hot lately. Coming into last week with the largest active home winning streak and the longest home winning streak at home vs. Big East teams was snapped by the Huskies of UConn. That was just the start to their rough games ahead.

They went from winning around 43 home games straight to losing two in a row at home, and after today a total of five overall, and it probably wont end there with No. 16 UCLA and No. 7 Louisville yet to come on the schedule. This whole losing streak started with a loss at Louisville in OT.

The Irish have tried everything they can to win, they have changed their starting lineup to try and get some players rest and refocused. They also have changed their game plan, not basing it all around getting it in to Luke Harangody. In their loss to Pitt on Saturday they looked like they were just going to sweep the floor with them getting out to a 20-10 lead early. Luke Zeller, the McDonald's All-american started off hot hitting his first four three-pointers and the team hitting 11 of 24 in the first half. They then came out in the second half and didn't shoot one three pointer in the first 12 minutes.

The Irish came into the season as the No. 9 team in the country and showed it early getting to the finals in the Maui Invitation beating Texas to get there but then getting smoked by the number one team at the time the Tar Heels of North Carolina. They then continued a steady streak and getting to 12-3 record and ranked No. 13. Now they are 12-8 and most likely will not be ranked after the weekend.

So what does Notre Dame have to do to get back to its winning ways? Well no one can really answer that, so in my opinion they should just switch to a smaller conference although that will never happen so they will just have to push through and hope for a chance at the NCAA tourney.