Big East Tournament: Reasons Why the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Win It All
The Big East is arguably the best conference in college basketball. With this said, it is very hard to predict who will win the six day Big East Tournament.
I believe Notre Dame Fighting Irish are going to take the tournament.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have proved all year that they are not only a contender in the Big East, but they are one of the best teams in the nation.
They have managed to have an astonishing record of 25-5 overall and a 14-4 record in the most difficult conference in the nation.
With these accomplishments, Notre Dame is ranked fourth in the nation and they are going to win the Big East Tournament. Here is why.
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Notre Dame is lethal behind the arc. The Fighting Irish are capable of getting back into games if they fall behind, and they are also capable of knocking teams out of games with their three-point shooting.
The Irish have two very good three-point shooters in Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis. These two average more than 40 percent from downtown.
If not covered, Ben and Tim will make a team pay every time.
The Fighting Irish managed to sink 20 three-pointers against Villanova earlier in the year, and are capable of doing so on any given night.
Well Rounded Scoring Team
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The Fighting Irish have a very well rounded scoring team. Their top three players average more than ten points per game and their other two starters are just under that mark.
However, Notre Dame does have two elite scorers in Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis. Ben averages 18.5 ppg and Tim puts up 15.2 ppg.
Tough Schedule All Year
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Being in the Big East guarantees a tough schedule. However, the Fighting Irish have put together a tough out-of-conference schedule as well.
Notre Dame scheduled Kentucky, Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Georgia, a pretty tough group considering the strength of the Big East. All of these teams are very capable of making the NCAA Tournament, and they all probably will, except for Georgia, who needs to go far in the SEC Tournament.
The Fighting Irish have played everyone in the Big East and have beat all of the big names except for Syracuse.
Most remarkably, the Irish beat Pittsburgh on their own court earlier this year.
The Irish have proved all year that they are a top five team in all of college basketball. They have had a very tough schedule and have still managed to win most of their games.