Chat Transcript: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie

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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie(02/14/2013) 


[Comment From Bonkers in YonkersBonkers in Yonkers: ]  Tom, I hate to say it, but a good friend of mine left the Louisville game with :50 seconds to go. He always stats to the bitter end but something about Saturday night got under his skin and he bounced. Snaggles is taking it pretty rough, as he should be. I think the proper punishment is to text him whenever the opposing team scores their first point with, "Game's over. You should leave." When is the cutoff date to stop those texts?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:04 Bonkers in Yonkers


[Comment From David in GrangerDavid in Granger: ]  Latest on Martin? Don't you think Auguste should get some more playing time? Knight gives maximum effort but is limited for long spells. He was getting beat off the dribble badly last night.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:07 David in Granger


[Comment From TomTom: ]  What is with Coach Brey's love for Tom Knight? Auguste provides more energy and Sherman showed what he can do in the Louisville game, yet Knight was playing in crunch time last night. What am I missing?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:10 Tom


[Comment From Big Rome- St. Paul, MNBig Rome- St. Paul, MN: ]  I understand the potential downside of playing freshmen early, and Brey's regular season success certainly speaks for itself, but how many years in a row do we have to have a significant player injured, followed by a lengthening of the bench- which leads to a great run. One gets the impression that the team plays its best when more players are forced to contribute- especially in the conference portion of the schedule. Why don't we go deeper into the bench before an injury forces our hand?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:14 Big Rome- St. Paul, MN


[Comment From Snaggles in SBISnaggles in SBI: ]  I literally saw people leaving to try and beat traffic against Rutgers when they were down 1 with like 9 seconds left and had the ball. I feel I am somehow related to those 'dopes' after my early exit debacle. I spent the entire parking lot walk ripping Grant with my buddy before hearing he went off for 12 straight. I watched the remaining 5 OTs at O'Rourkes, I think I should be banned from chat for 1 month minimum
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:17 Snaggles in SBI


[Comment From Leprechaun LegionLeprechaun Legion: ]  I feel great today, with all the rest I got last night. I did hear something about a basketball game being played last night though, huh, wonder how that went.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:18 Leprechaun Legion


[Comment From Scott (Mishawaka)Scott (Mishawaka): ]  Tom, can't chat right now. Thinking about the Bengal Bouts.....Come ooooonnnnnn students!
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:21 Scott (Mishawaka)


[Comment From David in GrangerDavid in Granger: ]  Watch this year be a Sweet 16 year, but something seems to be off with this team. Maybe they will put it all together and peak at the end of the year unlike prior years. I know they are a half game out of first, but this year has been maddeningly inconsistent. Why? Same core group of players plus adding CB, ZA, and GS. Hard for me to believe the loss of Martin had that much of an impact.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:22 David in Granger


[Comment From Brooks Fan-ChicagoBrooks Fan-Chicago: ]  Tom, what is driving me nuts are these long 7, 8 and 10 minute periods without scoring. Every game has ebbs and flows, but those droughts are really hurting. How is that best addressed? Radio commentary seems to suggest going back to basics and getting Cooley the ball in the blocks.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:25 Brooks Fan-Chicago


[Comment From RobRob: ]  Sorry if it has been asked before, but just how good is Demetrius Jackson. I know how highly he is ranked, but can he really come in and take away playing time from Jackson or Grant?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:27 Rob


12:29[Comment From David in GrangerDavid in Granger : ] Student turnout was stunning--not in a good way.     Thursday February 14, 2013 12:29 
Tom Noie:  The picture says it all.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:29 Tom Noie
[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tommy Terrific, with Brey acknowledging in the ICONN video that he was already thinking of his post-game speech during the end of Louisville regulation, do you think he also starts thinking of post game-dinner plans midway through the second half?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:30 Guest


[Comment From Saint KnuteSaint Knute: ]  The students should be called out. Surprised Brey has been able to hold his tongue this long. Thankfully, they do not have court-side seats like other places. That would make it even more embarrassing. These are your fellow students and they deserve your support no matter who the opponent is
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:30 Saint Knute


[Comment From John ToledoJohn Toledo: ]  I must admit, I watching the Louisville game and turned on the news with 50 seconds left. My son called me when it went to OT and I was like, "Huh"?? I agree with David: This team is sometimes frustrating to watch. It had "it" last year during that BE streak but it seemed to disappear once again in the postseason! What is "it" that ND is missing?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:32 John Toledo


[Comment From GloveND from ATXGloveND from ATX: ]  Tom, if you're jotting down possible Where Are They Now subjects after the annual March Sadness winds up, maybe the 3 man final McLeod recruiting class of Troy Murphy (know what he's up to), David Graves and Harold Swanagan.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:33 GloveND from ATX


[Comment From Bill IndyBill Indy: ]  A pull up jump shot would be a great addition to the games of Grant, Atkins, and Connaughton! No one seems at ease in creating their own shot and so we have little chance when the shot clock runs down..
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:35 Bill Indy


[Comment From Brooks Fan-ChicagoBrooks Fan-Chicago: ]  Tom, I don't want to steal any more thunder from your Saturday story, but another offensive pet peeve of mine is inconsistency in finishing at the basket. Not necessarily limited to this year's squad, I remember bringing it up wiht you a year ago. Just go up and dunk the doggone thing. Seems to be too much finesse, or anticipating contact, which you just can't do down in the Land of the Giants.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:37 Brooks Fan-Chicago


[Comment From Bonkers in YonkersBonkers in Yonkers: ]  Piling on Bill from Indy's comment about the shot clock winding down, why does the offense consistently regress to a stall until :10 seconds then run pick and roll with Grant or Atkins? ND moves the ball so well for most of the game but decides to hold it during the final 6 minutes. Do other players get frustrated with the scheme?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:38 Bonkers in Yonkers


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Has this season played out to your expectations? I was hoping Grant and Cooley would make greater strides this year. Both have been inconsistent. I also thought Biedschied would have more of an impact.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:46 Guest


[Comment From David in GrangerDavid in Granger: ]  I predict an 11-7 finish. Probably a bye in BE tourney. This Providence game is crucial to get to 11-7 as the other road games are exponenetially more difficult.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:50 David in Granger


[Comment From Bill IndyBill Indy: ]  All of these struggles will be forgotten 6 weeks from now after this team has figured it all out and made it to the BE Championship game and reached the sweet 16!! Fans can still dream!?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:51 Bill Indy


[Comment From marcmarc: ]  Tom why no ring of honor this year.Seems like nd would keep that rolling.Also can't nd do more to get people and students to the game.This is the 2nd best team in the country at home.It's really sad for the team and coach Brey.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:53 marc


[Comment From DavidDavid: ]  Agree that Cooley has been very good but even he has had his down games. He allowed the UConn center to look like an All American. And he was MIA against St. John's. Losing that St. John's game was a killer.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 12:58 David


[Comment From DavidDavid: ]  Does Digger Phelps belong in the Ring of Honor?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:03 David


[Comment From PhilPhil: ]  In games coming down to the last offensive possession does Mike Brey set up a play or give the players a plan of attack? Pretty much in every situation for the last couple years when it comes down to the last possession, someone dribbles at the top of the key until the clock is at about 5 seconds and ends up chucking up a prayer.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:06 Phil


[Comment From Robb, ColoradoRobb, Colorado: ]  There has to be something really going on that the students, and many other fans, stay away from games like last night. Do you feel there is a disconnect of some type between coach, fans, players, students, etc.? It has to be more than just playing DePaul on a Wednesday night. I understand that ND is really a football school, but does Duke have problems with attendance at their football games? There just seems to be something missing in terms of how all of these parties come together.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:08 Robb, Colorado


[Comment From DavidDavid: ]  how can we make the regular season relevant in college basketball? So much emphasis on March that there is no urgency for most regular season games. Plus most of November and December is cupcake city. Cut back the tourney to 32 teams? Not going to happen, but the status quo isn't working.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:12 David


[Comment From MattMatt: ]  I was definitely disappointed with the University in their scheduling of events. Me and my roommates attend every home basketball game, but three of them were fighting in Bengal Bouts, so our attention had to be taken from the game. Last night's student support was pretty pathetic, but I do believe it's an aberration. Hopefully the University will learn from this mistake and not make it in the future. But I do give Coach credit for finally calling the student body out, hopefully I will finally see more of my classmates attending games.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:14 Matt


[Comment From JTJT: ]  Do you think in the world of everyone wanted to play as Fr. Brey hurts himself in recruiting since he usually only goes 7 deep? I think it does. You can get that 8th or even that 9th man a minute or two in the first half. As we have seen you may catch lighting in a bottle. Especially in non-conf. game.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:15 JT


[Comment From DavidDavid: ]  I agree on Digger but wonder why he isn't in already. He meant so much to the program and he still gives the program free publicity. This should happen soon while he is still alive.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:17 David


[Comment From Slide_PieceSlide_Piece: ]  In my bedroom I have a white board where I plan out future year lineups for ND hoops. How shall I slate DJ, EA, and J. Grant for next season? I can't envision DJ doing the "Brey freshman thing" where they sit out an entire season. Thoughts?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:17 Slide_Piece


[Comment From JohnJohn: ]  What is your honest prediction on how the season ends and what our seed will be in the Big East tourney?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:19 John


[Comment From Adrian, DCAdrian, DC: ]  Love/hate relationship with Tom Knight. He had some decent games a few weeks ago but he has not done much in the big games. I understand Auguste makes some frosh mistakes but I would rather deal with that than watch Knight on the floor. It would be interesting to see what Auguste would do if he started and played for long stretches.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:20 Adrian, DC


[Comment From JTJT: ]  Robb, I think it starts at the top. Being in athletics myself, I cannot tell you how bad it looks to see the cheerleaders slow walk in a couple minutes before the game starts. I know it is a little thing and it is cheerleaders but it tells you what is thought about basketball. Tough to do all those old cheers we love we the leaders of the cheers don't care. Tom your thoughts on it from top down?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:21 JT


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  I was in the stands with about 1:00 left in the Louisville game (and coat in hand, but I stayed) explaining to my wife about how Jerian Grant is the missing piece to our puzzle and if we are going to beat good teams he has to be the guy that gets major points, and something just seems to be missing with him when BAM! I was sure the light went on right there. But then DePaul he's right back to tentative mediocrity. I mean, he only took 11 shots each of the two games in 40 minutes of play. He's the only guy we've got who can get his own shot whenever he wants, but defers way too much. I also think the previous post about taking mid-range jumpers was spot on. Tom Knight is the only guy who will take a 12-footer (EA occasionally). I guess this isn't really a question, just a rant.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:25 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From ralph, glencoe, ILralph, glencoe, IL: ]  Has Mike Brey mentioned that he wishes they had done a better job scheduling the non-conference schedule this year? In most of the RPI rankings I have seen lately, their strength of schedule is still pretty low, even 12 games into the Big East, and much lower than teams around them in the Big East standings. Maybe it is just an anomaly year where teams like Purdue were much weaker than normal, but shouldn't they know those sorts of things while scheduling and make a better schedule?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:26 ralph, glencoe, IL


[Comment From Robb, ColoradoRobb, Colorado: ]  There just seems to be something missing between ND basketball and the students plus the local community. What is Brey's relationship with both parties? I know it can be frustrating for Brey, the players, you, but there just seems to be something organically wrong on campus that the students don't come out and support this and previous teams. I certainly don't have any theories, but something is terribly wrong and to blame the students for not caring isn't necessarily the only option.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:31 Robb, Colorado


[Comment From Saint KnuteSaint Knute: ]  And the students will not stay up late to watch.....
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:34 Saint Knute
Tom Noie:  Nope
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:34 Tom Noie
[Comment From JimJim: ]  As you travel around the BE can you share some of your observations ? I'm talking about similarities and differences between other programs and ND, for instance. I know you're in and out of cities quickly but you can notice things pre and post games etc
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:34 Jim


[Comment From Adrian, DCAdrian, DC: ]  I don't think Notre Dame is alone in its problems getting kids to games. Sure some schools always do well -- like Indiana, Duke, etc. - but I see a lot of empty seats when I watch hoops games on TV, which is part of the problem, games are always on TV. Why bother with the traffic, cold weather, bathroom lines?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:37 Adrian, DC


[Comment From ralph, glencoe, ILralph, glencoe, IL: ]  I will rant then. This team is better when it attacks instead of running the burn. The burn was awesome a few years ago when Harangody got hurt and I give MB a ton of credit for reinventing the team so quickly and continuing to win. I think he needs to reinvent right now and go back to a running, scoring offense (get the D-rebound and go!) and let Jerian Grant and Zach Auguste loose. I think Jerian Grant is lost because this offense does not suit his game. Your thoughts.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:39 ralph, glencoe, IL


[Comment From Matt, South BendMatt, South Bend: ]  An actual question this time, but it seemed like last night ND was playing aggressively offensively in the first half and actively searching for shots (which is indicated by them scoring 43 points). But then in the second half it seemed like they got complacent and were content letting the shot clock wind down and having to force bad shots. I feel like that style of play has almost lost the Irish two games against DePaul and did lose the game against UConn and St Johns. Is that by design or is it just the team getting complacent (or a combination of both)?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:40 Matt, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  I do agree with the convenience factor. How many more people would have been there had the game NOT been televised?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:42 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Gene in NYGene in NY: ]  Tom - great job and great coverage. Exciting week, but some serious concerns remain. Three things continue to occur with alarming frequency and they all seem preventable: 1) horrid free throw shooting (particularly the guards), 2) driving to the basket out of control or jumping in the air with no gameplan leading to turnover, and the most confounding 3) running the burn and never getting a shot off! Am I being too critical? If not, what should be done to turn it around?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 1:52 Gene in NY


[Comment From GloveND from ATXGloveND from ATX: ]  Tom, when you buy your airline ticket for the first round of the NCAAs, do you generally book expecting a first round loss and change the itinerary if they win or do you book assuming they might make it to the weekend and then peak at what flights are available for a standby flight back to SBI on Thurs/Fri?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:02 GloveND from ATX


[Comment From JohnJohn: ]  Does it ever appear to you, as it does me, that the officials sometimes are inclined to call fouls on minor hand slaps in the back court while looking the other way at times on pushing and shoving under the bucket.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:06 John


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Why is ND struggling so much defensively this year? Not that stats are authoritative answers, but they are 179th in adjusted defense.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:08 Guest


[Comment From Bonkers in YonkersBonkers in Yonkers: ]  Snaggles excuse was brutal. You're getting soft in your medium age. TOUGHEN UP TOM!
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:09 Bonkers in Yonkers


[Comment From JackJack: ]  Mike Brey is on track to become the all time winning coach in ND basketball history. 115 wins needed. Maybe in five years??
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:10 Jack


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  I do know it's a factor in my planning. I split season tix with a friend and didn't have last night's game. If it's not on TV, I probably make an effort to get there. Maybe ND needs to try a different kind of blackout.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:12 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From ralph, glencoe, ILralph, glencoe, IL: ]  In reading the discussions on why the students don't show up, the word culture came to mind. Digger started a great basketball culture on campus and in the community in the 70's, but when things went south in the 80's and 90's, it went away. To your point Tom, until the athletic administration decides men's basketball is more important, the students won't change. This team is good enough that it deserves more support, but the culture change has to start with the athletic administration.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:13 ralph, glencoe, IL


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Maybe if they scheduled a game at CJ's or Finny's, the students (with ID) would show up?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:13 Guest


[Comment From john from njjohn from nj: ]  Tom - Thanks for the chats. Someone asked about Duke football attendance. It's much worse. Not many students go, and they always leave early, doesn't matter waht the score is. However, Duke football is nowhere near as good as ND hoops. My question: Is something wrong with Atkins? I thought he looked bad on Saturday (obviously the FT shooting), and wasn't very involved last night. By the way, I was at Saturday's game. What a great decision that was. Unbelievable game!
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:13 john from nj


[Comment From AnitaAnita: ]  I was happy to hear Mike Brey call out the students in his post game comments last night. They weren't the only problem, though. The non-student fans didn't show up, either. Maybe the team AND the fans were still had a basketball hangover from Saturday, but that's still not an excuse. I've heard students complain about a raise in ticket prices. Well, a friend of mine picked up two ND/MU tickets for me for the March 2nd game, and I now owe her $70! My JACC tickets are less than half that amount. So, using cost as an excuse is lame, when the Bradley Center is obviously a lot worse. (But you CAN buy a beer there....for $7 or $8)
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:15 Anita


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Hey Tom, Did you get overtime pay for L-Ville? Hahaha, fun game to watch. Back to reality, How close was Coach Brey to burning Joey Brooks' Red Shirt late Saturday out of necessity.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:16 Illinois Fool


[Comment From john from njjohn from nj: ]  I think the ND Admissions needs to start helping out. Any applicant who mentions basketball in his/her "Why ND" essay should get special consideration for admission, especially before we join the ACC. Like you said, those are serious campus venues, not like Seton Hall at the Prudential Center.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:17 john from nj


[Comment From Norm from the BistroNorm from the Bistro: ]  Did Brey express any regret about playing Patty C for all those minutes against Louisville with a sprained ankle? I know it turned out okay that night and he looked fine against DePaul, but that seems like the type of choice that would keep a coach up at night.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:18 Norm from the Bistro


[Comment From Dave in Scranton PaDave in Scranton Pa: ]  Tom, first time sending you a question, love these chats? Biedschied and Auguste seem to be getting more comfortable, but they still have hiccups like 2 turnovers each last night, which pretty much got them both on the bench for most of the duration. I believe our best 5 at least as far as upside, right now is Atkins, Grant, Biedschied, Auguste and Colley with Pat C as 6th man. I dont see Biedschied overtaking PC for the starting job at 3 although their minutes are being split more, but I would like to see Auguste start at the 4 eventually, especially with Knight starting to struggle a bit offensively. Thoughts?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:19 Dave in Scranton Pa


[Comment From ralph, glencoe, ILralph, glencoe, IL: ]  Does Jack Swarbrick see any of the men's basketball attendance anomalies as a problem? Do you or any other people have the opportunity to ask that? What does he say if he has been asked?
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:21 ralph, glencoe, IL


[Comment From Adrian, DCAdrian, DC: ]  Im confused. Do students have to buy tix? At most schools, the tix are part of an activity fee and are therefore free. So when you have a big game, they line up or camp out for the free tix. Do they have to pay at ND? If so, then that is a problem.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:23 Adrian, DC


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  This is conjecture, but as I understand it, it used to be a season ticket, but has since gone to individual game charges, which may explain why only the big games see a full house.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:29 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Adrian, DCAdrian, DC: ]  Right but kids are fickle. I also understand it is not free if it is part of an activity fee. Still to the student is is perceived as free. I believe all ACC schools go on the activity fee plan. Knowing most college kids, they aint paying $7 if the game is on TV unless it is a huge freakin game. Two games left --pick up the check Jack! Free tix for students!
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:29 Adrian, DC
[Comment From Matt, South BendMatt, South Bend: ]  Students have to buy tickets, and it's $70 for the season, or $5 per game or so.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:29 Matt, South Bend
[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Crazy question that came to me. In the spirit of the NBA All Star Weekend upon us, which Irish player would fair the best in a dunk contest? My guess Auguste as he seems the most athletic of the big guys.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:37 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Dave in Scranton PaDave in Scranton Pa: ]  Agreed, Pat C is a key cog and he needs to get 25-30 most nights. Back to a topic earlier, and I know this is kind of a sore spot with you, I dont like Grant and Atkins ( especially Atkins) getting 38-40 minutes a night. I think next year when we have DJ, you can play Atkins and Grant 30-32 a night and those guys will both be better for it and DJ probably will barely be a dropoff in production.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:39 Dave in Scranton Pa


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  You think it's bad now, wait till next year with UCF, etc on the schedule. Although maybe Demetrius will give the non-student sections a boost.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:40 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From ralph, glencoe, ILralph, glencoe, IL: ]  I am just going to purge all my thoughts today Tom! A big thank you for doing this to allow us more information on program. The biggest mistake the administration made in terms of men's basketball was contracting the size of the arena and charging more to cover the cost of lost seats. To Anita's comments, the cost in South Bend to see a game isn't bad, but, for me, I loved traveling into town with my entire family to a game each year. They essentially doubled that cost when they contracted and it costs me over $100 to bring my family to one game (to sit in the worst seats in the house no less). It used to be a little more than half that (which was much more palatable). For me, the contraction was also the administration saying we are not even going to try and grow this program, speaking again back to the culture. Poor, poor move in my mind.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:41 ralph, glencoe, IL


[Comment From john from njjohn from nj: ]  True story from Sat. night. We were sitting in the last row. Jack Swarbrick and his wife (plus Manti and football players) were sitting right above us (club level?). Jack and wife left their seats with 1 min. to go. I don't know whether they left the arena.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:42 john from nj


[Comment From Adrian, DCAdrian, DC: ]  Prediction? The Catholic schools defect after this year to go the CYO route and Notre Dame winds up leaving early.
  Thursday February 14, 2013 2:46 Adrian, DC