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 Live Chat: Talk Notre Dame basketball with Tom Noie(02/21/2013) 


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  Why is it that some of the Bubble Watches have ND with "work left to do"....
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:00 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  True it made me ask the question I suppose. Thanks.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:06 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  Anything Coach Brey can do to get Pat C more assertive and aggressive with the ball? Or has he tried already? I'll just keep asking questions until someone else gets in here....
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:07 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  I'm just sick of being here in Indy and ALL I hear about is IU....I don't think the newspaper and tv stations know that Butler and ND are also pretty good and in-state.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:10 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Jim, NYCJim, NYC: ]  What questions concerning ND BB have never been fully answered to your satisfaction, if any?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:10 Jim, NYC


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  I love watching Pat play, he ripped down some huge rebounds in the last 4 minutes of the half against Pitt...very impressive.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:13 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Bill, OhioBill, Ohio: ]  Can you give me your thoughts on Garrick Sherman? Why so little playing time until the Louisville OT?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:20 Bill, Ohio


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Can we please get Jerian Grant to be assertive and hunt his shot ALL THE TIME? We won't beat anybody good unless he's the key piece, as proven by the Louisville and Pitt games. I'm not suggesting Russdiculousness, but he needs to hoist up 15 to 17 shots a night if we're going anywhere in BE tourney or NCAA's.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:24 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Jim B.Jim B.: ]  Tom, I went to the SU-Providence game last night. How in the world did ND lose to Providence by double digits? The Friars were AWFUL last night.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:30 Jim B.


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  With Scott Martin about ready to practice again, how much can he help the Irish if fully healthy (I know a big if)? Also if Martin returns will Coach Brey stick with a 7 or 8 man rotation or extend his bench to protect Martin?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:33 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Ed.GreensboroEd.Greensboro: ]  Let's face it-if PITT had shot better, we would have lost.Why does ths team shoot so poorly for long periods of time?What is Brey doing to address this? I can't see us going far in the tournament shooting like we do.your thoughts,thanks!
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:35 Ed.Greensboro


[Comment From Tim NYCityTim NYCity: ]  How does Cooley do it, so often and consistently, as I watch him get beat up by other bigs and double teams; and where does that toughness come from. From what I learn about "Glenview, IL," it seems like a town of privileged kids without many streetwise black toppers to compete against. And do you think he can keep it together for tourney time?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:38 Tim NYCity


[Comment From Brian B - IndyBrian B - Indy: ]  3-1 finish down the stretch seem reasonable? And can we all go to Vegas and put money on the ND/Louisville game going to OT?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:40 Brian B - Indy


[Comment From Saint KnuteSaint Knute: ]  is there something in the water in PA when the irish play there around the end of February? Villanova last year and now Pitt. whatever it is, we need some for the big dance...
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:41 Saint Knute


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Next time you talk to Jerian, please tell him Paul asked him to shoot more. He needs to take 4 or 5 of those 26 foot 3's a game, because a) he makes some and b) it loosens up the defense for his drives (and others too). Have you noticed that his misses are almost always back rim, which can lead to long rebounds and extra possessions?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:43 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Going back to the Garrick Sherman question, I think his playing time is limited because he's a defensive liability. Count how many possessions when he's in there before somebody gets a layup - bet you won't have to use two hands. Also not a very willing rebounder.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:44 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Very true, he plays too far below the rim for a 6'10" guy.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:49 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  I'll just keep chatting until somebody else steps up. Awhile back we discussed EA and we both agreed he was the team MVP in through mid-January. Do you still feel that way? I do, watch how lost they look sometimes when he's not in there.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:52 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From TJ from VTTJ from VT: ]  Tom, have you talked to Sherman? What is your impression of the guy....I thought that he had good skills early in the year and then he just looked flat. I agree that he needs to JAM the ball in the hole when he is that close. Is it a confidence thing or a "hops" thing?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:54 TJ from VT


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  I have heard that the Peterson Event Center is a great place for basketball. Is it owned by the University or the City of Pittsburgh
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:56 Guest


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  You mentioned last week that Bidscheid had never lifted a weight before coming to N.D. .So, what kind of strength and conditioning program do the Irish have? Do they have a traning table?How long did it take you to steal Brey's stache of mock turtles?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 12:58 Guest


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Couldn't go wrong with JG or even Cooley. But a casual watcher wouldn't really notice EA throughout that Pitt game. But then you look at the game-end stats and see 10 points, 7 assists, 2 TO's. Do a poll of head coaches and see how many would take that from your point guard in 39 minutes.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:00 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Ed,GreensboroEd,Greensboro: ]  sorry I sent the same message twice.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:02 Ed,Greensboro


[Comment From John, Bowling GreenJohn, Bowling Green: ]  Tom, The Burn Offense: here to stay or brought out to bedevil Pitt?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:06 John, Bowling Green


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  It is my feeling that to make any sort of run in the NCAA's, ND needs at least one win in the BE Tourney. If true would it hurt the Irish to have a top 4 finish and a double bye. I would rather get the single bye and get an easier win and take my chances in the quarters. Any thoughts?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:08 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Do you foresee much 3-guard lineup next year? Hard to believe you won't be able to count EA, JG and Demetrius among the top 5 players on that roster next year, but would likely leave a serious rebounding issue. That would leave a whole bunch of 6'8" guys on the pine.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:10 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Rob (Boston)Rob (Boston): ]  Do you think we can go 3-1 and earn a double-bye, or do we have to go 4-0?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:16 Rob (Boston)


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Two words for Biedshied - push-ups. He looks really gifted but gets pushed around and seems to rush his shots if he doesn't get one in the flow right away. Typical freshman, I guess.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:19 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Speaking of Demetrius, he looks pretty bulked up for a high-school kid. I haven't seen him play, can he stroke the outside shot or does he get most of his points driving at the rim just being a better athlete?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:20 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Do you think Demetrius' presence will boost attendance among the locals? Or will it be the same-old lethargy?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:24 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From John, Bowling GreenJohn, Bowling Green: ]  I agree. Let's worry about the big dance, not BE tourney. But, I am going to still have fun following the next few games "on the road" to the tourney. That is what makes March so fun - It is a crapshoot to predict which teams will fall and which will go on an extended run. It would seem though that ND is really overdue to catch some breaks and make runs in both NCAA and BE!
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:26 John, Bowling Green


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Brackets, betting boards, and bottles of beer. Bring it on, baby!
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:29 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From GuestGuest: ]  Tom,it doesn't seem like there are many teams in the big East that compare favorably to IU in terms of their fast style of play and ability to score the basketball. Its not inconceivable that an 8th seeded Irish team would have to play them in the second round. How do you think the Irish would match up given the slow style of play in the bigeast this year?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:38 Guest


[Comment From Irish EvanIrish Evan: ]  I would like to see the team fake a "burn offense" once in awhile and shoot early when the defense is lulled. They're too predictable at times.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:44 Irish Evan


[Comment From Brian SBrian S: ]  How much does the selection committee factor in blow out losses against non-tourny teams in the seeding process? Will the fact that ND got blown out by Providence have any impact on their seeding? Or does the win at Pitt erase the damage done by that loss?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:49 Brian S


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  Is there any way for Brey to get a message through to Grant when he is making horrible decisions? I understand it is the nature of the beast for him to take risks and sometimes it works out ala Louisville. But I feel like at times he wastes numerous possessions with his bad shots and shots out of rhythym with the offense. How do we get his head screwed on straight?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 1:56 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  With only 1 game from last Monday thru Saturday, March 2nd what do you feel is the most important thing for the Irish to work on? Rebounding would be my #1.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:02 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  What type of team is the biggest matchup nightmare for ND in the NCAA tourney? I would lean more towards a team with big and athletic frontcourt players (Thabeet, Monroe, Drummond flashbacks). I think Grant and Atkins would hold up better against Trey Burke and Oladipo types than our bigs would handle the likes of Cody Zeller.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:04 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  Hmmm...the chances for a top four finish for ND may not be all that remote if they can go 3-1. Just peeked at Syracuse schedule the rest of the way....Georgetown twice, @ Marquette, Louisville. Marquette - SYR / ND home, RUT, SJU VIL away
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:05 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  Fair enough, Oladipo is scary athletic.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:06 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Paul, South BendPaul, South Bend: ]  To finish the thought....Gtown - SYR twice, @UConn @ VIL, Rutgers home. Lastly, Louisville looks like the only lock with 3 easy games out of 5
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:08 Paul, South Bend


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  Where would you see Notre Dame fitting in the ACC pecking order this year (understanding it will look different when we finally get there)? I think we would have a good shot at being third behind Duke and Miami. Although the sheer talent of UNC and NC State would scare me even if the teams have underperormed.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:12 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  Better shot of ND basketball team winning their next 13 games (assuming BE double bye) and winning the title or ND football team doing the same next year? Football has to be strong favorite, right? This post is pretty silly come to think of it.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:19 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Jeff from Schererville IndianaJeff from Schererville Indiana: ]  Tom, have you heard any more rumblings about the makeup of ACC when the dust settles? I've heard maybe UVa, GT and UNC to the Big Ten, and the SEC or Big 12 might gobble up a couple of the leftovers, but I don't think all ACC schools would go to existing conferences.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:21 Jeff from Schererville Indiana


[Comment From Jeff from Schererville IndianaJeff from Schererville Indiana: ]  I agree, and you would think 16 would be the max # of teams in any league. Otherwise it would get too unwieldy and teams in the same conference would never play each other. As an ND alum and big Duke fan, I'm excited about the ACC, but at the same time I like ND sticking with the Catholic 7 even though I know that's not going to happen because it would leave football high and dry.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:24 Jeff from Schererville Indiana


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Saw the Irish Hockey team play outside in Chicago last weekend. Would the BBall team do something similar and if so where would you like to see them play? Personally I'm not so certain about the Aircraft Carrier games but might want to see an early season outdoor game somewhere warm like the LA Coliseum before an ND-USC Football game.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:25 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Jeff from Schererville IndianaJeff from Schererville Indiana: ]  could you expound a bit on how the catholic 7 might hurt women's hoops and olympic sports? depaul, marquette, villanova, st. john's and georgetown have had their moments, and women's bb could still play uconn, rutgers and the same non-conf teams they do now.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:39 Jeff from Schererville Indiana


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  I am pretty happy being slotted in around a 6 seed right now. I don't have the stats handy but I think 6's have historically done better at reaching the 2nd round and maybe even Sweet 16 than 5's. Probably take it over a 4 as well, love avoiding that 1 seed until the Elite 8. Of course when we were a #2 seed I had all of these fantasies planned out in my head, just win baby.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:40 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Jeff from Schererville IndianaJeff from Schererville Indiana: ]  i gotcha, it would be like the old days of the mcc when i was in school there!
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:41 Jeff from Schererville Indiana


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  I don't understand the ND attendance problem at bball games. Growing up in South Bend, I loved catching the games with my Dad. Parking was easy and free, traffic was relatively light for a sporting event and the team routinely won (we are talking primarily Brey era). Maybe it's all the other hip alternative activities in South Bend? LOL.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:45 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  I love the idea of going to the ACC especially for the new rivalries with schools like Duke and UNC. Still I'll miss some of the old foes. Any chance we'll play a couple in the preseason considering our usual lame preseason schedule?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:49 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Agree with Dre. I too grew up in SB but in those days we weren't in a conference so scheduling was different and we played big time sch
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:51 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Jeff from Schererville IndianaJeff from Schererville Indiana: ]  illinois fool, i can see depaul and marquette still around.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:51 Jeff from Schererville Indiana


[Comment From Dre - HoustonDre - Houston: ]  And I think the crowd will respond. There is enough bad blood between us and Cincy to warrant it. But then when the Johnnies come to town I expect another mediocre turnout. Just start serving Barnaby's pizza and $8 beers at the game?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:52 Dre - Houston


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Oops accidentally hit send early. Agree with Dre as I also grew up in SB and crowds were great. Still we weren't in a conference then so scheduling was different. We could play home and home with UCLA and DePaul etc. With conference schedules we are limited. What would you do to juice up attendance?
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:53 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  Dre and Tom, thanks for bringing up Barnaby's now I need to go get some pizza (Love Barnaby's)
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:54 Illinois Fool


[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  No Portillo's here
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:56 Illinois Fool
Tom Noie:  Strike
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:56 Tom Noie
[Comment From Illinois FoolIllinois Fool: ]  I hurts, Man
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:56 Illinois Fool
Tom Noie:  Sorry...Barnaby's on me next time in the Bend....if thee's not too much else to do! Take care.
  Thursday February 21, 2013 2:57 Tom Noie