MARCH MADNESS: Notre Dame basketball defeats Alabama, NCAA Tournament game highlights
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team are hot off a double overtime win over Rutgers in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament this past Wednesday. Now, the No. 11-seed Fighting Irish are set to face the No. 6-seed Alabama Crimson Tide in the First Round in San Diego, California.
Can the Fighting Irish shake off the short turnaround time and repeat success against the Crimson Tide?
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Notre Dame advances to the Second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Alabama, 78-64, in San Diego, CA.
The Notre Dame crowd getting into it as the time winds down.
Probably not the best time for Alabama to get a technical foul call.
The run continues! Blake Wesley throws down a mean dunk off the steal.
Alabama comes out with a smaller look to try and get back in this game.
Notre Dame freshman Blake Wesley gets in on the action.
Notre Dame has the energy even with playing close back-to-back games.
Notre Dame junior Cormac Ryan now has a new season high for points scored in a single game, 24. And he's still pulling.
Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan continues to give Alabama grief from the three-point line. The junior has 21 points and is 5-of-6 for three's.
Halftime: Notre Dame leads Alabama, 41-36, at the half
It’s a tight one in San Diego!
Notre Dame went into the locker room with a slight edge over Alabama, 35-31. The first half was like watching two boxers trade punches. Notre Dame is shooting 59% from the field and Alabama shooting 43%.
Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan is balling out of his mind, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 beyond the arc for 18 points.On the other end of things, Alabama guard Jaden Shackelford is 2-of-7 from the field for 8 points and 2 rebounds.
“I think we need to score 89 tonight,” said coach Mike Brey before heading into the locker room.
It's a back-and-forth affair in San Diego. Neither Notre Dame or Alabama giving room for error.
The Crimson Tide lead the SEC in rebounding this season.
Alabama takes the lead as Notre Dame tries to establish itself in the paint.
After taking a rough fall early in the first half, Quinerly has been ruled out with a left knee injury.
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Notre Dame is setting up great looks at the three. Cormac Ryan has been a menace from the three-point line.
Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan is leading Notre Dame in scoring shooting 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
Notre Dame shooting so far: 1-of-6 (16%). Alabama shooting: 1-of-8 (12%)
Alabama junior guard Jahvon Quinerly hits the floor hard.
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The Irish's (23-10 overall, 3rd in ACC) scrappy play in second half of Wednesday's First Four round helped them eek past Rutgers, 89-87. Notre Dame senior Paul Atkinson Jr. would not be denied as he lead the Irish in scoring (26 points) and blocks (2). If the Fighting Irish advance it will mark the first time since 2017 Notre Dame has made the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson Tide (19-13 overall, 8th in SEC) are currently on a cold streak, losing three of its past four games, with its most recent loss to Vanderbilt in the second round of the SEC Tournament. One player to look out for on the Crimson Tide is junior Jaden Shackelford. The 6-foot-3 guard is currently averaging 16.7 points per game.
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Bryce Houston is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @B_ryce8.