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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Final Score: Notre Dame 78, Rutgers 64
Notre Dame advances to the Second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Alabama, 78-64, in San Diego, CA.
1:34, 2nd H: Notre Dame 74, Alabama 60
The Notre Dame crowd getting into it as the time winds down.
Alabama coach Nate Oats catches a technical
Probably not the best time for Alabama to get a technical foul call.
3:59, 2nd H: Notre Dame 68, Alabama 58
The run continues! Blake Wesley throws down a mean dunk off the steal.
5:37, 2nd H: Notre Dame 63, Alabama 52
Alabama comes out with a smaller look to try and get back in this game.
8:18, 2nd H: Notre Dame 61, Alabama 47
Notre Dame freshman Blake Wesley gets in on the action.
10:03, 2nd H: Notre Dame 57, Alabama 47
Notre Dame has the energy even with playing close back-to-back games.
11:40 2nd H: Notre Dame 55, Alabama 47
Notre Dame junior Cormac Ryan now has a new season high for points scored in a single game, 24. And he's still pulling.
12:13, 2nd H: Notre Dame 52, Alabama 44
15:37, 2nd H: Notre Dame 47, Alabama 42
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.
16:59, 2nd H: Notre Dame 44, Alabama 42
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.
0:15, 1st H: Notre Dame 41, Alabama 36
Notre Dame goes on a 7-0 run towards the end of half. But Alabama answers with a Juwan Gary three. Side note: Cormac Ryan is holding it down for the Irish offense.
3:07, 1st H: Notre Dame 32, Alabama 32
It's a back-and-forth affair in San Diego. Neither Notre Dame or Alabama giving room for error.
5:38, 1st H: Alabama 25, Notre Dame 23
The Crimson Tide lead the SEC in rebounding this season.
7:27, 1st H: Alabama 22, Notre Dame 21
Alabama takes the lead as Notre Dame tries to establish itself in the paint.
Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly injury update
After taking a rough fall early in the first half, Quinerly has been ruled out with a left knee injury.
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11:06, 1st H: Notre Dame 16, Alabama 13
Notre Dame is setting up great looks at the three. Cormac Ryan has been a menace from the three-point line.
11:48, 1st H: Notre Dame 13, Alabama 13
Notre Dame guard Cormac Ryan is leading Notre Dame in scoring shooting 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
15:53, 1st H: Notre Dame 3, Alabama 2
Notre Dame shooting so far: 1-of-6 (16%). Alabama shooting: 1-of-8 (12%)
16:31, 1st H: Notre Dame 3, Alabama 2
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.