5 Reasons Notre Dame Will Win The Championship
With another basketball season approaching, it is time to drink the gold and blue Kool-Aid for Notre Dame basketball! While our expectations this year may be slightly lower than years past with the loss of Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste, Notre Dame basketball has been making appearances on many sleepers to win it all this coming year. Despite our loss of talent from last year, Notre Dame has a lot of potential to make it far into the tournament again and with some luck win it all.
1.Wealth of Experience
One thing Notre Dame comes into the season with is a wealth of experience in its players. With their unexpected elite eight run last year, the team is coming off two straight elite eight appearances. Notre Dame is only team to have gone to the last two elite eights in the country. Giving important tournament experience, this makes Notre Dame one of the most experienced teams in the nation. Notre Dame will also have a rotation consisting of 3 seniors and 2 juniors. Notre Dame will be able to use this experience in late game situations to make smart decisions and be calm under pressure.
2. V.J. Beachum
Notre Dame will rely heavily on V.J. Beachum this year for point production. With his emergence last year during postseason play and his decision to return for his senior year, Beachum will be looked to as the number one scoring option attempting to replace Demetrius Jackson’s scoring production. Averaging 16.7 points per game during the last six games of the season, he should be the primary scoring option Notre Dame needs.
3. Home Court Advantage
Purcell Pavilion has surprisingly established itself as one of the toughest arenas to travel to in the ACC in part due to the increased student interest due to the first elite eight appearance two years ago. The Fighting Irish have shown an ability to win at home consistently and against some of the toughest opponents. Last year, Notre Dame went 16-2 at home with a big upset against #1 North Carolina at home also. With a solid home record again this year, Notre Dame places themselves in good position to achieve a high seat in March Madness to set themselves up for a run this year.
Last year, one of Notre Dame’s primary things holding them back was injuries plaguing the team. Whenever Notre Dame would get into a rhythm, an injury would happen (Often to Demetrius Jackson) that would derail the team and make them take a step back on team chemistry. Hopefully, this year will be different with the injury plague passing over Notre Dame giving them the ability to build chemistry and make a run at winning it all.
5. Mike Brey
One of the primary reasons for the success for the past two years in the tournament has been Notre Dame’s coach Mike Brey. Having coached Notre Dame since 2000, he has established constituency at Notre Dame where a supposed “rebuilding year” last year resulted in an elite eight visit. Mike Brey has shown his skill at coaching his teams up to the level of the teams played by beating #1 North Carolina last year as big underdogs and beating Coach K and the blue devils five out of the last six years. Loved by the Notre Dame community, Mike Brey looks to lead the Irish to another unexpected run this year with his offensive centric scheme.
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