A day after the Notre Dame women’s basketball season ended with a whimper against football rival Boston College in the NCAA Tournament, the Notre Dame men are taking on another football rival, Michigan, in the NIT — and so far, things are going considerably better for Chris Quinn’s squad than they did for Megan Duffy’s (albeit on a much smaller, less important stage). The Irish lead, 56-48, on Michigan’s home floor with 10:40 to go. The winner gets either Miami or Creighton in the quarterfinals Wednesday. (If Notre Dame wins, it’ll be a road game for the Irish — either in Florida or Nebraska.)
UPDATE: In case anyone doubted that Mike Brey still desperately needs to be fired… with a 4-point lead, about 4:30 to go, and 10 on the shot clock, Brey called timeout to draw up a play. But when play resumed after the timeout, Chris Quinn clearly had no idea that the shot clock was running low. As a result, he ended up dribbling the possession away on the perimeter, then realizing his error at the last moment and putting up a 35-foot heave with 1 second on the shot clock. This is off a timeout. As John L. Smith might say, “That’s a dang coaching mistake!”
UPDATE 2: This is really lame. Neither team deserves to win this game. They’re both playing like crapola. I guess that’s why they’re in the NIT…
UPDATE 3: And then Notre Dame called another timeout, yet still managed to turn the ball over immediately afterward… and then just now, with 2:27 to go in a one-point game on the road, they just called their last timeout… apparently Brey didn’t mention to his players that they might want to save that one. Brilliant!
UPDATE 4: Well, now both teams have magically learned to shoot again, so it’s getting a bit more exciting… Irish by 3 with 55.8 seconds to go. Hmm, what are the Vegas odds on them blowing it and losing on a buzzer-beater?
UPDATE 5: Notre Dame turns it over as Michigan forces a jump ball. Why? Because they were out of timeouts, so Quinn, standing in front of his bench and trapped by two Michigan players, was helpless to save the possession. Way to waste those timeouts, Brey! Now Michigan, down by 1, has the ball, and the opportunity to end Notre Dame’s season in fittingly heartbreaking fashion.
UPDATE 6: Wow! Michigan hits a 3 to take a two-point lead, but then — a change in the script!! — Quinn hits a layup with 5 seconds left to tie it, Michigan misses the buzzer-beater, and we’re going to overtime! A fantastic, NCAA Tournament-like ending to regulation. Now what? Go Irish!
UPDATE 7: Double overtime!
UPDATE 8: Okay, so it was only a slight change in the script. Notre Dame loses on a ridiculous buzzer-beating three-pointer in double-overtime.
All credit to Michigan for winning it in OT. What a shot!! But if our coach wasn’t so freakin’ incompetent, the game would never have been in overtime in the first place, for the reasons discussed above. But then, that’s the story of our season. A highly appropriate ending.
FIRE MIKE BREY.