College Basketball – Notre Dame Fighting Irish won on Saturday
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish played and won on November 26th as they hosted the TCU Horned Frogs.
The highly-touted Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s women’s college basketball team entered the week as a questionable No. 1 team in the nation in my view. The Connecticut Huskies, following a victory over the 2nd-ranked Baylor Bears, had earned just as many first-placed votes as Notre Dame and I felt that UCONN probably should have gotten the top ranking. However, the Fighting Irish promise to remain No. 1 in the polls on Monday after a successful week of play. They improved to 6-0 with a large-spread victory over TCU on Saturday.
In a game that the Irish hosted, Saturday’s game against the Horned Frogs was all about the 2nd half. The Irish had just a slim 3-point lead going into the half-time break. A slim kind of lead may have put some pressure on Notre Dame in their locker room since they were and remain the top-ranked team in the nation. However, the Fighting Irish answered that pressure when they ran away from the Horned Frogs in the 2nd half. First, they outscored TCU by 13 in the third quarter and then the Irish added insult to injury in the 4th quarter, outscoring TCU 26-9. The result was a 33-point victory against a team that was undefeated.
The big win on Saturday followed another big-spread victory over the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns. That game, which was played on Tuesday and will be remembered for a power outage that forced a change of venue, ended 91-51 in favor of the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame going a net +73 over two games will likely make it hard for UCONN to get to the top ranking on Monday. The Huskies themselves, after a fairly uneventful few days, remain undefeated at 4-0 with a 33-point victory over Dayton from Tuesday.
If both UCONN and Notre Dame remain undefeated then a showdown for No. 1 is looming on December 7th. The two teams will play that night with Notre Dame hosting, a game that certainly could put UCONN’s huge winning streak at risk. However, the Huskies do have a strong schedule to survive between now and December 7th. They will face both Depaul and Texas in early December, two teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25 for women’s hoops.