Author: Kevin O'Neill

Trailblazer, Mentor, Star

It’s easy to understand why Bob Whitmore will be inducted into Notre Dame Basketball’s Ring of Honor Saturday afternoon. He averaged 18.8 points and 12.4 rebounds during his three-year career (1966-67 through 1968-69) He is #5 on ND’s career rebounding list. He is one of five Notre Dame basketball players with more than 1,000 career…

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Youth Movement

“I’ve never had a situation like this, not five years at Delaware or 18 years (at Notre Dame) where I’ve had so many new guys.” Mike Brey said after the Fighting Irish defeated Duquesne 67-56 in their fifth game of the season. “We’re obviously in a total youth movement. We’ve sprinkled in some really good…

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First Team Out

Knowing the Irish were in the NCAA Tournament until Davidson grabbed its spot by upsetting Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship game is, as Mike Brey said, another gut punch in a season of gut punches. Being the #1 seed in the NIT is cold comfort, but the NIT it shall be. Notre Dame…

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Diagnose Before Attempting To Cure

Would a doctor treat symptoms without a diagnosis? Of course not. Would a mechanic repair a car’s engine before identifying what’s wrong? A good mechanic wouldn’t. Would a media pundit propose a fix to college basketball’s standards without articulating its problems? Of course they would. They’re meatheads. “The NCAA’s got a problem. It’s making zillions…

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So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

Notre Dame’s 84-67 victory at Boston College on Saturday improved its conference record to 6-8. The depleted Irish must get to 9-9 just to be in the NCAA Tournament discussion; and even then, they will have work to do in the ACC Tournament.  A couple of conference tourney wins might be enough, but ND still…

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