Hokies lose huge 2nd half lead, fall to Notre Dame 71-65

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Also, they are a double-digit seed in the tournament.

With the Irish playing their third game in three days, this one against a rested Duke squad that had been off since beating rival North Carolina on Saturday night, the fast start seemed to favor the Blue Devils as they built a 13-point advantage midway through the first half.

The Notre Dame pitching staff has posted a 1.56 ERA during the win surge, striking out 33 batters in 36 innings.

This hasn't been the season anyone expected for Notre Dame, but injuries will rain hell on your plans. Most reasonable people can probably recognize that the fact of the matter is that there's no way to definitively say that the Irish have done enough to earn an NCAA tournament bid.

For the latest news and updates on all things Notre Dame softball, visit www.und.com/softball, follow the Irish @NDsoftball and @NDcoachGumpf on Twitter and at Instagram.com/notredamesoftball, and Like the team at Facebook.com/NDSoftball. Bagley's got 6 points and 5 rebounds, and the Blue Devils have pulled to within 5 points after their sluggish start.

The morning of February 20, a Tuesday, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey took his two star seniors out to breakfast and hashed out over hash browns Notre Dame's postseason picture. It's recently resurrected senior leader, Bonzie Colson, appeared a worn out, shell of himself after missing almost two months with a broken foot.

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"I feel like our younger position players are doing really, a pretty good job".

Blue & Gold Illustrated basketball reporter Corey Bodden has provided the resume's for Notre Dame and all the other perceived bubble teams.

After falling to Seattle in final game of the Kissimmee Irish Classic, Notre Dame will head to Florida once again this weekend to open up ACC play with a three-game road series against Miami. Before that they had dropped three of four.

Duke ranks eighth in assists per game (17.5) while Notre Dame ranks 186th in assists allowed per game (14.0). "Hopefully we take positives and negatives from this and just move on from it".

Bagley was supported by senior guard Grayson Allen, the only non-freshman in the Blue Devils' starting lineup.

Dating back to the 2011 season, Notre Dame has posted a 32-4 (.889) combined record at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. All of whom have been to the Elite 8 and know how to handle all the postseason pressure in March.

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The Blue Devils are a young team that still growing. Staying out of the zone isn't ideal for Duke, but it is necessary.

Virginia Tech scored 9 consecutive points with 7:11 left in the 1st Half, making the game 27-17 in favor of Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame held an early lead at 13-8, thanks to a pair of makes from the perimeter from Gibbs. (14.1) and Trevon Duval (10.4). "They need to sort of be a little less cerebral and a little bit more instinctual in terms of the way that they pitch and compete".

The Irish will look for that toughness this evening in their matchup with 2-seed Duke, who beat Notre Dame 88-66 in Durham as the Irish were of course missing Colson and Farrell.

Duke (26-6) killed the Irish on the boards 40-29 and shot 67.7 percent from the field in the second half. If I was Coach K I would put Wendell Carter on Bonzie Colson.

"We're very disappointed. Our players deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament", Enfield said. Marvin Bagley is going to have to stand his ground against these guys, and play tough without fouling.

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