Notre Dame vs West Virginia
NCAA College Basketball : Tournament , Round 3
Competition: College Basketball
Competitor: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs West Virginia Mountaineers Live
Date:Saturday, March 18,2017
Time: 12:10p ET CBS
Survive and advance is a way of life in March and when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, some teams have to sweat it out in order to do just that. Such was the case in the opening round for both Notre Dame and West Virginia, setting up what could be an incredible clash between two of the most underrated programs in the field.
They’ll both come together looking for more in Buffalo with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line as two very good teams are hoping their season continues just a little bit longer in 2017.
Keys for Notre Dame
Don’t let a team beat you twice is a common saying after a loss but it might apply to the Fighting Irish too given how stunned they looked after just barely beating the Tigers. There should be no time to dwell on those mistakes down the stretch however as you’ve got to go into a game against West Virginia ready for everything from the moment the ball is inbounded. Notre Dame remains on quite a run this month and need to get back to their free-wheeling ways on offense while eliminating those mental mistakes on defense.
Keys for West Virginia
Bucknell played the Mountaineers fairly close because they were cognizant of the ball at all times and turned it over just 15 times. That’s not the number WVU is accustomed to forcing and will need a much more active effort on the defensive end as a result against Notre Dame. The Mountaineers did shoot fairly well and spread the ball out offensively, two things that they’ll need to do once again in order to go 2-0 in Buffalo.
When the brackets came out, many zeroed in on this potential matchup as potentially being one of the best that could happen in round two and it makes plenty of sense. Both are stocked with talented but undervalued players and take their cues from some of the best coaches around. Just as notable, the path to a Final Four run isn’t out of the question given the way their bracket is looking right now too. The Irish will certainly make this a back-and-forth contest that may come down to the final shot but ultimately the Mountaineers’ depth should win out in a close one.