Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech ACC Tourney Preview

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So on Tuesday (today), I was watching the Pittsburgh verse Notre Dame ACC Tournament matchup. (BTWs, Notre Dame plays Virginia Tech on Wednesday night at 7P on our sister station, The CW.) A question formed in my mind very quickly, “Who on the Hokie’s squad is going to guard Bonzie Colson?” Will it be KJ? or Clarke? Maybe Bibbs? PJ Horne is athletic and big enough so maybe it’ll be him. Whoever it is, how Tech’s coach Buzz Williams decides to defend Colson is going to be determine the outcome of the game because the man can ball, he’s always been able to, but now he’s in full form ready to make a statement on the biggest stage after missing most of the season with a fractured foot.

“I did everything I could through the time I was hurt to get it ready as soon as possible,” Colson said. “It feels good to be back out there.”

In Colson’s last three games back from injury, he’s averaged more than 18 points. Against UVA, one of the top defenses in the country, the man had 24 points.

“He’s ready to roll,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said. “Hey, I’m going to get my money’s worth out of his eligibility.”

When you have a stud like Colson back, it obviously helps the whole team especially the other Fightin’ Irish play maker on the team Matt Farrell. He had 18 points tonight and you could tell Colson’s presence opened up everything for Notre Dame.

“We feel we’ve come through more adversity than anybody in the country, but our guys have fought hard all year, and I think it’s made us mentally tough,” Farrell said. “It’s been a tough year, but we’ve had a lot of success here, so we’re excited.”

Farrell and his crew may be enthused to get out of South Bend and be in Brooklyn. (No seriously, both Colson and Farrell after the game said they were thankful to be out of Indiana. Brey joked “guys you’re killing my recruiting.” It was a funny moment.) But regardless of how enthusiastic these two are, their team desperately needs a win. Depending on which college basketball expert/pundit you subscribe to, many say Notre Dame needs one more victory and to get that, they’ll have to beat Virginia Tech.

“I thought we played our hearts out at our place without those two guys (against Virginia Tech),” Brey said. “It’s great to have them back but Virginia Tech is really hard to defend, and we’re going to have to be good offensively tomorrow because you’re just not going to stop them. I really have a lot of respect for them, and it’s a great challenge for us the way they spread you out with guards and the way they shoot the ball.”

So if I were a Hokie fan, first I’d pump the breaks on hanging on every moment in the ACC Tournament. You all are in the NCAA Tournament that’s all that matters. I also don’t believe (unless you win the whole thing) you can really improve your overall seeding. I just don’t. I think the college basketball brain trust has made up their minds on who you are and where you’ll be. But if I were a rabid Hokie fan who hangs on every single game, I’d be unbelievably/super/undeniably concerned about tomorrow. While this Notre Dame team let a Pittsburgh team make it interesting at the end, I think Colson back healthy can reshape this whole tournament and what I saw tonight makes me think he’s only warming up.

PREDICTION: Notre Dame 75 Virginia Tech 67

If you’re a Hokie fan and get to this point of the article and want to yell at me for my prediction please email me at gturner@virginiafirst.com!

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