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    Matt Farrell being shut down due to nagging ankle...

    SOUTH BEND – A week away from Atlantic Coast Conference game action was supposed to offer a window to get healthy for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team.

    Yet like this season to date, this week didn’t go exactly as planned for the Irish.

    Senior point guard Matt Farrell will miss at least two games with a bone bruise to his left ankle. Coach Mike Brey made the announcement Thursday afternoon when he met the media in advance of Saturday’s home game against Virginia Tech. Farrell also will miss Monday’s game at No. 4 Duke. He might return a week from Saturday – Feb. 3 - at North Carolina State.

    "We've just got to get him healthy," Brey said. "He just needs time."

    Brey said Farrell will be out indefinitely. He hasn't moved well in practice since returning.

    With a seven day break between games, Notre Dame took all of Sunday and Monday off before returning to work Tuesday morning.

    Farrell was not immediately available for comment. He had not missed a game over his previous three seasons because of injury. He’ll have missed at least five following Thursday’s news. His absence leaves the Irish with eight available scholarship players. The eighth is former walk-on Matt Gregory.

    Already without leading scorer and rebounder Bonzie Colson until early March with a broken left foot, the Irish lose their second leading scorer in Farrell, who was averaging 15.7 points, a team-high 5.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 34.9 minutes per game.

    Notre Dame also is without freshman swingman D.J. Harvey. He will miss at least the next three weeks with a bone bruise to his left knee suffered in the Jan. 16 loss to Louisville. He might be back as early North Carolina State next week.

    "I don't think we've ever had it like this," Brey said. "It's been hard for us to handle it."

    The Irish have fielded seven different starting lineups in their first seven ACC games. Saturday might be No. 8 depending on what direction Brey wants to play.

    Farrell suffered a sprained left ankle late in the first half of the Jan. 3 game against North Carolina State.

    “I never had a sprain like that before; it was awful,” Farrell told the Tribune earlier this month. “I knew it right away (that) I wasn’t going to be able to finish that game.”

    Farrell missed the second half of that 30-point victory and the following three games – a win at Syracuse, a loss at Georgia Tech and a home loss to No. 10 North Carolina.

    Treating the ankle injury had Farrell in the training room up to seven hours a day every day for over a week. It was all he could do to get back in the lineup as soon as possible. He just didn’t want to play. He had to play.

    “These are games that I’m not ever going to get back,” Farrell said. “I’m trying to get back as soon as I can. If I’m still hurting a little bit but I can go out and play, I’m going to play.”

    Farrell pushed to play against North Carolina while Brey preached caution. He didn’t want Farrell to return early, not be 100 percent and then reinjure the ankle and miss additional games.

    Farrell returned for the home game against Louisville, and then played 48 of a possible 50 minutes of the double-overtime loss. He scored 23 points with eight assists and two steals. But he made only eight of 25 shots from the floor, including 4-of-14 from 3. After making six of his first nine shots for 15 points in the first seven minutes, Farrell managed eight points on 2-of-16 shooting over the final 41.

    Brey guessed Farrell was about 75-80 percent healthy for Louisville. Farrell declined to put percentages on it afterward.

    “My ankle’s fine,” he said.

    In Saturday’s loss at No. 18 Clemson, Farrell scored a season-low six points with six assists in 32 minutes. He was 2-of-11 from the field, 2-of-10 from 3.

    Farrell is 141 points shy of becoming the 62nd player in program history to score 1,000 in his career.

    Farrell’s absence backs Notre Dame (13-7; 3-4 ACC) further into a corner as it aims to get back to the NCAA tournament for a fourth-straight season. The Irish have lost four-straight league games.

    Notre Dame is 1-4 since Brey became the winningest coach in program history.

    Picked in preseason to finish third in the ACC, Notre Dame enters the final weekend of January tied for ninth in the league with Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

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    He looked off against Louisville and Clemson...man February is going to suck

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    Farrell went off today @ BC. He was 10 of 10 from three-point range tying the school record. ND won going away.

    Sounds like Harvey tweaked his knee again in warmups and won’t be available until the postseason.

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    Holy crap...ND squeaks by winless Pitt in first ACC tournament play. They went ice cold in the second half. They’ll have to play a helluva lot better vs VT tomorrow. They need two more wins, IMO, to even sniff the NCAA selection committee.

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    I'm guessing a lot of people turned that game off last night and watched Netflix or something else. Shame if that's the case. Pretty fantastic entertainment.

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    Greatest comeback in ND MBB history. They need to beat Duke to ensure a bid.

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    Bonzie picked the wrong game to miss his signatue jumper.

    Grayson Allen draining every three he throws up.

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    Difficult season due to injuries. My lasting impression will be the Virginia Tech win. I think it encapsulates the team and the season.

    Duke is pretty good. I hope Virginia wins.

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    By Rob Dauster Mar 8, 2018, 9:25 PM CST
    Marvin Bagley III, Duke advance to ACC semis with win over Notre Dame


    NEW YORK — Marvin Bagley III was at it again.

    The 6-foot-11 freshman scored 23 points and grabbed nine boards while shooting 11-for-12 from the floor … in the second half! On the night, Bagley finished with 33 points and 17 boards — the fourth time he’s gone for 30 and 15 this season — as the Blue Devils pulled away from Notre Dame late, beating the Fighting Irish 88-70 and possibly ending the chances that we will see Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell in the NCAA tournament.

    “We beat a really good team tonight,” Krzyzewski said. “I hope they get in, because I think they can beat anybody. Mike has a team that together the whole year, for get it. If they get in, they’re going to beat people.”

    The chances of that happening are not great. We discussed it last night. Most reasonable people can probably agree that Notre Dame is one of the top 25 teams in college basketball this season. 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. Yes, they beat Wichita State while winning the Maui Invitational at full strength. Yes, they are 15-5 at full strength. Yes, their two worst losses came when they were also at full strength.

    There’s a reason why the consensus was, more or less, that the Irish needed to beat Duke to have a real chance of getting into the tournament.

    And Brey has seemed to accept that fact.

    “We have emptied the tank, and we’ll see what our fate is down the road,” Brey said. “Whatever it is, we’ll be accepting and proud.”

    If this was the last time that we’ve seen Colson and Farrell playing games that matter this season, it’ll be fitting, as one of the nation’s best pair of seniors was sent home by a superstar freshman on a team that features a handful of them. Notre Dame is right there with the likes of Wisconsin and Virginia when it comes to running a program that recruits and develops talent over the course of four or five years, and Duke could not be more different, at least in the way the program has been run over the course of the last half-decade.

    Duke thrives on the guys that may not be showing up on college campuses anymore, not if Adam Silver and the NBA have anything to say about it, and Bagley is the perfect example of that. He’s one-and-done personified, reclassifying to enroll in college a year “early”, which makes him the same age as the rest of the freshmen in the class.

    “He’s really impressive,” Brey said. “I mean, he’s a can’t-miss star in my opinion, just watching that tonight. [Bagley and Carter] rebound at a level above the rim that I haven’t seen in college basketball.”

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    Tough watching that game as an ND fan.

    As a Bulls fan, what Bagley was doing did not go unnoticed.

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