Monday, September 08, 2008

Men's Hoops Schedule Released

Aptly called "the toughest schedule in school history", Mike Brey and company will make more national television appearances than ever before in 2008-09 as they look to extended the longest home court win streak in school history and match the longest one in Big East history.

Complete schedule here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

First prediction of the year.

2-1 in Maui Classic(lose to either Texas in the semi-finals or UNC in the finals).
8-1 in non conference(lose to UCLA)
8-1 in conference home games(loss to either Marquette or Louisville).
4-5 in conference road games(loses to Louisville,Syracuse,Pitt,West Virginia,UConn).
12-6 overall in conference.
22-8 overall record.

Even though our record won't be the same going into the Big East Tournament our ranking and RPI should be higher since our schedule is much tougher. Don't forget the big east is loaded this year plus we will most likely be playing Texas, North Carolina, Ohio State, and UCLA in non conference games.

The next two years should be great years for the Irish.

9/08/2008 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take away two of those road losses and you're on to something...we're not going 4-5 on the road in the Big East.

24-6, 14-4 in BE and a decent showing at MSG and we'll be a 3 seed in the tourney.

9/08/2008 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see UCLA back on the schedule.

9/09/2008 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think ND will win 20 games and may only be a few games over .500. I hope I'm wrong, but I still believe that Brey overacheives with lesser expectations and underacheives with greater expectations. I look at this year's squad as having greater expectations. Also, it doesn't seem like ND players develop much after their freshman and sophomore years - outside of a few exceptions, like Harangody.

9/09/2008 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Scranton Dave said...

That fourth anonymous post is one of the dumbest posts Ive seen on here and there have been some dumb ones. Brey underachieves with greater expectations? What year or years are you talking about and whos expectations? If you are referring to 04-05 when Thomas was a senior and Lattimore came in, well Thomas was never healthy that year, and Lattimore was completely overrated. Francis was never the same after his back injury either. There were low expectations the last 2 years with prognosticators and the national media, but they were dead wrong. I new we were going to be good the last 2 years just look at the personnel. As far as this year, we wont win 20 games and will barely be over .500? We only lost Kurz from last years team and while I think Harangody and Mac have pretty much ( those 2 are pretty damn good anyway) peaked, I think players like Jackson, Ayers, Zeller and especailly Hillesland have more room to improve. I have never been this excited about an ND hoops team in my 25 years following the program. I cant wait for the Basketball season to start. Go Irish!!

9/09/2008 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that this year's ND basketball schedule is the most difficult one in years. But before you go calling it "the toughest in the history of the Notre Dame program," you may want to research some of the slates the Irish hoops teams of the 1970's and 80's faced. While they weren't part of a conference, they annually played numerous top-20 teams, including many who were ranked No. 1 at the time the Irish played them, had home-and-home games against the likes of UCLA and DePaul (when they were really good), and faced many of the game's legendary coaches such as John Wooden, Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Lefty Drisell, Coach K (can't spell his name), Ray Meyer, Al McGuire, Johnny Orr, Norm Stewart and Larry Brown, just to name a few.

9/10/2008 04:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Coffey said...

Gee, you're right, I should do some research. After all, it's not like I wrote a book on the subject or anything.

Yes, some of the 1970 and 1980 schedules were difficult. But in addition to playing the highly-regarded teams you listed, ND in those years also played quite a few easy games against no-names. And unlike now, when non-conference cupcakes have to be front-loaded, those breathers were spread throughout the year to pace the schedule. That's what makes this one more difficult.

9/10/2008 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michigan State is conspicuous by its absence from the ND men's basketball schedule year after year. MSU reportedly is willing. Since Spartans annually are a top national team, why would the Irish not schedule them? Or does the question contain the answer?

1/05/2009 12:20:00 PM  

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