Notre Dame is back in the Elite Eight for the second straight year thanks to arguably the second-most impressive comeback of March Madness, storming back to beat Wisconsin with an 8-0 run in the final 19 seconds to win 61-56.
No, the late Irish run can’t compare to Texas A&M’s comeback against Northern Iowa — the biggest last-minute comeback in college basketball history, but it is just as important given the stage. Notre Dame didn’t play great, but hung around throughout the game and the Badgers’ three late turnovers (17 turnovers for the game) helped make up for a less-than-stellar showing from the Irish.
“Sticking with it. Having a positive mind,” Demetrius Jackson said after the game when asked how Notre Dame hung in the game despite some poor shooting. “No matter how many mistakes we make we always try to find a way to win it.”
Jackson had six of those last eight points for Notre Dame and two steals, leading the way for a team that still has much of the nucleus that lost to Kentucky in the Elite Eight a year ago. Mike Brey has mentioned the championship quality of this team’s core frequently when asked about the team’s ability to thrive in the postseason, and when things have gotten tight in the last two games, against Stephen F. Austin and Wisconsin, they have showed that caliber.
Notre Dame steals the win! #MarchMadness https://t.co/kZ2ntm3zpy
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