Notre Dame basketball season likely nearing its end

Last SlideNext Slide SOUTH BEND -- Rounding the final turn of this crazy college basketball race makes one wonder how’s it all going to end for Notre Dame — with a stumble toward the finish or one last spirited sprint?

A regular season that started on a Saturday in late November with Notre Dame trailing a ranked team by 20 points on the road before a 10-point loss (Michigan State) ended on a Saturday in early March with Notre Dame leading a ranked team by 20 points at home before a 10-point win (Florida State).

“Saturday gives them some life to feel we can get on a run,” Irish coach Mike Brey said Monday evening on a Zoom call from his hotel room.

There was the semester-long academic suspension of guard Jerian Grant, who would return the following season to earn first team all-league honors.

Notre Dame’s 10 conference tournament wins since arriving in 2013-14 trail only Duke (12), North Carolina (12) and Virginia (11) over that period.

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