After three days of speculation about whether or not the Irish would get the benefit of the doubt from the committee now that they are nearly back to full strength, we found out Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell would not get one more chance to lead the Irish on a tournament run.
"I'm kind of proud of them and hurting for them at the same time".
Notre Dame senior guard Matt Farrell probably put it as plainly and as clearly as one can after hearing the news that the Fighting Irish had missed the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The first round starts on Tuesday.
"Our guys, after a season of gut punches, that was another gut punch today", Coach Mike Brey said.
An 18-point loss to Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament didn't do much for Notre Dame, and the Irish got next-to-no help from the other bubble teams during conference championship week.
Baylor (18-14) and Saint Mary's (28-5) round out the No. 1 seeds.
When Notre Dame lost to Miami in the final week of the season ti set up a scenario where the Irish needed to either beat #1 ranked UVA in the season finale or win at least three games in the ACC Tournament to ensure their selection.
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"We held a team meeting and discussed where we wanted to take the future of this team", senior forward Martinas Geben said.
Colson is a New Bedford native who played his high school ball at St. Andrew's in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he was twice named the state's Player of the Year, an honor New Bedford's Brycen Goodine earned this season. I think neither one of us are very happy with how things ended in Brooklyn.
The NIT begins play in a couple of days.
"I told them I had two teams that handled it differently", Brey said. They really weren't interested, it was really a tough end to a season.
The Final 4 will be held in NY on March 27. "I'm hoping this group will be a little bit more like Ayers' group".
As a junior, when he was the only ACC player to average a double-double, Colson was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team, All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Tournament First Team and was a finalist for the Karl Malone and Wooden Awards. And he even had the preternatural sense to recognize the exact moment that Notre Dame's chances might have been sunk.