Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Mike Brey says Notre Dame would be ‘honored’ to play in the NIT
By ADAM ZAGORIANEW YORK — If Notre Dame misses out the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday, Irish coach Mike Brey has made his peace with that.
“We’re prepared to go wherever they send us,” Brey said after the Irish absorbed an 88-70 beatdown at the hands of Marvin Bagley III and Duke in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at Barclays Center.
“If it’s the NIT, we’d be honored…None of these guys have played in the Garden.”
Notre Dame entered the day among Joe Lunardi’s “First Four Out.” They beat Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech here, but simply couldn’t handle Bagley III, who went for 33 points and 17 rebounds, or Grayson Allen, who notched 23 points while making 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Bonzie Colson, still finding his groove after returning recently from a foot injury, finished with 18 points and 9 rebound for the Irish (20-14)
“I hope they get in because they can beat anybody,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose club will face the Miami/North Carolina winner in Friday’s semifinals. “If they get in, they’re going to beat people and they’ll have a chance.
“I don’t know how that bubble works but they’re very good. And we had to play well to beat them.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.