Brittany shooting a free throw earlier this season at Notre Dame
Brittany Rayburn and Drey Mingo led the Boilers to the opening round win today against Kansas State 53-45. They were led by impressive efforts of juniors Brittany Rayburn and Drey Mingo. Brittany finished the game with 21 points, and Drey finished with 16 points. They really picked up the scoring when nobody else seemed to want to score. I don’t think that you can state enough what a force Brittany was in the second half when the Boilers needed some points. This is the player we love to see. When she has her confidence she is tough to defend.
I don’t have much time so I can’t get into this too much. I will say that I didn’t see too many upsets here. The one big upset that I picked was Ohio State over Tennessee. The Volunteers are not the power they once were, and Ohio State is playing like the team we thought they would be at the start of the season. That should be a great game. I then have Notre Dame taking out Ohio State to move to the Final Four. Continue reading →
Steve Lavin sharing his popcorn with the Paint Crew last season
This week is a tough one. I am going to Notre Dame tonight to see the St. John’s team coached by former Purdue coach and ESPN analyst Steve Lavin. Tomorrow the Boilers play Iowa. Anyone who knows me knows that I spent a couple of years in Iowa after graduating. For some reason my hate for the Hawkeyes went up exponentially after my time there. I may be the one responsible for them becoming our new football rival according to the Big Ten. This should not be much of a game Sunday. The Boilers should mop the floor with Iowa. That being said it still is a Big Ten game so if the Boilers are thinking like I am things could be interesting. Continue reading →
Here is the photo gallery from the game on Sunday. Now as many of you know when you are at Notre Dame and the game is televised you cannot take pictures when the game is going on. You can take pictures before the game, during timeouts, and after the game. Taking them during the action is prohibited. I honored their wishes and did not take pictures during the game. Any pictures that appear to be during the game have actually been re-enacted for effect. To honor their wishes I have not posted any pictures of their basketball players unless they are part of a picture. I understand that they don’t want any publicity for their team, and I have tried to crop their players out when possible. I use to go to a lot more games at Notre Dame, but since my hobby is taking pictures I will usually only go to games that are not on TV. So here are the pictures taken Sunday.
Strength and conditioning coach Ron Thomson seems to be telling Chantel Poston and Chelsea Jones to get back down here
Yesterday their were many storylines heading into the game. It was the 1,000th game in the history of Notre Dame women’s basketball. That game also happened to come on Irish coach Muffet McGraw’s birthday. Purdue came into the game 0-4 in the last four meetings against the Irish. They still had to be stinging from the late game collapse against Maryland on Thursday. Continue reading →