Notre Dame 90, No. 5 Louisville 57: Irish bounce back in a big way, Williams struggles again for the Cards

A strong performance from role players keyed the Irish victory Thursday

A strong performance from role players keyed the Irish victory Thursday

I certainly didn’t see this coming.

Notre Dame got 32 points and 17 rebounds from Luke Harangody and ended a seven-game skid by blasting a lackluster Louisville squad.

With Digger Phelps calling the game courtside, the Irish got strong performances from Harangody and a number of players and shot 54 percent against the normally stingy Cardinals.

Kyle McAlarney scored 21 for Notre Dame and Ryan Ayers broke out of a prolonged shooting slump to score 19.

Tory Jackson also played well for the Irish. He handled the Louisville pressure and was very aggressive offensively.

The Irish improved to 13-10 overall, but will need a few more wins to lock up an NIT bid. But with just a 4-7 record in the Big East, an NCAA is completely out of the question at this point.

Louisville was awful, but star G/F Terrance Williams was especially ineffective. After scoring only three points against St. John’s on Saturday, the potential Big East Player of the Year scored only five points against Notre Dame.

Williams is playing with a bad wrist, but needs to bounce back quickly. Coach Rick Pitino has said that Williams can be “moody and aloof.”

I expect him to play better Sunday against DePaul. Who doesn’t play well against the Blue Demons?

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