Finals are finished for the Notre Dame basketball team and the Fighting Irish are set to get back to action Saturday night in New York City. Notre Dame got some much needed rest early this week after playing four games in a seven-day stretch that culminated with a 79-72 win over Indiana last Saturday in Indianapolis.
The Irish have not had much practice time together since that signature win over the Hoosiers.
"They were cornered and delivered," head coach Mike Brey said of his team's performance last week at his Thursday media gathering.
Finals this week meant just individual workouts on Monday and Tuesday, but the team was able to get in a light scrimmage Wednesday morning. The Irish got in their first full practice Thursday afternoon and will have another Friday before playing Ohio State Saturday in New York.
If last Saturday's win over Indiana, which followed a clunker of a 73-69 home loss to North Dakota State, was signature, this Saturday's game against the No. 3 Buckeyes (11-0) is a chance for the Irish to make a national statement.
"They really are machine-like, there's no question," Brey said of Thad Motta's Buckeyes. "Like Indiana, I think we've got to try and limit transition stuff when they get some easy buckets."