Jerian Grant,Wayne Blackshear

Five OTs and 205 points later, No. 25 Notre Dame defeats No. 11 Louisville


Thelonious Monk wrote a tune called “Ugly Beauty”.

You’d have to watch a Louisville-Notre Dame game go to five overtimes to understand the concept.

The fact that Notre Dame won this one, 104-101, is absolutely stunning, and therein lies the tale. The very long tale that I’m not going to retell. You had to be there.

In a game like this, you have to ask yourself, what’s the takeaway? What did we learn about these two teams?

We learned that Russ Smith is more than just a player, he’s an avatar of a very specific, undefinable state of being, like fahrvergnugen or satori. Russdiculous will, forever hereafter, refer to something that is both sublimely wonderful and sublimely terrible. Everyone watching this game felt simultaneously excited and nauseous every time Smith touched the ball in the final seconds of any of the six decisive moments this game had to offer. In the annals of Big East lore, “Russdiculous” will have to go next to “Devendorfing”.

We learned that Notre Dame can win without Jack Cooley, who fouled out with nearly seven minutes left in that charming era of yesteryear we like to call “the second half.” The Irish also lost forwards Tom Knight and Zach Auguste to foul trouble, and Jerian Grant, who single-handedly sent the game to that quaint, adorable little first overtime, missed nearly a full second game’s worth of action after his fifth foul as well.

We learned that Chane Behanan should probably get more touches with the game on the line, and that Luke Hancock actually can be a difference-maker for the Cards. We learned how to spell Biedscheid. Or at least I did.

Overall, the main thing we learned – and it was something we all knew already – is that the imminent end of the Big East is going to haunt us for the rest of our lives. This is the thing that will push us all, one at a time, into the “back in my day…” reveries that our grandparents tortured us with.

And who do we have to thank for that forceful reminder of how much realignment sucks? Two teams that helped drive a stake into the league by agreeing to join the ACC.

Oh, the irony. It’s enough to make a guy want to go to bed, already.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

North Carolina to wear black jerseys December 19 vs. UCLA

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While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.

Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.

Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.

Villanova forward to undergo hip surgery

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Two-time defending Big East champion Villanova will be down a man in its front court, as the program announced Friday that freshman forward Tim Delaney will undergo hip surgery. According to the release a torn labrum in Delaney’s left hip is the reason for the surgery, and it has yet to be determined how long the freshman will be sidelined.

“I’m disappointed for Tim,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the release. “Tim had a great summer and preseason. He’s a very coachable young man and was picking up everything we do. The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.”

Villanova’s front court rotation will be led by senior Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game in 2014-15. Junior Darryl Reynolds and sophomore Kris Jenkins will also see minutes in the front court, with redshirt freshman guard/forward Mikal Bridges factoring into the competition as well.

Villanova also has Fordham transfer Eric Paschall, but he isn’t eligible to compete in games this season.