SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The statement home wins against ranked opponents aren't new to Notre Dame. Neither are the take-control seniors or the big comebacks. It's the combination of qualities that could propel the Fighting Irish to unchartered ground in two months. They have a nationally elite player in guard Jerian Grant -- "such a bright lights, big-stage guy," coach Mike Brey said after Grant's latest star turn. They have respected, reliable senior leaders in Grant and Pat Connaughton.
What we're reading while we compare this approach to the mine-equipped dogs the Soviets trained to run under German tanks on the Eastern Front. Submit links via Twitter. Way back in 2006, LeBron James had this game-winning play against the Wizards that heralded a new dawn. Before LeBron, last-second, game-winning shots were almost always taken in the Michael Jordan mold: You waited for the clock to wind down, pushed your defender as far back as possible, tried to get a clean 18-foot jumper, and then held your fist in the air.