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No. 8 Irish drain 20 treys, demolish No. 19 Villanova

No. 8 Irish drain 20 treys, demolish No. 19 Villanova

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
Posted 9:10 p.m.

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Tim Abromaitis made a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Ben Hansbrough had 30 points and 10 assists in his final home game Monday night as No. 8 Notre Dame routed No. 19 Villanova 93-72 to secure a double bye in the Big East tournament.

Notre Dame (24-5, 13-4) hit a school-record 20 3-pointers and finished unbeaten in 17 games at the Purcell Pavilion, the only team in the league to be spotless on its home court this season.

Hansbrough made seven 3-pointers as the Irish were wide open from the perimeter all game and finished 20 for 32. Notre Dame, shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range this season, was 11 for 19 in the first half, including 4 of 6 from Hansbrough, to build a 47-27 lead. The Irish led by as many as 25 points, sending a spirited home crowd into a frenzy as they made one open 3-pointer after another.

Among those cheering Hansbrough were his family, including brother Tyler, the former North Carolina All-America now with the Indiana Pacers. Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly was in a front-row seat.

Leading scorer Corey Fisher, coming off a two-point game in a loss to St. John's, led Villanova (21-9, 9-8) with 22 points, 17 in the second half .

Plagued again by cold shooting, Villanova lost for the fifth time in seven games in its late-season slump. The Wildcats missed their first seven 3-point attempts and were 2 for 10 from long range in the first half.

The Irish wasted little time in taking control as Carleton Scott started the scoring with a 3-pointer, Abromaitis made two from long range and Hansbrough added another in an opening 14-4 run less than 4 minutes into the game.

The demonstrative Hansbrough finished the opening half with 16 points, pumping his fist at made baskets by his teammates and even smiling after feeding Abromaitis in the corner for another 3.

Notre Dame's previous record for 3-pointers was 19 against South Dakota on Dec. 2, 2008.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Remembering the Legacy of Kobe Bryant

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Remembering the Legacy of Kobe Bryant

SportsTalk Live is at the United Center as the NBA continues to mourn the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant. David Haugh and Jason Goff join Leila Rahimi on the panel.

0:00- Will Perdue joins the show to share his memories of Kobe and discuss how much of an idol he was for today's players

15:00- Leila, David and Jason discuss the impact Bryant's death had on them at a personal level

18:00- Kendall Gill joins the show to talk about Kobe's work ethic and the chats he would have with the legend long before the games they played against each other

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Cubs expressing interest in free agent second baseman Scooter Gennett

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Cubs expressing interest in free agent second baseman Scooter Gennett

The Cubs are expressing interest in free agent second baseman Scooter Gennett, according to WSCR’s Bruce Levine.

Gennett only played 42 games last season after suffering a severe right groin strain at the end of spring training. He made his season debut on June 28 and the Reds dealt him to the Giants at the trade deadline. San Francisco released him a month later.

Gennett, who turns 30 in May, posted a .226/.245/.323 slash line with two home runs and a woeful 44 wRC+ last season. He fared much better from 2017-18, slashing .303/.351/.508 with a 124 wRC+. He hit 27 and 23 homers those two seasons, making the All-Star team in 2018.

The Cubs don’t have a definitive starting second baseman entering spring training, though Nico Hoerner will get the chance to win the job out of camp. The 22-year-old turned heads during his 20-game call-up last September, hitting .282 with a .741 OPS and 17 RBIs.

Adding a veteran like Gennett could serve as a safety net in the event Hoerner struggles in spring or to open the season. Hoerner, the Cubs first-round pick in 2018, only has 89 minor-league games under his belt, so the Cubs may determine he needs a bit more seasoning to begin 2020.

There’s also the chance Gennett struggles in spring training, should the Cubs sign him. However, he’s yet another example of the type of low-risk, high-reward players they’ve accumulated this winter. If he’s fully healthy, he could be one of the biggest steals of the offseason.

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