Notre Dame's offense is potent.
Notre Dame has been one of the best teams in the country and stayed in the top 15 for most of the year. There is a reason for that: they are absolutely potent offensively. Shooters all over the place combined with a skilled big man in Zach Auguste and one of the best players in the country in Jerian Grant make for one fun team to watch. As well as the Tigers played them last game, I couldn't help but wonder how they'd be able to match that performance against an offensive team as good as this one. Notre Dame went on to shoot 55% from the field. That is an astoundingly high percentage against this Clemson defense. I would agree that Clemson did not have their best defensive game by any means, but shooting 55% from the field is elite in college basketball today. Even with their size deficiencies, don't be surprised to see them make a run come March.
Blossomgame and Nnoko came to play.
As poorly as the team played and as much as the score reflects that, it should be noted that Jaron Blossomgame and Landry Nnoko showed up and produced. Blossomgame flashed more All-ACC potential and looked like a man on a mission at the beginning of the game scoring 17 of Clemson's 31 points in the first half, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists on 9-12 shooting. Notre Dame definitely made some half-time adjustments that affected his opportunities to score which opened the door for Nnoko to step up big in the second half. Nnoko was able to be active on the offensive glass early on against an undersized Notre Dame team, and this appeared to really energize him as he had one of his better games of the year finishing with a career-high 19 points and 9 rebounds. As well as these guys played, no one else was able to provide much help resulting in the loss.