Brey likes steps Irish have taken in February

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - It's no secret the Notre Dame men's basketball team has been struggling.

The Irish finished January at an underwhelming 1-7 overall.

Coach Mike Brey then told his team February is a new month - and to forget about January - and that's exactly what the Irish have done.

Midway through February, Notre Dame sits at 2-1 with wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech.

Brey says winning two of the past three games really has done a lot to help lift the team's spirits up.

But what Brey says has really helped the team get through this rough stretch the most is the players willingness to admit they need help to improve their game. He says that has made all the difference.

"The one thing about this group the whole time they come in every day," Brey said. "They are really coachable. I think our leadership has been great. It's easy to lead when you are 8-2 or 7-3 but when you are 2-8 and swinging and scratching and clawing that puts a little more pressure on your guys. We have great kids who come in and say, 'Okay coach us today and what do we need to do,' they are open to that."

Notre Dame plays Virginia this Saturday at 2 PM on ACC Network Extra.