Irish hoops hopes to 'flush' January away

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - As the temperatures continue to be bitter cold here in Michiana, so has the ACC stretch for the Notre Dame men's basketball team.

In their last two contests alone, the Irish lost both by at least twenty points which hasn't happened since Matt Doherty was leading the Blue and Gold during the 1999-20 season.

"Obviously, it was a rough stretch in January," Irish forward John Mooney said. "[We] played some of the best teams not only in the conference but in the country so sometimes you have to tip your hat. It's time to flush it. We have a lot of ball to play left. We have to flush January and get ready for February starting Saturday."

The Irish finished the month of January at a measly 1-7 in ACC play but they are confident things can turn around.

"I have tried to say, 'here we go,' February is fresh and let's go on the road and play," head coach Mike Brey said.

Notre Dame says January is over with and their approach is just to think positively and move on to February.

"We can still finish above .500 in this league and that's something we're trying to push to do," Irish guard TJ Gibbs said. "We're not going to just settle for being a mediocre team. We want to make some noise still. Once we get going, and figure out what we need to figure out, the sky is the limit."

Next up for Notre Dame, they'll hit the road to take on Boston College on Saturday.

The Eagles are the only team the Irish have defeated so far in ACC play.