3 takeaways after Virginia Tech beats Notre Dame to earn a bye in the ACC Tournament

The Hokies beat the Irish to head to the ACC Tournament on a three-game winning streak.
Virginia Tech v Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech v Pittsburgh / Justin K. Aller/GettyImages
2 of 3

Virginia Tech had trouble keeping Notre Dame out of the paint

Notre Dame is a very young team under first-year head coach Micah Shrewsbberry, who came over from Penn State. They have been playing good basketball since beating the Hokies in February and have wins over Clemson and Wake Forest recently. Their future is bright with the young talent they have Mike Young's team had a tough time keeping them out of the paint.

Markus Burton was able to beat his defender a lot of time off the dribble and finish at the basket and he he finished with 24 points. Micah's son, Braeden is another good guard and he finished with 10 points. Forward Rate Davis was a problem on the boards for the Hokies and he had 13 points and six rebounds, three on the offensive end. Julia Roper came off the bench and had 11 points for the Irish, but he too was able to get to the basket while also knokcing down two 3-pointers. Interior defense is going to be big for Virginia Tech in Washington if they hope to make a run.