GREENSBORO, N.C. — The No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish continued to trend in the wrong direction Sunday afternoon, losing to the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels 83-76 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The loss was Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive.
The Fighting Irish (17-7, 6-5 ACC) trailed the entire way, including by as much as 15 in the second half, but came all the way back to cut the lead to 75-73 with 3:53 left in the game before North Carolina stretched the lead and eventually dealt the knockout blow.
The game was relocated to Greensboro and postponed to Sunday due to the water shortage currently affecting the Chapel Hill area.
Notre Dame was led by V.J. Beachem with 20 points, but fought an uphill battle throughout the contest due to significant size disadvantages against North Carolina’s front-line. The matchup problems even forced Notre Dame into a zone defense at one point.
Of Notre Dame’s five conference losses thus far, four have come against teams ranked in the top 25. The schedule lightens a bit over the next few weeks, with five of their next six games coming against unranked opponents.
The Fighting Irish are next in action on Tuesday when they host Wake Forest.