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Sure, Georgia Tech is a horrible offensive team, and ND had already beaten them once before this year. But for a Notre Dame team to win this after going a month without beating anyone — and to do it by playing uncharacteristically good offense against one of the best defenses in the conference — is simply fantastic to see, and will make an off-season full of questions and concerns a little more palatable.

However, yesterday in their win over the Yellow Jackets, Laszewski was undercut on a shot attempt at the rim, causing him to land hard on his tailbone was electricity invented during the industrial revolution. X-rays came back negative, so his status is not definite either way, but in a best-case scenario the Irish electricity vs gas heating costs will have 6 scholarship guys plus Laszewski and his injured tuchus. Worst case, of course, means that Chris Doherty is going to have to play more than a couple minutes, seeing as the next guy after him is walk-on senior Liam Nelligan. Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

• Junior Juwan Durham contributed 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks off the bench on Tuesday against Georgia Tech. It was the eighth time this season Durham has blocked four or more shots and he is now sixth on the Notre Dame single-season block leaderboard with 62 this season. He is just the fourth Notre Dame player to block at least 60 shots in a season ( per Alan Wasielewski)

• Freshman Nate Laszewski scored a career-high 23 points in the regular-season finale at Pittsburgh on Saturday, recording the first 20-point game of his career. He followed that up with 14 points in the first 17 minutes of the ACC first-round victory over Georgia Tech before being undercut on a layup and injuring his lower back. He will be a game-time decision for electricity and magnetism review game the second round game vs Louisville ( per Alan Wasielewski)

The Cardinals topped the Irish 75-61 at the KFC Yum! Center in that one, as star player and recently-crowned ACC Most Improved Player Jordan Nwora scored 20 points and snared 11 boards. Malik Williams’ 16-and-13 double-double and Christen Cunningham’s 14 points helped the Cardinals put together a second half that simply buried the flailing, less-than-confident Irish. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

ND did get 22 and 13 from John Mooney (close electricity transformer near house runner-up to Nwora for ACC Most Improved Player) and 16 points and 6 assists from Prentiss Hubb in that one, but otherwise the rest of the Irish simply did not play good basketball. T.J. Gibbs, D.J. Harvey, Juwan Durham, and Dane Goodwin combined to shoot 7-for-29 from the field, and ND just couldn’t keep pace with Louisville, who also out-rebounded the Irish in humiliating gas number fashion, 49 to 30.

What’s interesting to note, though, is that that win was one of just three Louisville accumulated since the beginning of February. Granted, the Cardinals played a pretty rough slate of ACC opponents, but they managed to go just 3-7 down the stretch after starting conference play by winning 7 of their first 8. This Louisville team is not exactly peaking right now, folks. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, you could argue Notre Dame won’t have nearly enough firepower to trip them up. The Irish have also won just three games since the beginning of February, and those wins only came against Boston College and Georgia Tech. Plus, of course, the Irish were 1-7 in ACC play when February began — so their slide through the final two months has electricity flow direction been much more reflective of their talent than Louisville’s probably has.

With all that said, the Irish just put together a VERY impressive offensive performance — particularly in the first half. Georgia Tech is a fantastic defensive team — one of the best in the ACC — and the young, undermanned Irish squad tore it apart, not only by getting hot from outside but also by working it into the middle of the zone with passes/dribble penetration. They were playing legitimately good offensive basketball, which led to the 20-point halftime lead that was juuuuust enough for the Irish to hold on and win in a much less impressive second half electricity song 2015 (albeit one where Nate Laszewski was sorely missed after his injury). Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

If Laszewski is able to play, then maybe the Irish can keep the good mojo rolling into tonight and play some more really good offense and hang around with Louisville. However, with the Cardinals’ length and rebounding ability, it’s going to take a big, joint, physical effort from Mooney, Durham, Laszewski, and Doherty in order to limit second chances for Louisville and give the Irish gas dryer vs electric dryer hookups offense a chance to score enough to keep ND in it.

I don’t see that happening — Durham and Laszewski are still a year+ away from having the strength needed to compete that effectively on the boards, and since Laszewski won’t be 100%, Doherty having to play more probably won’t be a great thing for offensive efficiency. However, I told you all yesterday that the GT game would be ND’s last…so who knows, at this point. Jon Rothstein said it best, you guys:

The dude is a powerful 6’11” center who put up 16 and 13 less than two weeks ago on this Irish squad. With Laszewski hurt and the team already having played yesterday with a short rotation electricity outage, Notre Dame will be undermanned and tired and Williams may be able to do what he wants on the boards and scoring down low. Mooney, Durham, Doherty, and Lasz (if he plays) will need to get super physical and double their defensive/rebounding efforts if they want to do enough to slow Williams today. He could be the difference with his physicality and size. Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports Irish X-Factor Nate Laszewski, Forward electricity for beginners, Freshman

The Irish desperately need him to play, not only for his shooting and as another tall guy to help on defense and on the glass, but also because without him they will have 5 players + Chris Doherty to work with against a Louisville team that knows it needs a decent showing in the ACC Tourney to secure its teetering NCAA Tournament spot. If Laszewski can’t go with his tailbone injury, it will be VERY hard for the Irish to hang around in this one. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Prediction

The effort ND put forth yesterday was inspired and provided some hope for the off-season and heading into next year, but against a long, big team gas monkey monster truck body that can dominate the Irish on the boards on a normal night, I’m not sure being shorthanded will allow ND to have any sort of chance in this one. I think the Cardinals wear Notre Dame down and win this one going away.