NOTRE DAME 1. Zone offense. The Fighting Irish haven't been asked to score against a zone very often this year. Coach Kevin Corrigan will be emphasizing spacing, cutting and making proper decisions when the Wahoos whip out their 3-3 zone. 2. Don't let Virginia run roughshod over the middle of the field. The Cavaliers have a menacing force in Chris LaPierre, a ground ball machine and general wrecking ball who sets the tone with his energy plays and rugged attitude. Keep him quiet. 3. Defend Steele Stanwick. Notre Dame guards dodges out front better than it does pressure from behind. The Irish's "socialist" defensive philosophy allows for switches, but is that in their best interest when Randall switches off Stanwick? 4. Shoot at least 30 percent. This team is deep on offense but devoid of stars. The Irish have been looking sharp in their patterns, but none of that will matter if they revert to shooting 20 percent.
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