Notre Dame's Farrell making case as nation's most improved

AP photoNotre Dame player Matt Farrell (left) and brother Bo embrace after Bo, home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, surprised Matt after an Irish basketball game in December.

NOTRE DAME — Straying from his typical easy-going, no-panic style of guiding his players through sticky situations, Irish men's basketball head coach Mike Brey instead became ticked off and fired up last Saturday when his team played a lifeless first half and trailed 40-33 at home to Clemson.

Throwing some "stuff" around the locker room that included, but wasn't limited to, a few expletives, Brey's halftime rant was meant for his entire Notre Dame team, but it was directed at one player in particular.

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