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CRAWFORD | Louisville, Notre Dame, expect to work overtime when rivalry renews in ACC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WDRB) — No University of Louisville fan needs Google to know who Jerian Grant is.

Yes, he's back. Grant is a senior for Notre Dame, but as a sophomore he was a one-man demolition crew, scoring 12 points in the final 47 seconds of what had been a ho-hum Big East Conference matchup, three made three-pointers and a three-point play the old-fashioned way, to force overtime.

Notre Dame eventually won in five overtimes. ESPN's Dick Vitale missed the start of the fourth OT period to take a restroom break. The two rivals got a break last season when Notre Dame moved to the ACC while Louisville played a season in the American Athletic Conference, but they'll be back at it this season, and Grant is ready.

“Six, seven, eight overtimes?” he said when asked what he expected when the Fighting Irish and Louisville played this season. “I don't know if this league really realizes the rivalry we've built with Louisville. It's exciting. We both have a couple of guys left from those overtimes we played. Every now and then, when I watch Louisville, I remember that game a little bit. I probably won't forget that for a while.”

Nor has Notre Dame left the Louisville discussion. Cardinals' forward Montrezl Harrell said that Notre Dame came up on multiple occasions last season when the Cards faced teams that wanted to slow them down.

“They're so well-coached and they execute so well that we learned a lot just playing them,” Harrell said. “We'd come up against a team and say, ‘now these guys are like Notre Dame.' I can't say it's fun to play them but it's always exciting.”

As for playing in the ACC, Grant says Louisville players will notice some differences during their first run through the league.

"The crowds are great, and they're into it," he said. "Student sections are ready for you. They do your homework. Great talent, great coaches, great atmosphere. But Louisville is a big-time program and I'm sure they'll be ready for it."

Seven of the past 12 meetings between the teams have required overtime. They are scheduled to play just once this coming season, on March 4 in the KFC Yum! Center.

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