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Notre Dame makes first March Madness major conference buzzer beater over Wake Forest

The Irish hit a bomb with the ball in the air as the horn sounds to advance in the ACC Tournament.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Prentiss Hubb dribbles the ball past Wake Forest Demon Deacons guard Quadry Adams during the first half in the first round of the 2021 ACC men’s basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The final game of opening day at the 2021 ACC Tournament certainly ended the best way a March college basketball session can: With a walk-off buzzer beater for the win. That’s what the No. 11 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish did to top the No. 14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Tie game, five seconds left... ND’s Cormac Ryan makes the block on one end, dribbles up court, hits Trey Wertz as the trailer...

Drive home safely. Gorgeous.

Ryan certainly found the right guy, as Wertz was 5-6 from the field and 4-5 from three-point range during the game. It’s probably why he started celebrating when the ball was still in the air.

Yeah, go back and watch the replay again. He really did that.

The Irish advance to face the North Carolina Tar Heels tomorrow night at 9 p.m. They’ll be a big underdog. But no matter what, they’ll go home with a great memory from the tournament.