Sept. 19, 2002
Notre Dame, Ind. –
The 2002-03 Notre Dame men’s basketball team will play 10 nationally-televised games which includes two appeances on CBS, one on ABC, four on ESPN and three on ESPN2 during the upcoming campaign. Highlighting the 27-game slate for third-year head coach Mike Brey and his team will be a December 7 matchup with defending national champion Maryland in the opening round of the BB&T Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, longtime non-conference foes Marquette and DePaul will both pay a visit to the Joyce Center in December for the first time since the mid-90’s.
Notre Dame will make national appearances on CBS against Kentucky (Sat., Jan. 18) at Rupp Arena and versus Georgetown (Sat., Mar. 8) at the MCI to close out the regular season. The lone ABC broadcast will occur when the Irish play host to BIG EAST West Division rival Pittsburgh on Sun., Feb. 9. Brey’s squad will appear on ESPN four times when it travels to Pittsburgh (Tue., Jan. 6), Boston College (Sat., Jan. 25) and Syracuse (Sat., Feb. 15) and when it plays host to Connecticut (Mon., Feb. 24). The ESPN2 appearances will be against in home games against Marquette (Mon., Dec. 2), Syracuse (Tue., Mar. 4) and in a road contest at Rutgers (Sat., Mar. 1).
Notre Dame, which will play 16 home contests during the upcoming season, opens up the campaign by playing host to the opening rounds of the Guardians Classic on Sun.-Mon., Nov 17-18. Brown will face IUPUI in the tournament’s first matchup, while the Irish will meet Belmont in the game. A matchup between the two losers and winners of each contest will take place the following night. The two winners from each opening round game will move on to the Municipal Auditorium Kansas City., Mo., for two semifinal games on Mon., Nov. 25 against either Creighton, Furman, Alabama State or Texas-Arlington. The consolation and championship games for the Classic will take place on Tue., Nov. 26.
In addition to the Guardians Classic, two other home games are scheduled for the month of November against Bucknell (Fri., Nov. 22) and Albany (Sat., Nov. 30).
The month of December features home contests against Marquette, DePaul (Sat., Dec. 14), Canisius (Sun., Dec. 22) and Vanderbilt (Mon., Dec. 30). Notre Dame plays in the BB&T Classic against the Terrapins on Sat., Dec. 7 and then will play either Texas or George Washington on Sun., Dec. 8.
The Irish open up 2003 with a matchup against Valparaiso at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Sat., Jan. 4 before opening up BIG EAST play on the road at Pittsburgh. Following that contest, Notre Dame returns to host league games against Seton Hall (Sun., Jan. 12) and Rutgers (Tue., Jan. 14). The Irish take to the road for their longest road stretch of the season with three consecutive outings versus Kentucky, Providence (Tue., Jan. 21) and Boston College (Sat., Jan. 25) before closing out the month with a home game against West Virginia (Wed., Jan. 29).
A matchup with Georgetown on Sat., Feb. 1 is the first of four home games for the Irish during the month of Febuary. Notre Dame faces Seton Hall in East Rutherford, N.J., on Wed., Feb. 5 before playing host to the Panthers. The Irish face Syracuse (Feb. 15) and West Virginia (Wed., Feb. 19) in back-to-back road contests before playing host to Virginia Tech on Sat., Feb. 22 and Connecticut (Feb. 24).
The Irish will play two of its three remaining regular season games on the road with matchups at Rutgers (March 1) and Georgetown (Mar. 8). The final home game of the regular season will be played on Mar. 4 against Syracuse.