Notre Dame's 14-4 mark in ACC play matched the program's best single-season conference record. Mike Brey and the Irish went 14-4 in the BIG EAST in 2007-08 and 2010-11.

#11/9 Irish To Open ACC Tournament Play On Thursday

March 10, 2015

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2015 ACC Tournament
March 10-14
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, N.C.

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Broadcast on WatchND (free)
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Check affiliates on Pg. 3 of notes packet
Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
Torrian Jones (analyst)

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#11/9 NOTRE DAME TO OPEN ACC TOURNAMENT PLAY THURSDAY IN GREENSBORO
– No. 11/9 Notre Dame (26-5, 14-4 ACC) will open Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament play at 9 p.m. (ET) Thursday with a quarterfinal showdown inside the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
– The Fighting Irish earned the No. 3 seed and a double-bye for the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament. Notre Dame will face Miami (No. 6 seed), Wake Forest (No. 11 seed) or Virginia Tech (No. 14 seed) on Thursday.
– Thursday’s contest can be seen on ESPN2/WatchESPN and the ACC Network.
– A free audio broadcast for every Notre Dame game at the ACC Tournament will be available on WatchND. Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Torrian Jones (analyst) will be on the call. The broadcasts can also be heard on The Notre Basketball Radio Network headed by WSBT 96.1 FM and 960 AM in South Bend. A complete affiliate list is available on page 3 of this notes packet. The broadcasts also are available on Sirius/XM (check listings).
– This is Notre Dame’s second appearance in the ACC Tournament. The Irish were the No. 13 seed last season and fell to No. 12 seed Wake Forest, 81-69, in the first round.

IRISH PRODUCING ANOTHER SUPER SEASON
– This season’s 26 wins are tied for the third-most in Notre Dame history.
– Notre Dame’s 26 regular-season victories are the most for the program since the 1908-09 squad won 33 (33-7).
– Notre Dame has won at least 25 games four times in the last eight seasons, including twice in the last three campaigns.

CONFERENCE CALL
– This season’s 14-4 ACC mark matches Notre Dame’s top conference record. The Fighting Irish went 14-4 in BIG EAST play twice (2007-08 & 2010-11).
– Notre Dame has won at least 10 conference games five times in the last six seasons.
– Head coach Mike Brey has guided the Irish to at least 10 league wins in 10 of his 15 seasons in South Bend (nine times in the BIG EAST and once in the ACC).
– Under Brey, Notre Dame has had only three losing seasons in league play. Prior to Brey’s arrival at Notre Dame, the best league record for the Irish was 8-8 in 1999-2000 in year five as a member of the BIG EAST.

ACC IMPROVEMENT
– With a 14-4 record in league play, Notre Dame has a +8.0 game improvement from a year ago. That is the second-best single-season improvement in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Team              1st Year  2nd Year    Imp.North Carolina    5-11 (2010)   14-2 (2011) +9.0Notre Dame    6-12 (2014)   14-4 (2015) +8.0Clemson       3-11 (1986)   10-4 (1987) +7.0NC State      2-12 (1967)   9-5 (1968)  +7.0Wake Forest   5-9 (1959)    12-2 (1960) +7.0

ROAD WARRIORS
– Notre Dame finished its ACC road schedule with a 7-2 record. The Fighting Irish had never won six conference road games in a single campaign prior to this season.
– The Irish are 9-3 this season in games played away from Purcell Pavilion.
– In the 12 neutral/road games, Notre Dame has been outscored 429-418 in the first half, but the Irish own a 480-397 scoring advantage in the second half and overtime.

GOING BACK TO GREENSBORO
– Notre Dame will be making its third appearance inside the Greensboro Coliseum in the last four seasons. The Fighting Irish fell to Wake Forest, 81-69, in the first round of last year’s ACC tournament and Notre Dame dropped a 67-63 decision to Xavier in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Championship.

NOTRE DAME IN POSTSEASON CONFERENCE PLAY
– As a member of the BIG EAST Conference from 1995-2013, Notre Dame was 11-18 in its 18 appearances in the BIG EAST Championship. Under head coach Mike Brey, the Irish were 10-13 in BIG EAST tournament play.
– Notre Dame’s top BIG EAST Championship finishes were semifinal appearances in 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (all under Brey).
– Notre Dame was the only team to advance to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship in every season from 2010-13.

HIGH MARKS
– Notre Dame ranks in the top five nationally in five categories: field goal% (2nd, 51.0%), assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.65), fewest turnovers per game (3rd, 9.2), fewest personal fouls per game (4th, 14.0) and fewest turnovers (5th, 284).

GRANT KEEPS IRISH OFFENSE GOING
Jerian Grant has had a hand in 42.9 percent of Notre Dame’s 2,446 points this season. He’s netted a team-high 521 points and his team-best 207 assists have led to 528 Fighting Irish points.
– Grant has been involved in 142 of Notre Dame’s 260 made three-pointers this season (54.6%). He has deposited 45 treys and he’s assisted on 97.
– Grant has had a hand in 23 of Notre Dame’s 33 made three-pointers (70.0%) in the last five games. He has made four of those treys while assisting on 19.

GRANT HAS AN ALL-AROUND GAME
Jerian Grant is the only player in the country who is averaging at least 16.0 points per game, 6.0 assists per game and is shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field this season.
– Grant leads the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.22), assists per game (6.6) and total assists (207). He is second in the league in steals (56), free throws made (126) and minutes played (1131).
– He ranks seventh nationally in assists per game (6.6) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.22).
– Grant has scored 20-plus points a team-best 10 times this season (six ACC games). He netted a career-high 27 points versus Michigan State (Dec. 3).
– Grant posted 23 points and a career-high 12 assists in the 77-73 triumph of Duke on Jan. 28. His 12 assists were the most ever for an Irish player in an ACC game.
– He has four double-doubles this season and eight during his career. Grant has posted a double-double twice in the last five games. He tallied 24 points and 10 assists in the win over Wake Forest (Feb. 17) and followed that up with a 10-point, 11-assist effort at Boston College (Feb. 21).
– He became the first Notre Dame player with 10-plus assists in back-to-back games since Chris Thomas did so on Dec. 14 & 22, 2002.
– Grant’s 2.59 career assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth among active Division I players.

GRANT AMONG ALL-TIME NOTRE DAME GREATS
Jerian Grant is the only player in Notre Dame history with 1,600 points, 600 assists, 150 steals and 30 blocked shots.
– In Fighting Irish history, Grant ranks third in assists (644), fifth in steals (168), eighth in games started (110) and 13th in points (1,632).
– Grant and Chris Thomas are the only two players in program history to record 1,600 points and 600 assists. Thomas (2001-05) tallied 2,195 points and 833 assists for the Irish.

GRANT & BREY UP FOR NATIONAL AWARDS
Jerian Grant is a semifinalist for the Naismith Player of the Year Trophy and he is on the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award. He also is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
– Mike Brey is a semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

IRONMAN
– Senior Pat Connaughton has played in all 132 games during his career and has started all but 16 of those contests.
– Connaughton has started 113 consecutive games. He is the third player in Notre Dame history to start at least 100 straight games. Chris Thomas (2002-05) started all 128 games during his Fighting Irish career and Pat Garrity (1995-98) was in the starting lineup during all 111 contests of his career.

PAT’S A PLAYER
Pat Connaughton leads the Irish in rebounding (7.8 rpg.) and is second in scoring (12.6 ppg.).
– Connaughton has a team-best eight double-doubles this season (four in ACC play) and his 15 career double-doubles are the most for any current Irish player.
– Connaughton is second in the ACC (20th nationally) in three-point percentage (.430). He is third in the league in made three-pointers (80) and three-pointers per game (2.6).
– Connaughton ranks sixth in Notre Dame history in made three-pointers (255).
– He has made at least one three-pointer in 21 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak for the Fighting Irish.
– He is 22nd nationally (second in the ACC) in defensive rebounds per game (6.68) and he is eighth in the ACC in total rebounds per game (7.8).
– Connaughton has 1,382 points and 782 rebounds during his Irish career. He is the 10th player in program history with 1,300 points and 700 rebounds.

STARTING FIVE CONSISTENCY
Demetrius Jackson, Jerian Grant, Steve Vasturia, Pat Connaughton and Zach Auguste have been Notre Dame’s starting five in 29 of 31 games this season.
– Jackson, Grant, Vasturia and Connaughton have started every game this season, while Auguste has 29 starts.
– Last season, the Irish used 12 different starting lineups.

NO LOSING STREAKS
– The Fighting Irish are 5-0 after losses this season. The last Notre Dame team to not lose back-to-back games in the same campaign was the 1988-89 squad.

CASHING IN FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
– The Fighting Irish are 94-of-113 (.832) from the free throw line in the last five games. The hot stretch began with a 27-of-28 (.964) effort versus Wake Forest (Feb. 17).
– Notre Dame has made more free throws (440) than its opponents have attempted (417) this season.

HOT SHOTS
– Notre Dame boasts the nation’s second-best field goal percentage (.510).
– Seven Notre Dame players are shooting better than 45.0 percent from the field (min. 80 attempts) — Bonzie Colson (64.0%), Zach Auguste (61.5%), Demetrius Jackson (50.2%), Jerian Grant (49.4%), Steve Vasturia (48.1%), Pat Connaughton (46.3%) and V.J. Beachem (45.3%).
– The Irish shot a season-best 66.0 percent from the field against Boston College (Feb. 21). It was the third time this season (first in ACC play) that Notre Dame shot 60 percent from the floor.

TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL
– Notre Dame ranks third nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.65) and fewest turnovers per game (9.2).
– In the regular-season finale versus Clemson, the Fighting Irish had an assist on 20 of their 30 made field goals and they only turned the ball over four times. The 20 assists were the most ever for Notre Dame in an ACC contest. The four turnovers matched a season low (Michigan State) and were the fewest the Irish have ever had in an ACC game.
– The Irish committed less than 10 turnovers in 11 ACC games this season.

SPREADING THE WEALTH
– Five Fighting Irish players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game this season – Jerian Grant (16.8), Pat Connaughton (12.6), Demetrius Jackson (12.5), Zach Auguste (12.5) and Steve Vasturia (9.4).
– Notre Dame matched a season-best mark with six double-figure scorers in the win at Boston College (Feb. 21). The Irish also had six double-digit scorers versus Purdue (Dec. 20).
– Notre Dame has had at least four players reach double-figures in 26 of 31 games this season.
– The Fighting Irish have had five or more double-digit scorers on 10 occasions.
– Six different Notre Dame players (Auguste, Colson, Connaughton, Grant, Jackson, Vasturia) led the team in scoring during an ACC game this season.

FIGHTING IRISH GET OFFENSIVE
– Notre Dame is 12th nationally (second in the ACC) in scoring (78.9 ppg.).
– The Fighting Irish scored 80-plus points seven times in ACC play, which was tied with Duke for the most in the league.
– Notre Dame’s 78.9 points-per-game average is the highest since the Irish averaged 79.0 ppg. during the 2007-08 campaign.

20-POINT PERFORMERS
– Four different Irish players have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Jerian Grant has done it a team-best 10 times, while Zach Auguste (3), Demetrius Jackson (3) and Pat Connaughton (2) and also have netted 20-plus points on multiple occasions this season.

DRAINING FROM DEEP
– Notre Dame is 22nd nationally (first in ACC) in made three-point field goals (260) and 25th nationally (third in ACC) in three-point field goal percentage (.390).
– The Fighting Irish are 24th nationally (first in the ACC) in three-pointers per game (8.4).
– Notre Dame has made 10 or more treys in a game nine times this season (five times in ACC play).
– Notre Dame made a season-best 14 three-pointers (14-of-25) against Chicago State (Nov. 29).
– Three Irish players are shooting 40.0 percent or higher from three-point range (min. 90 att.) – Pat Connaughton (43.0%), Demetrius Jackson (42.5%) and V.J. Beachem (41.7%).
– Five Notre Dame players have made at least 40 treys this season – Connaughton (80), Steve Vasturia (47), Jerian Grant (45), Jackson (45) and Beachem (40).

AUGUSTE STAYS HOT FROM THE FIELD
– Junior forward Zach Auguste ranks seventh nationally (second in the ACC) in field goal percentage (.615).
– Auguste concluded the regular season with a 19-point effort in Saturday’s win over Clemson. He was 9-of-13 from the floor against the Tigers en route to his 23rd double-digit effort of the season (12th in ACC play).
– Auguste has been perfect from the field three times this season – 9-9 vs. Coppin State, 7-7 vs. Northern Illinois, 5-5 vs. Grambling State. His performance against Coppin State tied a Notre Dame record for most field goals without a miss in a single game.
– Auguste netted a career-high 26 points against Florida State in the ACC opener. Those are the most points ever scored by an Irish player in an ACC game. He made a career-best 11 field goals (on 15 attempts) versus the Seminoles. That was his third 20-plus point effort of the season (20 vs. Navy, 21 vs. Coppin State).
– Auguste is averaging 12.5 points per game after posting a 6.7 ppg. mark last season (+5.8).

ACTION JACKSON
– Sophomore point guard Demetrius Jackson has netted double-figures in each of the last two games, including a 21-point effort in the win at Louisville on March 4. Those were the most points he’s ever scored in an ACC game.
– Jackson scored in double-figures in 14 of 18 ACC games this season.
– Jackson pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in the win over Boston College on Feb. 4. He is the third different Irish player with 10 or more rebounds in a game this season (Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton are the others).
– Jackson ranks seventh in the ACC in steals (50). He had four steals in last Wednesday’s win at Louisville.
– He has netted a career-high 22 points twice this season (Michigan State & Purdue).
– Jackson is averaging 12.5 points per game after notching a 6.0 mark last season (+6.5).

STEVE ON A HOT STREAK
– Sophomore guard Steve Vasturia has registered a double-digit point total seven times in the last nine games. He has reached double-figures 16 times this season (10 ACC games).

CAREER-HIGH OUTPUTS FOR COLSON
– In the last four games, freshman forward Bonzie Colson is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. He is 21-of-26 (.808) from the field in those four contests. Colson is averaging those figures while playing just 18.8 minutes per game in those games.
– Colson recently posted a career-high point total in three straight games. He tallied 16 points against Boston College (Feb. 21) and Syracuse (Feb. 24) before posting 17 points at Louisville (March 4).
– Colson was 7-of-7 from the field against Louisville and he also pulled down a career-best nine rebounds while playing a career-high 26 minutes.

COMEBACK KIDS
– Notre Dame has overcome a deficit of 10 points or larger en route to a victory six times this season (see breakdown on Pg. 5).
– The Irish are 6-3 this season when trailing at halftime. All six wins have come in ACC play.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
– The Irish are 7-3 this season in games decided by five points or less (6-2 in ACC play).
– Eleven of Notre Dame’s 18 ACC contests were decided by eight points or less and the Irish were 8-3 in those games.
– Last season, Notre Dame was 6-7 in games decided by five points or less.

OVERTIME EXCELLENCE
– The Irish are 3-0 in overtime games this season (vs. Michigan State, vs. Georgia Tech [2ot], at NC State).
– The Fighting Irish are 9-1 in their last 10 overtime contests.
– Notre Dame has won its last five overtime games that have taken place at a true road site.
– Notre Dame is 19-10 in overtime under head coach Mike Brey.

FIGHTING IRISH POST ANOTHER 20-WIN CAMPAIGN
– Notre Dame has notched at least 20 wins in eight of the last nine seasons. Last season (15-17 record) was the only time the Irish failed to hit that mark during this latest stretch.
– The Fighting Irish have reached the 20-win plateau 11 times in 15 seasons under head coach Mike Brey. The most wins for the Irish under Brey are 27 (27-7) in 2010-11.

IRISH PRODUCE 600TH WIN AT PURCELL PAVILION
– The 77-73 victory over Duke on Jan. 28 was the 600th win for Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Irish teams are 603-158 (.792) since the building opened during the 1968-69 campaign.
– The Fighting Irish went 17-2 this season at Purcell Pavilion.
– Notre Dame squads have produced five undefeated campaigns at Purcell Pavilion (three under Mike Brey) — 1973-74 (15-0), 1985-86 (15-0), 2006-07 (18-0), 2007-08 (17-0) and 2010-11 (17-0).

BREY NOTCHES 400TH CAREER WIN
– Notre Dame’s season-opening victory over Binghamton was Mike Brey’s 400th career win as a college head coach. He has registered a 425-216 (.663) record in 19-plus seasons at Delaware and Notre Dame.
– Brey earned his 300th win at Notre Dame last season. He has compiled a 326-164 (.665) record in his 14-plus seasons in South Bend. He is one of 20 active head coaches to have 300 or more Division I victories at their current institution.
– Brey is one win away from tying George Keogan for second on Notre Dame’s all-time wins list. Keogan notched a 327-97 mark from 1923-43. Digger Phelps sits atop the list with a 393-197 record from 1971-91.

IRISH ATHLETICS TO HONOR FATHER HESBURGH
– The University of Notre Dame athletics department will commemorate the legacy of long-time University president Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., in a number of ways. Father Hesburgh died February 26 at age 97. He served as University president from 1952-87.
– Notre Dame athletic teams will wear “Fr. Ted” patches or stickers on some combination of their uniforms, warm-ups or helmets.
– Moments of silence will be observed prior to home events in each of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports.
– In the near future, there will be commemorative signage created for each Notre Dame home athletic venue–to be featured either on the field or court itself or displayed elsewhere at the facility.

CAPTAIN CONNAUGHTON
– Senior Pat Connaughton is Notre Dame’s lone captain for the 2014-15 season. Connaughton served as one of four captains for the Irish a year ago and becomes the 22nd different Notre Dame men’s basketball player to serve as a captain in multiple seasons.
– Since the 1985-86 campaign, only four other players have served as lone captains for their Irish teams– Ken Barlow (1985-86), Tim Singleton (1990-91), Ryan Hoover (1995-96) and Rob Kurz (2007-08).

FIGHTING IRISH IN ITALY
– In early August, the Fighting Irish squad traveled to Italy for a 10-day, four-game foreign tour. Notre Dame posted a 4-0 record. The Irish visited Rome, Perugia, Pesaro, Venice and Como during the trip.
– It was the program’s first foreign tour since 2008 when the Irish ventured to Ireland for 13 days.

CONNAUGHTON DRAFTED BY ORIOLES
– The Baltimore Orioles selected Irish swingman Pat Connaughton in the fourth round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft. He was the 121st pick overall.
– Connaughton spent part of June and July pitching for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Class A Orioles’ affiliate.
– Connaughton finished his Fighting Irish baseball career last spring. He posted a 3.03 ERA and had an 11-11 record on the mound during his three seasons. He fanned 105 batters in 154.2 innings pitched.

IRISH FIRST AGAIN IN GRADUATION RATE SUCCESS
– The University of Notre Dame once again claims the 2014 national championship for graduating student-athletes in all sports–in the process posting the top NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figure (99) for its student-athletes for the eighth straight year.
– The GSR number for all Notre Dame student-athletes rates the Irish first among the football-playing institutions in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The 2014 NCAA figures are based on entering classes from 2004 through 2007.
– Twenty-one of Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s athletic programs posted GSR numbers that rank them best in the nation within their sports (including 20 perfect 100 scores)– and 11 produced federal graduation rates that led all NCAA FBS institutions (including eight perfect 100 scores). Men’s basketball at 100 tied for first with 14 other schools.
– Five Irish women’s programs had perfect 100 federal rates ranking them first within their sports among the NCAA FBS subset. Six Irish men’s programs had federal rates ranking them first within their sports (three with perfect 100 scores) among the NCAA FBS subset. Men’s basketball at 85 ranked tied for first with Penn State.
– Five Irish women’s programs had perfect 100 federal rates ranking them first within their sports among the NCAA FBS subset. Six Irish men’s programs had federal rates ranking them first within their sports (three with perfect 100 scores) among the NCAA FBS subset. Men’s basketball at 85 ranked tied for first with Penn State.