Nov. 27, 2015
No. 17/18 Notre Dame (3-1, 0-0) vs. Iowa (3-1, 0-0)
Date: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
Site: HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
Talent: Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play); Tim Welsh (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Jordan Cornette (Analyst)
NOTRE DAME AND IOWA MEET IN ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL CONSOLATION GAME
- The No. 17/18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will play Iowa in the consolation bracket at 7:00 p.m. (ET) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Both teams enter the game with 3-1 records after suffering their first setbacks of the 2015-16 campaign last night. Notre Dame lost to Monmouth (70-68) in opening-round action, while the Hawkeyes dropped an 82-77 decision to Dayton.
- The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the action.
- A free audio broadcast will be available courtesy of WatchND. Jack Nolan will handle play-by-play duties, while Jordan Cornette will serve as analyst. The matchup is also available on ESPN Radio Channel 80 on both Sirius and XM.
- Friday night’s matchup with Iowa will be the 15th meeting between the two schools.
- The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 3, 2013 in Iowa City in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Iowa won the contest 98-93.
- Iowa opened the season with wins over Gardner-Webb (76-59), Coppin State (103-68) and Marqette (89-61) before last night’s loss to Dayton.
- Iowa is another high-scoring team as the Hawkeyes are averaging averaging 86.2 points per game and have topped 80-plus point mark twice this season.
- Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff leads Iowa in scoring at 16.8 point per game. Junior Peter Jok is the other Hawkeye player in double figures as he is averageing 13.3 ppg. l
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
- Notre Dame improved to 60-1 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey following Saturday’s 83-57 win over UMass Lowell.
- The only loss during that stretch was an 83-70 setback to Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2013.
NOTING THE MONMOUTH GAME
- Thursday night’s contest against Monmouth marked the sixth meeting between the two schools. Notre Dame had won the previous five matchups.
- Notre Dame fell to 49-8 all-time versus teams from the Metro Atlantic Conference.
- Notre Dame’s 68 points in the contests marked a season low for the Irish.
- The Irish held an eight-point advantage (37-29) at the break. It marked the first time since a 76-72 loss last year at Pittsburgh on Jan. 31, 2015 that the Irish led at halftime and then lost a game.
- For the second time this season all five starters were in double figures. The Irish, however, were outscored by the Monmouth bench 19-0 .
- Notre Dame missed nine free throws in the contest (8-17).
- Senior forward Zach Auguste and sophomore forward Bonzie Colson each recorded a double-double in the contest. Auguste registered a double-double for the third time in four games as he finished with 12 points and 13 boards while Colson posted the first of his career as he netted 10 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.
- Demetrius Jackson topped the 20-plus point mark for the third time in four games as he finished with team-high 20 points.
- This year’s AdvoCare Invitational is represented by teams from the following conferences — Alabama (SEC), Xavier (BIG EAST), Monmouth (Metro Atlantic Athletic), Wichita State (Missouri Valley), USC (Pac-12), Dayton (A-10) and Iowa (Big Ten).
- Here’s a look at how Notre Dame has stacked up against the teams that currently comprise those conferences: SEC (46-71), BIG EAST (338-208), MAAC (49-8), Missouri Valley (47-20), Pac-12 (39-42), A-10 (86-32) and Big Ten (266-232-1).
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE
- Senior forward Zach Auguste has scored in double figures in all four games this season and registered a double-double in three of Notre Dame’s first four games. He scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards against Monmouth last night.
- Auguste netted 15 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in the season opener versus St. Francis (Pa.), tallied 17 points and six boards against Milwaukee and scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over UMass Lowell.
- He has scored in double figures on 43 occasions during his career, grabbed 10-plus rebounds nine times and registered seven double-doubles in eight contests.
JACKSON DOUBLING IT UP
- Junior guard Demetrius Jackson leads the Irish with a career-best 20.5 points per game scoring average.
- Jackson has scored in double figures in all four games. He began the season by scoring 20-plus points in each of Notre Dame’s first two contests. Jackson scored a career-high 27 points in the season opener against St. Francis (Pa.) as he connected on 10-14 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. He followed that up with a 20-point effort versus Milwaukee that marked the first time in his career that he netted 20-plus points I back-to-back contests.
- He finished 20 points in the loss to Monmouth last night for the seventh 20-plus point effort of his career.
- In last Saturday’s win over UMass Lowell, he finished with 15 points.
- In all, Jackson has scored 20-plus points in seven games over the course of his collegiate career and netted double figures in 41contests.
BEACHEM ON THE BOARDS
- Junior foward V.J. Beachem is averaging career bests of 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.
- He registered double figures for the second time this season with his 14-point effort against Monmouth.
- Beachem also grabbed a career-high nine boards in the contest.
- Beachem has netted double figures 13 times during his career.
CALL HIM MR. CONSISTENT
- Junior guard Steve Vasturia has scored in double figures in all four games this season as he is averaging 11.8 points per game.
- Vasturia ended the 2014-15 campaign by netting double figures in each of Notre Dame’s last three games. His current seven-game double-figure scoring streak is the longest of his career and the longest active streak for any member of the Irish squad.
- Vasturia has netted double figures in 29 career outings.
NOTRE DAME TWO WINS FROM 1800
- The winning tradition of the Notre Dame men’s basketball program continues, as the Fighting Irish inch toward the 1800-win mark with an overall record of 1798-973 (.649).
- Notre Dame currently ranks ninth on the list of all-time winningest NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs, winning 64.9 percent of its contests. Kentucky ranks first with a win percentage of 76.4.
MAKING THE RANKS
- Notre Dame stands 17th in the Associated Press ranking and 18th in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll.
- Since entering the polls on Dec. 8, 2014, the Irish have been ranked in 18 consecutive polls — the final 15 weeks of the 2014-15 campaign and the first three polls of the 2015-16 season. That matches the longest streak for Notre Dame during Mike Brey’s tenure.
- Notre Dame also had a streak of appearing 18 straight times during the 2007-08 campaign and 2008-09. The Irish were ranked in the final seven polls of the 2007-08 campaign and the first 11 of the 2008-09 season.
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