Nov. 24, 2015
No. 17/18 Notre Dame (3-0, 0-0) vs. Monmouth (2-1, 0-0)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
Site: HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Game Time: 6:30 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)
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NOTRE DAME HEADS TO ORLANDO FOR 2015 ADVOCARE INVITATIONAL
- The No. 17/18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet Monmouth at 6:30 p.m. (ET) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the HP Fieldhouse at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in first-round action of the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational.
- The game will be broadcast on ESPNU 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.
- Notre Dame will meet either Iowa or Dayton in its second game of the tournament on Friday.
- Thursday night’s matchup with Monmouth will be the sixth meeting between the two schools.
- The Hawks enter the game with a 2-1 record and have played all three of their games on the road.
- Monmouth opened the season with an 84-81 overtime victory at UCLA on Nov. 13 and then three days later dropped a 101-90 decision at USC. The Hawks rebounded from the loss to the Trojans by posting an 82-74 victory at Drexel on Nov. 21.
- Monmouth is averaging 85.3 points per game and has topped 80-plus points in each of its first three contests.
- Junior Justin Robinson leads the Hawks in scoring as he is averaging 24.0 points per game. Three other players average double figures as well – Micah Seaborn (12.0 ppg.), Colin Stewart (12.0 ppg.) and Deon Jones (10.3 ppg.).
- This is the second time that Notre Dame will be competing in this event (formerly known as the Old Spice Classic).
- The Fighting Irish claimed the title in 2010 with a double-overtime 89-83 victory over Georgia in first-round action, followed by a 57-44 win over California in the semifinals and then a 58-51 win over Wisconsin in the championship game.
- Tim Abromaitis was named the tournament MVP.
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 UMASS LOWELL GAME
- Four of Notre Dame’s five starters scored in double figures in the 83-57 victory over the Red Hawks on Saturday.
- Zach Auguste registered his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career, as he led all scorers and rebounders with 19 points and 10 boards. Auguste connected on 7-11 shots from the field. He also dished off three assists and made three steals.
- Demetrius Jackson finished with his third consecutive double-figure scoring effort of the season as he netted 15 points, dished off five assists and made three steals. Steve Vasturia added 12 points and Bonzie Colson netted double figures for the second consecutive outing as he tallied 11 points.
- Notre Dame shot 46.8% from the field and converted 13-29 (.448) from three-point range.
- The Irish outrebounded the Hawks 43-31 in the contest.
- 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 (49-7), 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 three games this season and registered a double-double in two of Notre Dame’s first three games.
- 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 42 occasions during his career, grabbed 10-plus rebounds eight times and registered seven double-doubles in seven contests.
- Auguste is averaging a double-double this season at 17.0 ppg. and 10.0 rpg.
JACKSON DOUBLING IT UP
- Junior guard Demetrius Jackson leads the Irish with a career-best 20.7 points per game scoring average.
- Jackson has scored in double figures in all three 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.
- In Saturday’s win over UMass Lowell, he finished with 15 points.
- In all, Jackson has scored 20-plus points in six games over the course of his collegiate career and netted double figures in 40 contests.
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 1798-972 (.649).
- Notre Dame currently ranks ninth on the list of all-time winningest NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs, winning 65.0 percent of its contests. Kentucky ranks first with a win percentage of 76.4.
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