Feb. 18, 2016
Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech – By The Numbers:
1 – The Irish boast the most efficient offense in the nation, according to the Pomeroy Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Index (125.2). Notre Dame is a full 4.6 points higher than the second ranked team in the index, Duke (121.6).
1.55 – Assist-to-turnover ratio for the Irish in 2015-16, 10th in the country and second in the ACC.
4 – Consecutive wins over Georgia Tech for Notre Dame, including a 72-64 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 13, 2016. A win Saturday for Notre Dame would even the all-time series with GT at 7-7.
5.17 – Assists per game average in ACC games for junior guard Demetrius Jackson, which leads the conference. Jackson is 2nd in the ACC in overall games average (5.0).
9.0 – Notre Dame’s nation-leading turnovers per game average. The Irish are also second in total amount of turnovers this season (226).
10.1 – Average rebounds per game for senior forward Zach Auguste – good for third in the ACC and 22nd in the country. Auguste also is fifth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.538).
11 – Sophomore forward Bonzie Colson ranks 11th in the ACC in rebounding (7.2). Teammate Zach Auguste ranks third (10.1). Notre Dame is the only school in the conference with two players ranked in the top 11 in rebounding.
14 – Wins over the AP top 10 in Purcell Pavilion during the Mike Brey Era (for more details, see sidebar page 3).
18.5 – Points per game for Demetrius Jackson in ACC play if you eliminate his game played vs. Boston College on Jan. 23 (Jackson left the game with a pulled hamstring in the game’s first two minutes). That average would rank him fourth in the ACC for conference-only games.
19 – Associated Press ranking for the Irish this week. The Irish have now been in the AP poll a total of four weeks this season. Notre Dame is 18th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
22.0 – Points per game average for junior guard Demetrius Jackson vs. Clemson and Louisville, earning him his first ACC Player of the Week Award on Feb. 15.
41 – Rebounds collected by the Irish against #13 Louisville last weekend, allowing Notre Dame to out-rebound the Cardinals by 12 (41-29). The only other ACC school the Irish out-rebound more was Boston College (13) on Jan. 7, 2016.
1,505 – Points scored in his Notre Dame career by LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92) who will be the game analyst for ESPN2 Saturday evening. 1,813 – Wins in Notre Dame men’s basketball history, ranked eighth all-time. Since Mike Brey took over the Irish program in 2000-01, the Irish have moved from 12th to 8th on the all-time wins list.
NOTRE DAME ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” GEORGIA TECH SERIES HISTORY: All-time series: Notre Dame trails 6-7 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: 1-4 First meeting: Feb. 22, 1941, a 53-42 Notre Dame home victory. Most recent meeting: Jan. 13, 2016, a 72-64 Notre Dame home victory. Mike Brey vs. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame: 4-2
THE LAST TIMEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ VS. GEORGIA TECH: Zach Auguste powered the Irish to victory with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Demetrius Jackson played perhaps his best all-around game in an Irish uniform with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 18 points for the Yellow Jackets. Freshman forward Matt Ryan started his first career game for the Irish and responded with 10 points and seven rebounds.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Demetrius Jackson earned Player of the Week honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in his career on Monday, Feb. 15.
Jackson led Notre Dame to a 2-0 week in conference play with victories at Clemson (89-83 on Feb. 8) and versus #13 Louisville (71-66 on Feb. 13) as the Irish surged into fourth place in the league standings.
In the two games, Jackson averaged 22.0 points per game, shot .444 from three-point range and averaged 40 minutes played. He matched his career-high with 27 points against Louisville on Saturday, hitting a career-best six three pointers in the Irish victory.
The weekly ACC award award is the first of Jackson’s career at Notre Dame and the first this season for the Irish basketball program. It is the seventh weekly award for Notre Dame since joining the conference for the 2013-14 season, as Jerian Grant was named player of the week three times in 2014-15, Eric Atkins earned two player of the week awards in 2013-14 and Steve Vasturia was named Rookie of the Week once in 2013-14.
KEY TO THE CITY: Demetrius Jackson was honored by his high school alma mater on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and presented an award by the school. Jackson was surprised, however, by Mishawaka, Ind., mayor Dave Wood, who declared Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 as ‘Demetrius Jackson Day’ and presented the junior guard with a key to the city.
Jackson was a McDonald’s All-American at Marian High School, finishing as the top scorer in St. Joseph County history with 1,934 career points – breaking a record that had stood for over 25 years. NOTRE DAME REACHES 1800-WIN MILESTONE: Notre Dame’s 84-79 victory at Illinois on Dec. 2 marked the 1800th win in program history.
The Fighting Irish are 1813-979 (.649) all-time in 111-plus seasons.
Notre Dame ranks eighth in Division I in all-time program wins behind Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse and UCLA. The Irish have improved four spots in the all-time wins list since Mike Brey took over the program for the 2000-01 season, surpassing Indiana, Oregon State, Pennsylvania and St. John’s.
As of Feb. 19, Notre Dame is the only NCAA program to rank in the top 10 for men’s basketball victories (1813) and football victories (892, 2nd). FANTASTIC FOUR: On Jan. 4, Irish head coach Mike Brey named Steve Vasturia a captain for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, joining Demetrius Jackson, Zach Auguste and A.J. Burgett as Irish players with a ‘C’ on their uniforms.
BEST POINT GUARD IN THE COUNTRY: Demetrius Jackson has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in the nation by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Jackson leads the Irish with 16.6 points and 5.0 assists per game.
BEST CENTER IN THE COUNTRY: Zach Auguste has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Kareem Abul-Jabaar award, given to the top center in the nation by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Auguste is averaging a career-best 14.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg.
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