Ryan Ayers put up 10 points against Savannah State.

#7/10 Irish Set To Ring In 2009 With New Year's Eve Contest In BIG EAST Opener At DePaul

Dec. 30, 2008

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Notre Dame (9-2, 0-0) at DePaul (8-5, 0-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 – 7:00 p.m. (CST.)
All-state arena (18,500) – Rosemont, Ill.

Radio: Jack Nolan (play-by-play analyst)
LaPhonso Ellis (color analyst)

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Irish Open Up BIG EAST Conference Slate At DePaul

  • Notre Dame (9-2) opens up BIG EAST play on the road against DePaul (8-5) as the Irish embark upon a challenging start to the conference season with three games scheduled in five days. Following tonight’s contest, Coach Mike Brey’s squad heads to New York City to take on St. John’s on Jan. 3 and then faces Georgetown on Jan. 5 in its conference home opener.
  • Today’s game will be the lone meeting between the two schools this season and the 99th matchup in the long and storied history of the series. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 54-44 and has won three straight over the Blue Demons. The Irish were victorious twice against DePaul last season with an 89-80 victory at the Joyce Center and a 98-91 win at All-State Arena.
  • The Irish will open up the conference slate by playing four of its first six games on the road. Following a two-game homestand that features the Hoyas and Seton Hall (Jan. 10), Notre Dame travels to Louisville (Jan. 12) and Syracuse (Jan. 17)
  • Notre Dame does have one non-conference game left on its slate as the Irish travel to Los Angeles, Calif., on Feb. 7 to take on the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.

Irish In BIG EAST Openers

  • Notre Dame is 7-6 all-time in BIG EAST openers and 4-4 under head coach Mike Brey.
  • This will be the 10th time in 14 seasons that the Irish will be opening up BIG EAST play on the road.

Ringing In The New Year

  • Notre Dame is 17-11-1 all-time when playing on New Year’s Eve. The lone tie was a 20-20 deadlock against Northwestern in 1935.
  • The Irish have won each of the last four times they have played on New Year’s Eve.
  • Notre Dame last played on Dec. 31 last season when it defeated North Florida 77-58. The Irish are 1-0 when playing on New Year’s Eve under head coach Mike Brey

History Made

  • Notre Dame’s 93-61 victory on Nov. 30 against Furman marked the 39th straight home victory at the Joyce Center as the Irish eclipsed the all-time school record – a 60-year old mark – of 38 consecutive wins at the old Notre Dame Fieldhouse set from 1943-48. The win over Savannah State on Dec. 22 pushed the streak to 43 consecutive victories, the second-longest active streak among all Division I schools.
  • Notre Dame’s streak extends three-plus seasons as the Irish have not lost since suffering an 80-72 setback to Marquette on Feb. 25, 2006.

Big Numbers

  • Luke Harangody’s 23 points and 13 rebounds against Savannah State marked his fourth straight 20-plus outing and third double-double in the last four games since returning to the Irish lineup against Ohio State on Dec. 6 after missing the Furman and South Dakota contests because of pneumonia. It’s the third time in his career that he has scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games. Harangody did it twice in 2007-08.
  • Luke Harangody returned to the Irish lineup against Ohio State after missing the Furman and South Dakota contests because of pneumonia. Harangody became ill following Notre Dame’s win over Texas on Nov. 26, but did play in the loss to top-ranked North Carolina in the championship of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
  • Since his return, Harangody has averaged 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in four games.

McAlarney Becomes 49th 1000-Point Scorer

  • In Notre Dame’s last outing against Savannah State, senior Kyle McAlarney became the 49th player in the 104-year history of the program to score 1000 points. He has scored 1002 points in 85 career outings for an 11.8 average. McAlarney is averaging a career-best 17.2 points this season.

Points A Plenty

  • Notre Dame is averaging 83.2 points per game this season and has topped the 80-point mark in all but three contests and scored 90-plus points in three games.
  • The Irish’s 102-point outburst against South Dakota marked the 10th time during Mike Brey’s tenure that Notre Dame topped the 100-point plateau.
  • Notre Dame’s 62 points against Ohio State marked its lowest output of the season.

In The Polls

  • Notre Dame is ranked 7th (matching its highest ranking of the year) in the Associated Press and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today polls this week. The Irish began the year ranked ninth and climbed to as high as seventh in both rankings. That was the highest ranking for Notre Dame since the 2002-03 campaign when the Irish climbed to fifth in the AP poll and sixth in the ESPN/USA Today ranking in the second week of January 2003.

Harangody, McAlarney On Naismith Watch List

  • Senior Kyle McAlarney and junior Luke Harangody are among BIG EAST players named to the 50-player Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List. The other conference players named to the team were: Jeff Adrien (Connecticut), DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh), Earl Clark (Louisville), Dominic James (Marquette), Jerel McNeal (Marquette), A.J. Price (Connecticut), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut) and Sam Young (Pittsburgh).

Keeping The Streak Alive

  • Notre Dame ran its current home court win streak to 43 games (second-longest in the nation and longest in the 40-plus year history of the Joyce Center) following its win over Savannah State (81-49) on Dec. 22t. The Irish have recorded back-to-back undefeated campaigns at the Joyce Center each of the last two seasons and Notre Dame is the the only school in BIG EAST history to finish undefeated at home in consecutive seasons. The previous mark of 38 consecutive games, which the Irish tied in the season opener against USC Upstate was set at the Notre Dame Fieldhouse and began with a 41-31 win over Wisconsin on December 11, 1943 and ended with a 68-51 loss to St. Louis on February 9, 1948.

The Captains

Irish Set Records With Three-Point Barrage

  • With its 19 three-pointers against South Dakota, Notre Dame set school and Joyce Center records for three-point field goals in a game. The single-game record previously was 17 set against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2006.
  • The 19 treys also were the most by the Irish and an opposing team at the Joyce Center. The most ever for a Notre Dame team at the Joyce Center was 16 versus Loyola (Ill.) on Nov. 20, 2000. The most three-pointers by an opponent at the Joyce Center is held by Villanova as they connected on 16 on Jan. 7, 1999.

Bombs Away

  • Notre Dame is averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game this season and is shooting 42.0 from beyond the three-point stripe (110-262).
  • The Irish have made 36 more three-pointers (110-74) and are averaging 3.3 more three-pointers than their opponents.
  • After making just 11 three-pointers in their first two games, the Irish have made 99 and averaged 11.0 per game over the last nine outings and made 10-plus three-pointers in five of those nine contests.
  • Notre Dame has made 78 (11.1) three-pointers in their last seven games.

Series Record Vs. DePaul

  • After meeting twice during each of the last two seasons, tonight’s matchup will be the lone meeting between the two schools.
  • This will be the 99th meeting with the Irish holding a 54-44 advantage in the series. Notre Dame has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The two teams have met six times as BIG EAST foes with the Irish winning four of those contests.
  • Mike Brey is 7-3 all-time versus DePaul.

The Irish At Allstate Arena

  • Notre Dame is 6-12 all-time at Allstate Arena (formerly the Rosemont Horizon) and are 3-11 overall there against DePaul. Notre Dame also has played Northwestern (0-1), Virginia (1-0) and Loyola-Chicago (2-0) at Allstate.

Irish In The National Statistics

  • Luke Harangody ranks 11th in scoring (22.6) and sixth in rebounding (11.9).
  • Kyle McAlarney stands in three-point field goals made (4.07) and is 18th in three-point field percentage (.485).
  • As a team, Notre Dame ranks second in turnovers (9.2), 12th in scoring offense (83.4), 20th in scoring margin (+16.9), third in assists (19.7) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.419).

Big Win Against Hoosiers

  • Notre Dame’s 88-50 win over Indiana in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational marked the largest margin of victory ever for an Irish team in the 68th meeting between the two schools. It also marked the second straight win for Notre Dame against the Hoosiers. The two teams have not played each other since a 55-45 victory in Bloomington, Ind., on Dec. 8, 2004.

Rare 30-30 Outing

  • Kyle McAlarney became the first player since Troy Murphy in 2000 to record back-to-back 30-point outings. McAlarney’s 32-point outing against Furman on Saturday came just four days after he scored a career-high 39 points against North Carolina.
  • The last Notre Dame player to score 30-plus in consecutive games was Troy Murphy when he netted 31 at the Joyce Center versus Loyola Marymount (1-2-00) and 33 against Connecticut (1-5-00) at the Hartford Civic Center.

Thirty Something Guys

  • Ryan Ayers became the third different Irish player to score 30-plus points in a game this season when he registered a career-high 35-point performance in the win over South Dakota. It also marked the first 30-plus point game of his career. Ayers’ nine three-pointers tied the Joyce Center single-game three-point record by an Irish player (he now shares with Kyle McAlarney).
  • Luke Harangody topped the 30-point mark for the fourth time in his career in the season opener against USC Upstate as he scored 30 points.
  • Kyle McAlarney recorded back-to-back 30-plus point outings when he scored 39 against North Carolina and followed that up with a 32-point effort versus Furman. He has five 30-point performances during his career.
  • The last time Notre Dame had three different 30-point scorers in the same season was in 1991-92:
    Elmer Bennett: 32 pts. vs. DePaul (1-29-92), 38 pts. vs. Detroit (2-4-92) and 39 pts. vs. Virginia in overtime of NIT final (4-1-92)
    LaPhonso Ellis: 31 pts. vs. North Carolina (1-11-92) and 30 pts. vs. St. John’s (2-29-92)
    Daimon Sweet: 30 pts. vs. North Carolina (1-11-92)

Irish Earn Runner-Up Finish In Maui

  • Notre Dame finished second at the EA Sports Maui Invitational in its second-ever appearance in the tournament. The Irish advanced to the championship game against top-ranked North Carolina by virtue of its wins over Indiana (88-50) and sixth-ranked Texas (81-80). Notre Dame lost to the Tar Heels 102-87 in the title game.
  • In the win over Indiana, five Irish players recorded double figures with Tory Jackson matching his career-high as he finished with 21 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Kyle McAlarney canned six three-pointers as he netted 18 points, while Luke Harangody finished with 14 points, five rebounds and a career-high five steals. Ryan Ayers netted double figures for the first time this season and Luke Zeller posted his first career double-double as he tallied 10 points and grabbed a personal best 11 boards.
  • In the first game of the 2008-09 college basketball season matching two top-10 teams, the eighth-ranked Irish prevailed by one point over the sixth-ranked Longhorns. Luke Harangody led led all scorers and rebounders with 29 points and 13 rebounds as one of three players in double figures as he recorded his third double-double. Kyle McAlarney finished with 19 points and he nailed five three-pointers while playing all 40 mintues of the contest. Tory Jackson turned in another key effort as he tallied 16 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished off seven assists and made three steals.
  • Kyle McAlarney made a school record 10 three pointers (eclipsing the record he set a last season against Syracuse in February 2008) en route to a career-high 39-point performance against the Tar Heels as the Irish fell in the championship game. McAlarney, who played 39 minutes in the contest, also finished with six assists. Luke Harangody finished with 13 points and seven boards in the loss, while Tory Jackson notched double figures for the fourth consecutive game as he added 10 points.

More Maui Tidbits

  • Luke Harangody and Kyle McAlarney were named to the all-tournament team at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, joining Danny Green, Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson. Lawson was the tournament’s most valuable player.
  • Kyle McAlarney averaged 25.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists as he shot 51.0 percent from the field (25-49) and 55.3 percent (21-38) from three-point range.
  • Luke Harangody ended the tournament averaging 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, while Tory Jackson averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
  • Notre Dame earned its best-ever finish in its second-ever appearance in the Maui Invitational. In its only other appearance in 1993, the Irish were 1-2.

En Fuego

  • After scoring just 10 points in the season opener against USC Upstate and being held scoreless for just the fourth time in his career in Notre Dame’s win against Loyola Marymount, Kyle McAlarney has averaged 19.9 points per game (179 points) in the last nine outings. He has shot 61-124 (.492) from the field and 47-95 (.495) from three-point range.
  • McAlarney set a Notre Dame school record against North Carolina with his 10 three-pointers and then followed that up with nine treys versus Furman. Both were the most three-pointers made by an opposing player in a single game.
  • McAlarney had three 30-point outings last season and now totals five for his career.

Action Jackson

  • Tory Jackson’s 21 points against Indiana matched the junior guard’s career high and was the third time in his career that he scored 20-plus points in a game. Both of Jackson’s other two 20-point efforts occurred during his freshman season (2006-07 campaign) when he scored 21 points versus Marquette and 20 against Georgetown in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
  • Jackson has scored in double figures in seven of 11 games so far this season.


  • Ryan Ayers notched his sixth double-figure outing of the season and fifth in the last six games when he scored 10 points in Notre Dame’s win over Savannah State. He had back-to-back career-high scoring efforts in Notre Dame’s wins over Furman and South Dakota.
  • He recorded a then-career-high 19 points against Furman as he connected on 8-13 field and 3-6 from the three-point stripe.
  • Ayers followed that up with a 35-point effort against South Dakota as he was 12-20 from the field and 9-14 from three-point range.
  • Ayers has scored in double figures in six games this season.

Double The Pleasure

  • Luke Zeller’s 10 points and 11 rebounds against Indiana was the first career double-double for the Irish senior. The 11 boards also marked a personal high and the second time this season that he achieved a personal best. In the season opener against USC Upstate, he finished with a career-high 18 points.

A Top-10 Win

  • Notre Dame’s win over number-six Texas in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational was the first for the Irish over a top-1o foe since Dec. 7, 2006 when the Irish beat #4/5 Alabama at the Joyce Center (99-85). Notre Dame is 10-12 versus top-10 foes under Mike Brey.

Just Another Day In The Office For Gody

  • Luke Harangody, who averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds during the 2007-08 campaign, scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the season opener against USC Upstate. It marked the fourth 30-plus point performance of his career and his 26th career double-double.
  • Harangody’s 27 points and 17 rebounds in Notre Dame’s win at Loyola Marymount on November 21 marked his 56th game in double figures and the 23rd time in his career with 20-plus points. The 17 boards were the second-most in 67 career outings and 27th time in his career that he has registered a double-double.
  • His 29 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Texas was the 28th double-double of his career and the 24th game of his career with 20-plus points.
  • Since returning from pneumonia after missing the Furman and South Dakota games, Harangody has recorded three double-doubles and is averaging 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.
  • Harangody has recorded a double-double in three of the four games since his return, scored 20-plus in seven of the nine games he has played and registered six double-doubles overall.

Rolling Along

  • Luke Harangody enters tonight’s game against DePaul riding a 40-game double-figure scoring streak.

Great Beginnings

  • The 95 points scored in the 95-58 victory over USC Upstate were the most scored by an Irish team in a season opener since the 2001-02 when Notre Dame defeated New Hampshire 99-53 on Nov. 16, 2001.

Zach Attack

  • Zach Hillesland, who battled plantar fasciitis during the preseason and missed the first exhibition game against Briar Cliff, started the game against USC Upstate and scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while also dishing off four assists in 21 minutes. Hillesland was 4-6 from the field and 5-7 from the line. It marked the 13th time in his career in which he scored in double figures. He scored eight points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished off five assists versus Furman.
  • Hillesland netted his second double-figure scoring effort of the season as he 11 points in the win over Boston University.

Deja Vu

  • Luke Zeller had a career outing against USC Upstate in the season opener as he came off the bench in 19 minutes of action to score a personal best 18 points as he connected on 6-7 shots from the the field and was 4-6 from the three-point stripe. In addition to the 18 points, he grabbed five rebounds. Just one day prior to Luke’s performance, his brother Tyler scored 18 points as a starter for the North Carolina Tar Heels in his collegiate debut.

Passing Thoughts

  • After leading the nation in assists a year ago (18.4 per game), Notre Dame dished off 25 assists in the season opener against USC Upstate. Last season, the Irish dished off 20-plus assists in 12 games, including a season-high 28 in the season opener against Long Island. Notre Dame also had 20 assists in the loss to North Carolina, 22 against Furman, a season-high 28 in the win over South Dakota, 20 versus Boston University and 25 against Delaware State. The Irish are averaging 19.7 assists per game this season and own a 0.47 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Taking Care Of The Basketball

  • Notre Dame ranks second nationally with just 9.4 turnovers per game. The Irish had a season-low four assists against Delaware State which matched the fewest for a Notre Dame team under Mike Brey.

It’s All In The Experience

  • Notre Dame’s regular starting lineup of Zach Hillesland (88 games played/31 starts), Luke Harangody (74 games played/58 starts), Ryan Ayers (92 games played/29 starts), Tory Jackson (76 games played/64 starts) and Kyle McAlarney (85 games played/66starts) boasts a combined 248 starts in the 415 games the five have combined to play in during their careers. Luke Zeller, who was the first player off the bench in the season opener against USC Upstate, has started 27 games in the 103 that he has appeared in during his three-plus seasons with the Irish.

Top 10 Debut

  • Notre Dame was ranked ninth in ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released on October 30. It was the highest preseason ranking ever for the Irish in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Irish also were ranked ninth in the Preseason Associated Press Poll. It marked the fifth time in program history that Notre Dame has debuted in the top-10 of the AP poll.
  • The Irish have not begun a season ranked in the top 10 of the AP rankings since 1980-81 when they were 10th. Notre Dame’s highest-ever AP preseason mark was third in 1978-79. The Irish were ranked fourth in 1977-78 and fifth in 1979-80. The last time Notre Dame was ranked in the preseason AP poll was in 2004-05 when the Irish were 20th.

Leader Of The Pack

  • Notre Dame led the nation in assists during the 2007-08 campaign. In 33 games, Notre Dame dished out 608 assists (the third-highest single-season total in school history) for an 18.4 average per game.

Nine Straight Postseason Appearances

  • Notre Dame’s appearance in last year’s NCAA tournament field marked the fifth NCAA berth for the Irish in seven years. Since 2000, Notre Dame has appeared in either the NCAA or NIT tournaments — the longest postseason stretch in school history.

Five 20-Win Seasons Under His Belt

  • With its 25-8 record last season, Notre Dame reached the 20-win mark for the fifth time in eight seasons and second consecutive year under head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame’s 20-win campaigns under Brey have been in 2000-01 (20-10), 2001-02 (22-11), 2002-03 (24-10) and 24-8 (2006-07). In the 103-year history of the program, Notre Dame teams have won 20 or more games on 32 occasions.

BIG EAST Turnaround

  • Under head coach Mike Brey’s tenure, Notre Dame has had only one losing season. That season was in 2005-06 when the Irish finished 6-10 after beginning the BIG EAST campaign with a 1-8 record. Since that 1-8 start, Notre Dame has gone 30-11 (.732) over the last 41 regular-season games.

Home Cookin’

  • Notre Dame’s 17-0 record at home in 2007-08 marked just the fourth time since the opening of the Joyce Center in 1968-69 that an Irish team finished undefeated at home during the regular season. In 2006-07, the Irish were 18-0, which marked the most wins ever for a Notre Dame team in a single season. In addition to this year’s team and the 2006-07 squad, only two other Notre Dame squads ever completed a season undefeated at home — the 1973-74 and 1985-86 squads both finished their campaigns with identical 15-0 records. The Irish have been the only BIG EAST team to finish undefeated at home each of the last two seasons. Dating back to the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame has won 43 consecutive games at the Joyce Center — an active streak that is second among all Division I teams and is the longest during Mike Brey’s tenure.
  • Notre Dame’s current streak dates back to the final two games of the 2005-06 campaign as the Irish defeated DePaul (66-61) in the regular-season finale and Vanderbilt (79-69) in the first round of the NIT. Notre Dame’s last loss at home was an 80-72 setback to Marquette on February 25, 2006.

The Irish All-Time

  • The 2008-09 camapign marks the 104th season of basketball and the 14th as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Notre Dame teams have posted a 1639-895 record for a .647 winning percentage. In BIG EAST play, the Irish own a 115-103 (.528) record all-time in conference regular-season play.

Always In It

  • Since the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame’s 31 losses have been by a combined 227 points for an average of 7.3 points per game. In the 88 losses suffered by Irish teams in Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons, only 24 have been by 10 or more points and have been by a combined 626 points for an average of 7.1 points per game. Notre Dame’s 26-point loss (92-66) to Marquette on January 12, 2008 was the largest ever for an Irish team under Brey.

Now That’s Something To Talk About

  • Notre Dame’s current record-setting 43-game home win streak spans three seasons — the final two games played during the 2005-06 campaign, the entire 2006-07 season (18 games), 17 games in 2007-08 and six games into the 2008-09 campaign. Here’s a look at the dominance of the Irish during its present win streak:
Notre Dame Opponents
FG Percentage 1239-2578 (.481) 1044-2656 (.393)
3-FG Percentage 387-962 (.402) 293-874 (.335)
Points/Avg. 3,636 (84.6 ppg.) 2,707 (62.9 ppg.)
Margin of Victory +862 points (+20.0)


Notre Dame has shot .500 or better in 18 of 43 games
Notre Dame opponents have shot .500 or better in 3 of 43 games
31 wins by 10-plus points
18 wins by 20-plus points
13 wins by 30-plus points
5 wins by 40-plus points
1 win by 50-plus points

Current NCAA Division I Home Court Win Streaks:

1. BYU 53
3. Tennessee 36
4. Kansas 30
5. Georgetown 29

BIG EAST Win Streak

  • Notre Dame’s 18-game BIG EAST homecourt win streak is its longest since the Irish joined the conference in 1995-96 and is the second-longest in conference history.

    20 – Pittsburgh (6 games in 2003-04, 8 games in 2002-03 and 6 games in 2001-02)
    18 – Notre Dame (1 game in 2005-06, 8 games in 2006-07 and 9 games in 2007-08)

    **The only team that the Irish have not played at home during the streak is Georgetown. Notre Dame will face the Hoyas on January 5.

Joyce Center Streakin’

  • Notre Dame broke the Joyce Center home win streak mark on December 8, 2007 with its 108-62 win over Northern Illinois. Here’s a look at the Joyce Center streaks:
    43 – Began with a 66-61 win over DePaul on 3/4/06 (current streak)
    24 – Began with a 94-68 win over Xavier on 2/3/73 and ended with a 94-84 loss to Indiana on 12/11/74
    22 – Began with an 88-68 win over Pittsburgh on 1/26/77 and ended with a 69-68 overtime loss to DePaul on 2/12/78
    16 – Began with a 92-70 win over Fairfield on 12/9/82 and ended with a 51-47 loss to UCLA on 12/3/83
    16 – Began with an 89-76 win over West Virginia on 2/20/02 and ended with a 87-79 loss to Connecticut on 2/24/03.

BIG EAST Formula For Success

  • Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Mike Brey has led the Irish to an 80-50 (.615) record in BIG EAST regular-season games and a 3-8 mark in tournament play for an overall record of 83-58 (.589) against league foes. In Brey’s first season, the Irish posted their first-ever winning record in BIG EAST play and won the league’s West Division title with an 11-5 mark. Prior to Brey’s arrival at Notre Dame, Irish teams had a 35-53 (.398) regular-season record after joining the league in 1995-96.

314 And Counting

  • Heading into tonight’s game against DePaul, Notre Dame has hit at least one three-pointer in 314 straight games, a mark that dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time an Irish team failed to hit a three-pointer in a game was in a 101-70 loss to Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 12, 1999 as Notre Dame finished 0-7 from beyond the arc in the game. The 2005-06 Irish squad set the single-season record with 288 three-pointers and fell just one field goal short of that mark (287) in 2006-07.

Home Sweet Home

  • Since the inaugural season in 1968-69 at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame owns a 496-141 (.779) winning percentage. The Irish are 110-27 (.803) at the Joyce Center during Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons.

Road Warriors

  • In Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons, his Irish teams have compiled a road record of 64-61 (.512) that includes a 41-40 (.506) in true road games and a 23-21 mark (.523) in neutral site contests.

Irish Sign Four

  • Irish head coach Mike Brey announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent on November 12. Mike Broghammer (Orono, Minn./Hopkins), Joey Brooks (Houston, Texas), Jack Cooley (Glenview, Ill.) and Tom Knight (Dixfield, Maine).
  • Broghammer, a 6-9, 235-pound forward, averaged 11.9 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior in leading his prep team to a final 27-2 record in 2007-08. A two-time all-conference honoree, he scored in double figures in 16 of 29 contests as a junior. He is the nephew of former Duke standout Christian Laettner.
  • Brooks, a 6-5, 200-pound guard, led Strake Jesuit College Preparatory to the District 18-5A crown as a junior while averaging 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He garnered first-team all-district honors and earned all-state recognition.
  • Cooley, a 6-9, 235-pound forward, averaged a double-double in his junior season at Glenbrook, netting 20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds, in adddtion to 3.4 blocked shots and 3.1 assists. A second team all-state honoree by the Chicago Tribune and Associated Press, he also garnered all-conference recognition.
  • Knight, a 6-9, 265-pound forward, averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.1 blocked shots as a junior while being tabbed as an all-Mountain Valley Conference first-team selection. He led Dirigo to back-to-back Mountain Valley Conference crowns in 2007 and 2008 and runner-up finishes in those two seasons in the Class C Western Maine regional finals.

Success In The Classroom

  • The basketball team was one of six Notre Dame teams to earn the 2007-08 BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence award which recognized the highest collective grade averages in each conference sport. The Irish have earned a 3.097 cumulative grade point average and has produced a GPA of 3.0 or better in seven of the last nine semesters and the team cumulative GPA has been above 3.0 for other last eight semesters.