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Jan. 16, 2017

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WHO: No. 15/15 Notre Dame (16-2, 5-0 ACC) at No. 10/12 Florida State (16-2, 4-1 ACC)

WHERE: Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee, Florida

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET

REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORK TELECAST: Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst).

Here is a full list of affiliates carrying the telecast on Wednesday – http://theacc.co/mbb17rsn0118a

The game will also be available via ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout) – http://es.pn/2i3PloL

RADIO BROADCAST: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Zach Hillesland (analyst).

Notre Dame Radio Network Broadcast Affiliates – http://www.und.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/110816aad.html

Listen Online at WatchND.tv – http://watchnd.tv/#!/games/2005463?liveAudio=drYTFnZDoWeBhdtHDHKxOYs1QFFQqrpo

Here are Then Things To Watch for the Notre Dame – Florida State matchup –

NOTRE DAME vs. FLORIDA STATE SERIES HISTORY:

Notre Dame and Florida State will be meeting for the fifth time on Wednesday evening. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 3-1, including two victories at the Tucker Center.

Florida State has won 15 consecutive games at the Tucker Center entering the game Wednesday night.

CLOSING TIME:

Notre Dame has shown a knack for finishing games in its first five ACC victories of the season.

Against Pittsburgh, trailing by five with 2:42 remaining, Notre Dame finished regulation on a 6-1 run to force overtime, then finished overtime on an 8-2 run over the final 2:25 to earn a 78-77 victory.

The runs continued in the next four ACC victories for the Irish, leading to Notre Dame outscoring its first five ACC opponents 45-11 in the final 11:27 (combined) of its first five conference wins.

Game

Score Before Run

Time Left

Run

Final Score

at Pittsburgh

70-75

2:25 (OT)

8-2

78-77

Louisville

68-68

2:00

9-2

77-70

Clemson

68-67

2:17

8-2

75-70

at Miami

57-61

2:53

10-1

67-62

at Virginia Tech

66-67

1:52

10-4

76-71

5-0 CONFERENCE START:

Notre Dame’s 5-0 start to the 2016-17 ACC marks the best five-game start to conference play in school history. The 2014-15 season saw the Irish start 3-0 in conference before a loss to Virginia.

This season, the Irish have now posted the best overall start of the Mike Brey era (9-0) and best conference start (5-0) in school history.

16-2 START MATCHES BEST OF BREY ERA:

Notre Dame has matched the 2014-15 season for the best start of the Mike Brey era, winning 16 of the first 18 games in 2016-17.

Previous to the 2014-15 season, Notre Dame was last 16-2 in the 1978-79 season.

The 2014-15 team started the season 16-2 and eventually won 20 of its first 22 games.

STREAK BUSTERS:

Notre Dame’s three-game road swing will see them face three teams with impressive home win streaks.

The Irish ended Miami’s 21-game win streak at the Watsco Center with a 67-62 victory on Jan. 12, 2017.

Notre Dame ended Virginia Tech’s 15-game streak at the Cassell Colliseum on Jan. 14, 2017 with a 76-71 victory.

Florida State boasts a 15-game win streak at the Tucker Center entering Wednesday night’s game.

FARRELL – MOST IMPROVED IN THE ACC:

Junior guard Matt Farrell has made a case as the most improved player in the nation this season. After starting Notre Dame’s final four games of the 2015-16 season (his first four career starts as the Irish advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight) Farrell has stepped up his game even further in 2016-17.

Averaging 14.1 points per game (along with 5.4 assists per game and .404 3FG%) Farrell joins Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers as the most improved player, in terms of points-per-game average, in the ACC with an 11.5 improvement.

BEACHEM CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS:

Senior forward V.J. Beachem needs 57 more points this season to reach 1,000 in his career. He would join classmate Steve Vasturia in the 1,000-point club (Vasturia reached the mark against Northwestern earlier this season) and would become the 60th Notre Dame player to score 1,000 points in a career.

Junior Bonzie Colson could become the third member to reach 1,000 career points this season. Colson is currently at 864 career points.

VASTURIA = CLUTCH:

Notre Dame’s first four ACC victories would not be possible without three clutch plays at the end of each game from Steve Vasturia.

In the ACC opener at Pittsburgh, Vasturia’s two FTs pushed the game to overtime and his three pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner in the 78-77 OT victory.

Vasturia would end the Pittsburgh game scoring 10 of Notre Dame’s final 12 points while assisting on the other field goal.

Against No. 9/9 Louisville, Vasturia poured in a career-best 24 points, none more important than his runner in the lane with :19 seconds remaining to put the Irish ahead to stay 73-68 in the eventual 77-70 victory.

In the win over Clemson, Vasturia nailed a corner three-point field goal at the shot clock buzzer off an inbounds play with 1:45 remaining, pushing the Irish ahead 70-68 in an eventual 75-70 victory.

On the road at Miami, Vasturia’s drive to the basket with :08 seconds remaining pushed the Irish ahead 65-62 in an eventual 67-62 victory.

Vasturia followed up the clutch score against Miami to score 20 points at Virginia Tech and was named the co-ACC Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 16.

COLSON FILLING UP THE BOXSCORE:

Junior forward Bonzie Colson recorded his 11th double-double of the season at Virginia Tech with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He leads the ACC in rebounding (10.9), double-doubles and 20/10 performances (four) this season.

Colson has scored double-figure points in 17 of 18 games this season, and bested Jerian Grant’s run of 15 games with double-figure points to start the 2014-15 season by cracking double digits in points scored for the first 16 games this season.

Colson is the first non-guard to accomplish that feat since Luke Harangody in 2009-10, who scored double-figures in the season’s first 25 games before an injury vs. Seton Hall ended his scoring streak.

2017 Infiniti Coaches CHARITY Challenge:

Irish head coach Mike Brey is taking part in the 2017 Coaches Charity Challenge. Voting begins on Monday, Jan. 2 and continues through the completion of the first round on Jan. 22, 2017. After four rounds of voting, the winning coach will receive a 100,000 dollar donation to a charity of his choice, with Coach Brey hoping to send money to Coaches vs. Cancer.

To vote visit www.und.com/brey (fans will need to set up a ESPN.com account to vote) and fans are allowed to vote once per day.

2017 COACHES VS. CANCER THREE POINT CHALLENGE:

The American Cancer Society, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the nation’s premier college basketball programs are teaming up for the Coaches vs Cancer Three-Point Challenge. Teams from coast to coast are squaring off to see who can raise the most money from behind the arc.

You can support the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by pledging for every three-point shot the team makes this February.

Follow the national competition at 3pointchallenge.org and make a pledge at https://pledgeit.org/cvc-notre-dame. The team raising the most from their three pointers will be crowned champion. All proceeds of the 3-Point Challenge will benefit the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs Cancer.