Jan. 11, 2009
Notre Dame (12-3, 3-1) vs. Louisville (11-3, 2-0)
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 â€¢ 7:00 p.m. (Est.)
Freedom Hall (18,865) â€¢ Louisville, Ky.
Sean McDonough (play-by-play analyst)
Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery (color analysts)
Radio: Jack Nolan (play-by-play analyst)
LaPhonso Ellis (color analyst)
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Notre Dame Looks For Rare Win At Freedom Hall
- After recording back-to-back home wins against Georgetown (73-67) one week ago and Seton Hall (88-79) on Saturday, the Irish men’s basketball team (12-3, 3-1) begins a two-game road swing with a matchup against Louisville (11-3, 2-0) on Monday night at Freedom Hall. In fact, the Irish will play five of its next seven games on the road.
- Notre Dame also begins a stretch in which it plays five consecutive games against opponents ranked in this week’s Top 25. Following Monday night’s matchup with the Cardinals, the Irish travel to Syracuse to face the 11/9 Orange.
- Louisville leads the all-time series 14-8 as the Irish have recorded just one victory in the last 10 meetings. It will be the first of two meetings this season with the two teams scheduled to meet again on Feb. 12 at the Joyce Center. Notre Dame’s last win against the Cardinals came on Jan. 3, 2007 (78-62) at the Joyce Center.
- Notre Dame has lost eight straight at Freedom Hall with the last victory coming on Dec. 27, 1980 in a 67-61 win over Kentucky.
- Notre Dame is 11-32 all-time playing at Freedom Hall and are 1-7 versus Louisville in the building. The Irish have dropped five straight to the Cardinals at Freedom Hall. The last time Notre Dame recorded a win over Louisville at Freedom Hall was on Dec. 20, 1958 (61-53).
- Notre Dame is 2-1 versus ranked opponents this season, both against top-1o foes.
- A win today would give Notre Dame its best start ever in BIG EAST play. No Irish team has ever started league play 4-1.
- 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.
- For the eighth time in 10 semesters, the Irish earned a team grade point average of 3.00 and above as Notre Dame finished with a 3.151 GPA following the 2008 fall semester.
- Following the `08 fall semester, Notre Dame’s cumulative GPA was a 3.093 which marked the ninth consecutive semester that the team had a cumulative 3.00 and above.
- Zach Hillesland, a marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business, earned 3.917 for the fall semester and has a 3.532 GPA overall. Luke Zeller, who also is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and majors in management entrepreneurship, had a 3.833 GPA in the fall and owns a 3.514 overall grade index following seven semesters. Tim Abromaitis is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and had a 3.688 grade point average in the fall.
- Notre Dame won the BIG EAST Team Academic Award in 2007-08 with a team grade point average of 3.097 during the school year.
Irish Tie BIG EAST Mark
- Notre Dame extended the nation’s longest home win streak to 45 games on Saturday afternoon with its 88-79 win over Seton Hall. The victory also tied the BIG EAST mark for the most consecutive victories (20) at home — a record that the Irish share with Pittsburgh.
- 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 Seton Hall on Saturday night pushed the streak to 45 consecutive victories, the 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.
All In The Family
- In Notre Dame’s win over DePaul on Dec. 31, all five starters scored in double figures for the first time this season and the first time since March 13, 2008 when the Irish lost to Marquette in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Luke Harangody led the way with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Zach Hillesland finished with a career-high 17 points. Ryan Ayers added 14 points and Kyle McAlarney and Tory Jackson netted 13 and 12 points, respectively.
- Luke Harangody’s 30 points and 16 rebounds against Seton Hall marked his eighth straight 20-plus point outing and seventh double-double (10th overall this season) in the last eight 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 first time in his career that he has scored 20-plus points in eight consecutive games.
- The last player with eight consecutive games with 20-plus points was Kelly Tripucka in 1980 — San Francisco (20), Fordham (24), South Carolina (29), Xavier (20), Marquette (21), DePaul 28), Dayton (22) and Missouri (22).
- Following Tripucka, the last player with better than eight consecutive games with 20-plus points was Adrian Dantley. He scored 20-plus points in nine consecutive games during the 1975-76 campaign. His longest streak of 20-plus games was 11 straight that spanned the final four games of his sophomore season in 1974-75 and the first seven games of his junior campaign in `75-’76. He also had a string of 10 games with 20-plus points in ’74-’75.
- Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer, Austin Carr, had 58 straight games with 20-plus points (every single game his last two seasons in 1969-70 and 1970-71) and finished his career with 20-plus points in 70 of 74 career outings.
- Since returning to the lineup from his two-game absence, Harangody has averaged 25.8 points (206 points) and 13.6 rebounds (109) in eight contests.
McAlarney Becomes 49th 1,000-Point Scorer
- In Notre Dame’s win over Savannah State on Dec. 20, senior Kyle McAlarney became the 49th player in the 104-year history of the program to score 1,000 points. He has scored 1,060 points in 89 career outings for an 11.9 average. McAlarney is averaging a career-best 16.5 points this season.
Points A Plenty
- Notre Dame is averaging 82.2 points per game this season and has topped the 80-point mark in all but five contests and scored 90-plus points in four 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 13th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings this week. The Irish began the year ranked ninth and climbed to as high as seventh in both rankings on two separate occasions during the month of December. That marked 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 11 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 45 games (longest in the nation and longest in the 40-plus year history of the Joyce Center) following its win over Seton Hall on Jan. 10. 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.
Irish Set Records With Three-Point Barrage
- With its 19 three-pointers against South Dakota (Dec. 2), Notre Dame set the 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 or an opposing team at the Joyce Center. Previously, 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.
- Notre Dame is averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game this season and is shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the three-point stripe (138-334).
- The Irish have made 45 more three-pointers (138-93) and are averaging 3.0 more three-pointers than their opponents.
- After making just 11 three-pointers in their first two games, the Irish have made 127 and averaged 9.8 per game over the last 13 outings and made 10-plus three-pointers in five of those 10 contests.
Series Record Vs. Louisville
- Today’s game marks the 22nd meeting between the two schools.
- The Cardinals have won nine of the last 10 meetings.
- In the three matchups as BIG EAST foes, Louisville has been victorious on two occasions.
- Notre Dame is 1-7 all-time against Louisville playing at Freedom Hall.
- Mike Brey is 1-2 all-time versus Louisville.
Irish In The National Statistics
- Luke Harangody ranks ninth in scoring (24.5) and second in rebounding (12.7).
- Kyle McAlarney stands fifth in three-point field goals made (4.1) and is 21st in three-point field goal percentage (.463).
- As a team, Notre Dame ranks second in turnovers (9.4), 14th in scoring offense (82.2), 21st in scoring margin (+14.7), fourth in assists (18.7) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.413).
Rare 30-30 Outing
- Kyle McAlarney became the first Irish player since Troy Murphy in 2000 to record back-to-back 30-point outings. McAlarney’s 32-point outing against Furman (Nov. 30) came just four days after he scored a career-high 39 points against North Carolina (Nov. 26).
- Luke Harangody recorded back-to-back 30-point outings in Monday night’s win over Georgetown and Saturday’s victory against Seton Hall as he finished with 31 and 30, respectively.
- Prior to McAlarney’s back-to-back 30-point outings, 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.
- The last Notre Dame player to score 30-plus points in three consecutive outings was Adrian Dantley (inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2008) as he scored 30-plus points in six straight games in 1976 — 34 vs. Pittsburgh (1-13-76), 33 vs. Ball State (1-14-76), 35 vs. Xavier (1-17-76), 30 vs. St. Joseph’s (1-21-76), 30 vs. UCLA (1-24-76) and 31 vs. DePaul (1-28-76).
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 68 meetings between the two schools. It also marked the second straight win for Notre Dame against the Hoosiers. The two teams had not played each other since a 55-45 victory in Bloomington, Ind., on Dec. 8, 2004.
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. He registered his second 30-plus point outing of the season with his 31-point effort against Georgetown and then netted his sixth career 30-plus point outing on Saturday with a 30-point performance against Seton Hall.
- 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 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 North Carolina’s 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.
- 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 18.3 points per game (220 points) in the last 12 outings. He has shot 74-155 (.477) from the field and 55-115 (.478) 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.
- 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 11 of 15 games this season.
- Ryan Ayers notched his seventh double-figure outing of the season when he scored 14 points in Notre Dame’s win over DePaul. 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 seven games this season and his four-game double-figure scoring streak that was snapped against St. John’s was the longest of his career.
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.
- Luke Harangody enters tonight’s game against Louisville riding a 44-game double-figure scoring streak.
Two Top-10 Wins
- Notre Dame’s win over #6 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). The second came on Monday night in the win over #9/10 Georgetown. Notre Dame is 11-12 versus top-10 foes under Mike Brey.
- 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 Hillesland scored a career-high 17 points against DePaul on Dec. 31 and grabbed six rebounds. He shot 8-11 from the field in netting double figures for the third time this season and 15th time in his career. 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.
- Hillesland had his second double-figure scoring effort of the season against Boston University as he finished with 11 points in the win over the Terriers.
- 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.
- 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 has dished off 20-plus assists in seven games this season, including a season-high 28 in the win over South Dakota. The Irish are averaging 18.7 assists per game this season and own a 0.50 turnover-to-assist 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 (92 games played/35 starts), Luke Harangody (78 games played/62 starts), Ryan Ayers (96 games played/33 starts), Tory Jackson (80 games played/68 starts) and Kyle McAlarney (89 games played/70 starts) boasts a combined 268 starts in the 433 games the five have combined to play in during their careers. Luke Zeller has started 27 games in the 107 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
- During 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 33-12 (.733) over the last 45 regular-season games.
- 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 44 consecutive games at the Joyce Center — an active streak that is first 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 campaign marks the 104th season of basketball and the 14th as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Notre Dame teams have posted a 1642-896 record for a .647 winning percentage. In BIG EAST play, the Irish own a 118-104 (.532) record all-time in conference regular-season play.
Always In It
- Since the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame’s 32 losses have been by a combined 233 points for an average of 7.3 points per game. In the 89 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 632 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 45-game home win streak spans four seasons — the final two games played during the 2005-06 campaign, the entire 2006-07 season (18 games), 17 games in 2007-08 and eight games into the 2008-09 campaign. Here’s a look at the dominance of the Irish during its present win streak:
|FG Percentage||1290-2696 (.478)||1101-2780 (.396)|
|3-FG Percentage||403-997 (.410)||302-906 (.333)|
|Points/Avg.||3,797 (84.3 ppg.)||2,583 (63.4 ppg.)|
|Margin of Victory||+871 points (+19.4)|
|Notes:||Notre Dame has shot .500 or better in 18 of 45 games
Notre Dame opponents have shot .500 or better in 4 of 45 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. NOTRE DAME||45|
|3. Michigan State||27|
|4. Utah State||26|
BIG EAST Win Streak
- Notre Dame’s 20-game BIG EAST homecourt win streak is its longest since the Irish joined the conference in 1995-96 and matches the longest in conference history.
20 – Notre Dame (1 game in 2005-06, 8 games in 2006-07, 9 games in 2007-08 and two games in 2008-09)
20 – Pittsburgh (6 games in 2003-04, 8 games in 2002-03 and 6 games in 2001-02)
BIG EAST Formula For Success
- Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Mike Brey has led the Irish to an 83-51 (.619) record in BIG EAST regular-season games and a 3-8 mark in tournament play for an overall record of 86-59 (.593) 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.
318 And Counting
- Heading into tonght’s game against Louisville, Notre Dame has hit at least one three-pointer in 318 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 498-141 (.779) winning percentage. The Irish are 112-27 (.806) at the Joyce Center during Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons.
- In Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons, his Irish teams have compiled a road record of 65-62 (.512) that includes a 42-41 (.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.