Feb. 11, 2009
Notre Dame (12-10, 3-7) vs. Louisville (18-4, 9-1)
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 â€¢ 7:00 p.m. (EST.)
Joyce Center (11,418) â€¢ Notre Dame, Ind.
Brent Musburger (play-by-play analyst)
Bob Knight and Digger Phelps (color analysts)
Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
Radio: Jack Nolan (play-by-play analyst)
LaPhonso Ellis (color analyst)
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Irish and Cardinals Set For Second Regular-Season Matchup
- Following three straight road games, Notre Dame (12-10, 3-7) returns home to the Joyce Center when the Irish play host to Louisville (18-4, 9-1) in the second regular-season meeting between the two teams.
- Notre Dame will look to end a seven-game losing streak, its longest since the 1992-93 campaign and longest under head coach Mike Brey. The Irish have lost six straight BIG EAST contests which marks the most consecutive losses by a Notre Dame team in league play since joining the conference in 1995-96.
- Thursday night’s contest will mark the 10th time this season that Notre Dame has played a ranked opponent. The Irish are 2-7 against ranked opponents.
- The most ranked teams an Irish squad has faced during the season is 12 in 1977-78 when that team advanced to Final Four of the NCAA Tournament and played five during its tournament run. Notre Dame faced 11 ranked opponents during the 2002-03 campaign (two in the NCAA tournament). The most ranked opponents an Irish team has faced during the regular season is 11 in 1991-92.
- Louisville leads the all-time series 15-8 as the Irish have recorded just one victory in the last 11 meetings. Notre Dame’s last win against the Cardinals came on Jan. 3, 2007 (78-62) at the Joyce Center.
- Notre Dame has not lost eight straight game since the 1965-66 campaign when that Irish squad dropped 13 straight and finished with a 5-21 record.
- The Irish will play five of its remaining eight regular-season contests at the Joyce Center.
- Notre Dame’s 26-point loss to UCLA on Saturday (89-63) matched the largest defeat ever for an Irish team under head coach Mike Brey. Last season, Brey’s squad suffered a 92-66 setback at Marquette on Jan. 12, 2008.
- Notre Dame has not played a home game since Jan. 26 when it dropped a 71-64 decision to Marquette. The loss was the second straight for the Irish after they had their 45-game home win streak snapped against Connecticut two nights earlier.
- Notre Dame has never lost three straight BIG EAST home games and has not dropped three straight contests at the Joyce Center since the 1993-94 campaign.
- Notre Dame faced the toughest stretch that any Irish team has faced during the regular season as Coach Mike Brey’s squad played five straight ranked opponents and four consecutive top-10 foes. No Irish team has ever faced five consecutive ranked opponents during the regular season. The 1977-78 Irish squad played five straight ranked foes during the `78 NCAA tournament.
- 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.
The Streak Ends
- Prior to its loss to Connecticut on Jan. 24 at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame had owned the nation’s longest home court win streak — 45 games — with its victory over Seton Hall on Jan. 10. That win also tied the BIG EAST mark for the most consecutive league victories (20) at home — a record that the Irish share with Pittsburgh.
Harangody, Jackson See Streaks End
- Luke Harangody saw his 50-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end in Notre Dame’s loss to UCLA on Saturday as he finished with five points and one rebound. It was the lowest scoring and rebounding output for the Irish junior since scoring four points and grabbing one rebound in a first-round NCAA tournament loss to Winthrop in 2007.
- Prior to the UCLA game, Tory Jackson had started in 74 consecutive games for the Irish.
A Different Feeling
- Prior to the loss to Marquette on Jan. 26, Notre Dame had not lost consecutive BIG EAST home games since dropping an 85-82 double-overtime decision to Georgetown on Jan. 24, 2006 and a 72-70 setback to Villanova on Jan. 28, 2006.
- In fact, Notre Dame did not lose back-to-back conference outings at all during the 2007-08 campaign.
- Notre Dame’s 93-61 victory against Furman on Nov. 30 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.
All In The Family
- In Notre Dame’s win over DePaul on Dec. 31, all five starters scored in double figures for the only time so far 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 28 points and 14 rebounds against Cincinnati marked his 14th straight 20-plus point outing and 11th straight double-double (15th overall this season) since returning to the Irish lineup against Ohio State on Dec. 6 after missing the Furman and South Dakota contests because of pneumonia. It marked the first time in his career that he had scored 20-plus points in 14 consecutive games and registered 11 consecutive double-doubles.
- 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.
- The last Notre Dame player with at least 11 straight double-doubles was Ryan Humphrey when he recorded 11 consecutive double-doubles in the final 11 games of the 2001-02 season.
- Since returning to the lineup from his two-game absence, Harangody has averaged 24.8 points (372 points) and 13.1 rebounds (196 rebounds) in 15 contests.
An Elite Club
- With 1,516 points and 800 rebounds in 85 career outings, Luke Harangody is one of just seven players in the 104-history of the Notre Dame basketball program to score 1,500 points and grab 800 rebounds. The others to reach this milestone have been:
Adrian Dantley (1973-76): 2,223 points, 843 rebounds
Troy Murphy (1998-01): 2,011 points, 924 rebounds
Tom Hawkins (1956-59): 1,820 points, 1,318 rebounds
Bob Arnzen (1966-69): 1,665 points, 944 rebounds
Bob Whitmore (1966-69): 1,580 points, 1,043 rebounds
LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92): 1,505 points, 1075 rebounds
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 1,160 points in 96 career outings for a 12.1 average. McAlarney is averaging a career-best 15.8 points this season.
Points A Plenty
- Notre Dame is averaging 78.7 points per game this season and has topped the 80-point mark in all but 10 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 61 points against Connecticut marked its lowest output of the season and matched the lowest during the 45-game home court win streak. The Irish scored 61 points in a 61-58 win over West Virginia on Jan. 9, 2007.
In The Polls
- Notre Dame is unranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings this week. The Irish began the year ranked ninth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings and climbed to as high as seventh in both polls 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.
The 45-Game Joyce Center Win Streak
- Notre Dame ran its Joyce Center home court win streak to 45 games (then the 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. Prior to the loss to Connecticut, the Irish had recorded back-to-back undefeated seasons at the Joyce Center during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns. Notre Dame is the only school in BIG EAST history to finish undefeated at home in consecutive seasons. The previous all-time home win streak was 38 and 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.
- Previously, the most ever treys 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 9.0 three-pointers per game this season and is shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the three-point stripe (197-496).
- The Irish have made 50 more three-pointers (197-147) and are averaging 2.3 more three-pointers than their opponents.
Series Record Vs. Louisville
- Tonight’s game marks the 23rd meeting between the two schools.
- The Cardinals have won 10 of the last 11 meetings.
- In the four matchups as BIG EAST foes, Louisville has been victorious on three occasions.
- Mike Brey is 1-3 all-time versus Louisville.
Irish In The National Statistics
- Luke Harangody ranks fifth in scoring (24.3) and fifth in rebounding (12.6). He is the only player in the country to rank in the top five in both categories.
- Kyle McAlarney stands seventh in three-point field goals made (3.8) and is 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.447).
- As a team, Notre Dame ranks second in turnovers (9.8), sixth in assists (17.9) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.397). Rare 30-30 Outings
- 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 Notre Dame’s wins over Georgetown (Jan. 5) and Seton Hall (Jan. 10) 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 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 all scorers and rebounders with 29 points and 13 rebounds as one of three Irish players in double figures. 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.
The Book On K-Mac
- Kyle McAlarney set a Notre Dame school record against North Carolina on Nov. 26, 2008 with his 10 three-pointers and then followed that up with nine treys versus Furman on Nov. 30, 2008. Both were the most three-pointers made by an opposing player in a single game against the Tar Heels and Paladins.
- 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 14 of 22 games this season.
- Ryan Ayers notched his 10th double-figure outing of the season when he scored 14 points in Notre Dame’s loss against Cincinnati (Feb. 4). 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 goals and was 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 10 games this season. A career-best four-game double-figure scoring streak — Boston University (10), Delaware State (18), Savannah State (10) and DePaul (14) — was snapped against St. John’s on Jan. 3.
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.
Zeller Responds As Starter
- Luke Zeller has started the last four games and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in that span. He matched his career-high with 18 points (all in the first half) in Notre Dame’s loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 31 as he hit a career-high six three-pointers.
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 Jan. 5 in the win over #9/10 Georgetown. Notre Dame is 11-16 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 season when Notre Dame defeated New Hampshire 99-53 on Nov. 16, 2001.
- Zach Hillesland is coming off of back-to-back double-figure scoring outings for the first time this season and the third time during his career. He came off the bench against Pittsburgh and finished with 12 points. Hillesland returned to the starting lineup against Cincinnati and tallied 11 points, along with five rebounds, for the 16th double-figure outing of his career. He never has scored in double-figures in three straight games.
- Hillesland scored a career-high 17 points against DePaul on Dec. 31 and grabbed six rebounds. Hillesland, who battled plantar fasciitis during the preseason and missed the first exhibition game against Briar Cliff, started the season opener against USC Upstate and scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds while also dishing off four assists.
- Hillesland had his second double-figure scoring effort of the season in the win over Boston University as he finished with 11 points.
- 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 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 17.9 assists per game this season and own a 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Taking Care Of The Basketball
- Notre Dame ranks second nationally with just 9.8 turnovers per game. The Irish had a season-low four turnovers against Delaware State which matched the fewest for a Notre Dame team under Mike Brey.
It’s All In The Experience
- Zach Hillesland (99 games played/40 starts), Luke Harangody (85 games played/69 starts), Ryan Ayers (103 games played/37 starts), Tory Jackson (87 games played/74 starts) and Kyle McAlarney (96 games played/77 starts) boast a combined 297 starts in the 470 games the five have combined to play in during their careers. Luke Zeller has started 31 games in the 114 that he has appeared in during his career.
Top 10 Debut
- Notre Dame was ranked ninth in the 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 had 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 other 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 in BIG EAST play. 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 33-18 (.647) over the last 51 regular-season league 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 last 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 in back-to-back seasons.
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 1642-903 record for a .645 winning percentage. In BIG EAST play, the Irish own a 118-110 (.518) record all-time in conference regular-season play.
Always In It
- Since the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame’s 39 losses have been by a combined 339 points for an average of 8.7 points per game. In the 96 losses suffered by Irish teams in Mike Brey’s eight-plus seasons, only 29 have been by 10 or more points and they have been by a combined 729 points for an average of 7.6 points per game. Notre Dame’s 26-point loss (92-66) to Marquette on Jan. 12, 2008 and its loss to UCLA (89-63) on Saturday were the largest ever for an Irish team under Brey.
Now That’s Something To Talk About
- Notre Dame has won 45 of its last 47 home games. Here’s a look at the dominance of the Irish over the course of the last 47 contests at the Joyce Center:
Notre Dame Opponents FG Pct. 1339-2838 (.472) 1153-2904 (.397) 3-FG Pct. 419-1050 (.399) 313-946 (.331) Points/Avg. 3,922 (83.4 ppg.) 3,060 (65.1 ppg.) Margin of Victory +869 points (+18.5)
Notes: Notre Dame has shot .500 or better in 18 of 46 games
Notre Dame opponents have shot .500 or better in 4 of 46 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
BIG EAST Win Streak
- Prior to its loss to Connecticut, Notre Dame’s 20-game BIG EAST homecourt win streak matched 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 83-57 (.593) record in BIG EAST regular-season games and a 3-8 mark in tournament play for an overall record of 86-65 (.570) 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.
325 And Counting
- Heading into tonight’s game against Louisville, Notre Dame has hit at least one three-pointer in 325 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 498-143 (.777) winning percentage. The Irish are 112-29 (.794) 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 65-66 (.496) that includes a 42-45 (.483) in true road games and a 23-21 mark (.523) in neutral site contests.