March 1, 2016
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (19-9, 10-6 ACC) return home from a three-game road trip to take on #7/7 Miami (23-5, 12-4) Wednesday, March 2, on ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
DATE: Wednesday, March 2
TIME: 7 p.m. ET
PLACE:Notre Dame, IN
TV / INTERNET:ESPN2
Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
Fran Frischilla (analyst)
RADIO: Broadcast on WatchND (free)
Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
Torrian Jones (analyst)
Also available on Sirius (84) or XM (84)
NOTRE DAME VS. MIAMI – BY THE NUMBERS:
1 – The Irish boast the most efficient offense in the nation, according to the Pomeroy Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Index (121.2).
4 – Notre Dame controls its own destiny to finish in the top four of the ACC regular season standings and earn a double-bye in the ACC Championship with two victories in its final regular season games (vs. #7/7 Miami, vs. NC State). It would be the second season in a row (and two of three total) that the Irish would earn the double-bye.
13 – Consecutive ‘bounce-back’ wins for Notre Dame. The Irish have not lost back-to-back games since the end of the 2013-14 season and have set the school mark of 68 consecutive games without suffering back-to-back losses (see page 4 for more details).
14 – Wins over AP top 10 teams at home during the Mike Brey era (see side bar page 3 for more details).
9.3 – Notre Dame’s turnovers per game average – ranked third in the nation.
15.1 – Points per game average over the last eight games for Zach Auguste. Auguste is on a eight-game run of double-digit scoring (second-longest streak of his career, after 10 straight last season) and averaging 15.1 points and 11.1 rebounds during that run.
16 – Double-Doubles compiled by Zach Auguste this season, his most recent a 12-point, career-best 17-rebound effort at Florida State. 24 – Conference wins by Notre Dame over the past two seasons. The Irish have posted double-digit conference wins in six of the past seven seasons.
51 – Wins over a two-year span for the Irish currently, the best two-year total in school history. The Irish finished 32-6 in 2014-15 and are 19-9 this season.
303 – Career assists for Demetrius Jackson, the 18th Notre Dame player to reach the 300 assist plateau. Jackson is second in the ACC in assists per game (4.89). Five of the top 10 players on the all-time assists list at Notre Dame have played during the Mike Brey Era.
450 – Career victories by Irish head coach Mike Brey. Coach Brey has the most career victories of any Irish men’s basketball coach and is closing in on the mark for all-time wins at the school (393 – Brey is currently at 351).
726 – Career rebounds for Zach Auguste. Auguste is also shooting .560 from the field in his career and is in the running to become just the fifth Notre Dame player to shoot over .560 from the field and grab 700 rebounds in a career. (see page 2 for more details) 1,814 – Wins in Notre Dame men’s basketball history, ranked eighth all-time. Since Mike Brey took over the Irish program in 2000-01, the Irish have moved from 12th to 8th on the all-time wins list.
NOTRE DAME ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” MIAMI SERIES HISTORY:
All-time series: Notre Dame leads 10-9.
Notre Dame vs. Miami at Purcell Pavilion: 5-3
First meeting: Feb. 22, 1986, a 126-73 Notre Dame victory at Miami.
Most recent meeting: Feb. 3, 2016, a 79-70 Miami home game victory.
Mike Brey vs. Miami at Notre Dame: 4-2
THE LAST TIMEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ VS. MIAMI:
Anthony Lawrence Jr. scored 18 points off the bench for Miami, including 4-4 from three-point range as the Irish fell 79-70 at Miami. The Hurricanes shot 65 percent in the first half and 56 percent for the game. Bonzie Colson led the Irish with 17 points off the bench.
NOTRE DAME REACHES 1800-WIN MILESTONE:
Notre Dame’s 84-79 victory at Illinois on Dec. 2 marked the 1800th win in program history.
The Fighting Irish are 1814-981 (.649) all-time in 111-plus seasons.
Notre Dame ranks eighth in Division I in all-time program wins behind Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse and UCLA. The Irish have improved four spots in the all-time wins list since Mike Brey took over the program for the 2000-01 season, surpassing Indiana, Oregon State, Pennsylvania and St. John’s.
As of March 1, Notre Dame is the only NCAA program to rank in the top 10 for men’s basketball victories (1813) and football victories (892, 2nd).
ACADEMIC HONORS: The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team on March 1. Two members of Notre Dame’s freshman class – Rex Pflueger and Matt Ryan – were named to the 26-member team. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. FANTASTIC FOUR:
On Jan. 4, Irish head coach Mike Brey named Steve Vasturia a captain for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, joining Demetrius Jackson, Zach Auguste and A.J. Burgett as Irish players with a ‘C’ on their uniforms.
BEST POINT GUARD IN THE COUNTRY:
Demetrius Jackson has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in the nation by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Jackson leads the Irish with 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game.
BEST CENTER IN THE COUNTRY:
Zach Auguste has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Kareem Abul-Jabaar award, given to the top center in the nation by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Auguste is averaging a career-best 14.0 ppg and 10.4 rpg.
Auguste is also one of 11 semifinalists for the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Award, presented by the Tulsa Sports Charities. The award singles out a player who exhibits the traits of tenacity and unselfishness that Sutton advocated during his 36-year coaching career that included more than 800 victories.
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