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Irish Back In Purcell To Face Tar Heels


The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (15-10, 6-8) returns home on one day of rest to face North Carolina (10-15, 3-11) on ESPN’s Big Money (7 p.m. ET).

  • The contest caps a challenging week of contests for the Irish who began last Sunday night at Clemson, followed by a Thursday night trip to Virginia and a Saturday afternoon trip to Duke.
  • Notre Dame is looking to end a seven-game winning streak by the Tar Heels in the series – after the Irish won three straight against North Carolina in 2014-15 and 2015-16 – including the 2015 ACC Championship Game in Greensboro, NC.
  • The Irish and Tar Heels are meeting for the second time this season after a 76-65 UNC victory in Chapel Hill on the first night of ACC play this season back on November 6, 2019. Prentiss Hubb led the Irish in that contest with 22 points and five three-point field goals.
DateMonday, February 17, 2020
Time7:00 p.m. ET
Site: Purcell Pavilion
• Notre Dame, IN
• Capacity 9,149
• Sean McDonough (play-by-play)
• Jimmy Dykes (analyst)
• Allison Williams (sideline)
Radio:Notre Dame Radio Network
• Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
• Zach Hillesland (Notre Dame '09) (analyst)
Available locally on WSBT AM/FM and worldwide on
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Notre Dame leads the country in least amount of fouls committed per game (12.4).


Notre Dame leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.70. The Irish are ahead of Belmont (1.59) and BYU (1.56). Notre Dame has 421 assists this season compared to just 248 turnovers.


Senior John Mooney is second in the nation in and leads all major conference players in rebounds-per-game with a 12.8 average. Mooney has recorded double-doubles in 20 of 24 games played this season. He is the only player in Division I averaging 16-plus points and 12-plus rebounds per game this season. 


John Mooney is second in the nation with 20 double-doubles this season behind William & Mary’s Nathan Knight (21 in 28 games) as of Sunday, February 16.


Notre Dame is third in the country in least amount of turnovers committed per game (9.9), behind Liberty (9.8) and Virginia Tech (9.8).


North Carolina will be making just its fourth trip to Purcell Pavilion as an ACC opponent, while the Irish have made the trip to Chapel Hill six times (which includes a game moved to Greensboro Coliseum) since 2013-14. Notre Dame is 1-2 against UNC as an ACC opponent at home – with an average of 2.6 points separating the Irish and Tar Heels over those three games at Purcell Pavilion.    


Sophomore Dane Goodwin is the only player in the ACC averaging double figures this season with less than three games started. He leads all major conference players in points per game off the bench and ranks sixth among all Division I players (see page 7 for more details).


Notre Dame is currently eighth in the country and first in the ACC in assists per game with a 16.8 average. The Irish have posted six games this season with over 20 team assists (22 vs. Howard, 24 vs. FDU, school-record tying 33 vs. Detroit Mercy, 23 vs. Alabama A&M, 26 at Syracuse, 23 vs. Syracuse).


Career-high points scored at No. 7/7 Duke on Saturday afternoon for senior forward Juwan Durham. The Tampa, Florida, native – who retains a year of eligibility next season – recorded his first career 20-point game against the Blue Devils. Over the past four games, Durham is averaging 11.5 ppg and shooting .740 (20-27) from the field.


Notre Dame leads all ACC teams with 23 1,000-point scorers since Mike Brey took over the program in 2000-01. Among all Division I teams, Notre Dame trails only Villanova (24) in amount of 1,000 point scorers during the Brey era. The Irish are tied for fourth all-time in 1,000 point scorers with 64. See page 3 for more details. 


John Mooney has posted 40 of his 41 career double-doubles in the last two seasons. He leads all Division I players in double-doubles since the start of the 2018-19 season, ahead of Bethune Cookman’s Cletrell Pope (34) and Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho (33).


Shooting percentage in ACC competition this season for Juwan Durham, which would place him third on the Notre Dame single-season list (minimum of 50 attempts). Currently he is behind Zach Auguste (.570 in 2014-15) and Martinas Geben (.568 in 2017-18).


Percentage of ACC starts that John Mooney has earned a double-double in during his career (25 in 39 games) – the best percentage since 1996-97. He is ahead of UNC’s Brice Johnson (20 of 35, .574) and UNC’s John Henson (19 of 36, .521).


Percentage of double-doubles in games played this season for John Mooney (20 of 24). That percentage is the best in the country and threatens Blake Griffin from Oklahoma (30 of 35, .857) and Kenny Adeleke (Hartford, 24 of 28, .857) for the highest percentage in Division I over the past 20 years.


Career starts logged by senior T.J. Gibbs, who could become the 11th Notre Dame player to record over 100 starts in a career. Gibbs is ahead of Troy Murphy (93) and behind Eric Atkins (105). See sidebar, page 8 for the top 11 in career games started at Notre Dame.


Career games played by Rex Pflueger, who could become the most experienced player, in terms of games played, in Notre Dame history. Pat Connaughton (2011-15) currently holds the school record with 139 games played. Pflueger is tied for eighth in the country for active players in games played. The Dana Point, California, native is on pace to set the school record for games played in his final home game against Virginia Tech on March 7.

For more notes and information, see the full PDF package:

Notre Dame MBB vs. North Carolina Game Notes (PDF)