Feb. 12, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Legendary Notre Dame basketball player Austin Carr, who was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in November of 2008 in Kansas City, Mo., will be honored at halftime of the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game on Thursday evening, February 21 in a game that will be televised on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. (EST).
A video tribute to Carr will be shown at halftime and a commemorative poster will be given out to early-arriving fans at the game. Carr, who still remains the school’s career scoring leader (2,560 points) and also holds the record for career scoring average, was part of the second class inducted into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Carr was inducted on Nov. 18 along with coaches Norm Stewart (Missouri), Guy Lewis (Houston), Lefty Driesell (Maryland) and player Dick Barnett (Tennessee) and Dick Groat (Duke). Former Duke coach Vic Bubas, a former basketball committee chairman and the first commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference, was inducted as a contributor.
Carr still remains the school’s all-time leading scorer more than 30 years following his graduation in 1971 with 2,560 points and also owns the best career scoring average in Notre Dame history at 34.6 points per game. A consensus All-American during his senior year season in 1970-71, Carr was the National Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and United Press International. He ranks as the greatest scorer in NCAA tournament history, thanks to his 41.3 career scoring average in NCAA games. Carr still holds the NCAA tournament single-game scoring record with 61 points against Ohio University in ’70, one of six NCAA marks he still holds. He also posted three of the top five single-game scoring efforts.
While at Notre Dame, Carr played in 74 career contests and scored 40 or more points on 23 occasions. A three-year starter, he averaged 22.0 points as a sophomore, 38.1 as a junior and 37.9 as a senior. Carr’s 34.6 career scoring average ranks second all-time on the NCAA list.
He was the first player chosen in the 1971 National Basketball Association Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played 10 seasons in the NBA.
Limited tickets for the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game are still available and can be purchased by phone at 574-631-7356 or through the school’s athletic department web site www.und.com.