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NOTRE DAME AT DUKE

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (15-9, 6-7) completes a challenging three-game road trip at No. 7/7 Duke (21-3, 11-2) on ESPN Saturday afternoon (4 p.m. ET).

  • The contest caps a three-game road swing for Notre Dame, facing Clemson (Sunday, W, 61-57), Virginia (Tuesday, L, 50-49 OT) and Duke (Saturday) before a Big Monday home match up with North Carolina. The Irish are the only ACC team scheduled for three away games over the course of seven days in league action this season.
  • Notre Dame is looking for its second win in Durham and trails Duke 5-27 in the all-time series.
  • The Irish claimed victories in five of the first six meetings between Notre Dame and Duke as ACC opponents, including a 79-77 win in Purcell Pavilion on Jan. 4, 2014 – the first regular-season ACC game played at Notre Dame.
  • The lone victory for Notre Dame at Duke occurred in 2016, when the Irish defeated No. 9/6 Duke 95-91. Graduate student Rex Pflueger hit a key late-shot clock three-point field goal in that victory.
  • Mike Brey, an assistant under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1987-1995, helped guide the Blue Devils through back-to-back National Championships (1991, 1992) and six Final Four appearances (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994). Brey is the only former Krzyzewski assistant to earn a coaching victory against Duke after serving on the Blue Devil staff.
NOTRE DAMEGAME DAY INFORMATION
DateSaturday, February 15, 2020
Time4:00 p.m. ET
Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium
• Durham, NC
• Capacity 9,314
TV:ESPN
• Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
• Dick Vitale (analyst)
• Kris Budden (sideline)
Available online through network carrier authentication.

Radio:Notre Dame Radio Network
• Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
• Zach Hillesland (analyst)
Available locally on WSBT AM/FM and worldwide on und.com.
Tickets:Tickets available via the Notre Dame Vivid Ticket Exchange

Notre Dame MBB Notes at Duke (PDF)

BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH AT BLUE DEVILS

1

Notre Dame leads the country in least amount of fouls committed per game (12.4).

1

Notre Dame leads the country in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.74. The Irish are ahead of BYU (1.55) and Virginia Tech (1.53). Notre Dame has 407 assists this season compared to just 234 turnovers.

1

Notre Dame is first in the country in least amount of turnovers committed per game (9.75), ahead of Virginia Tech (9.83) and Liberty (9.9). Those are the only three teams in the country averaging less that 10.0 turnovers per game.

1

Senior John Mooney is tied for first in the nation with 20 double-doubles this season behind William & Mary’s Nathan Knight (20 in 26 games) as of Thursday, February 13.

2

John Mooney is second in the nation in and leads all major conference players in rebounds-per-game with a 13.0 average. Mooney has recorded double-doubles in 20 of 23 games played this season. He is the only player in Division I averaging 16-plus points and 13-plus rebounds per game this season. 

3

After facing Virginia on Tuesday after a day of rest (the Irish defeated Clemson Sunday night in South Carolina), Notre Dame will face another quick turnaround this weekend at Duke Saturday night – then returning home for ESPN’s Big Monday against North Carolina. The Irish join NC State as the only team with back-to-back one-day turnarounds scheduled in ACC play this year. Notre Dame had three days between the two schedule challenges, while the Wolfpack earned four days of rest.

5

Victories in 13 meetings against Mike Krzyzewski for Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey. An assistant at Duke for Krzyzewski from 1987-95, Brey is the only former Blue Devil assistant to defeat Duke as a head coach. Krzyzewski has faced his former staff members 28 times over the years. 

11.2

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).

16/13/2/1

So far in 2019-20, John Mooney is averaging 16.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 2.0 (1.95) apg and 1.2 spg. He is the only player in Division I to boast those number combinations and the first Division I player since Blake Griffin posted 22.7 ppg, 14.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.1 spg in 2008-09.

17.0

Notre Dame is currently eighth in the country and first in the ACC in assists per game with a 17.0 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).

23

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. 

33

Notre Dame and Duke will be meeting for the 33rd time Saturday afternoon with the Blue Devils holding a 27-5 advantage in the series. The Irish will be looking for their second victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium (1-8), following a 95-91 victory on Jan. 16, 2016.     

40

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).

87

Percentage of double-doubles in games played this season for John Mooney (20 of 23). That bests 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.

93

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 tied with Troy Murphy (93) and behind Eric Atkins (105). See sidebar, page 8 for the top 11 in career games started at Notre Dame.

133

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.

IRISH TO COMPLETE CHALLENGING ACC ROAD SWING

After a 3-0 sweep of a three-game home stand, Notre Dame will complete a three-game road trip on Saturday night that included a victory at Clemson and overtime loss at Virginia – followed by the trip to Duke in a seven-day span. The Irish are the only team in the ACC to face three conference road contests in a seven-day window this season.

Notre Dame joins Duke as the only team in the ACC required to play a game after one day of rest after a three-game road swing (Duke’s three-game road trip covered eight days) and NC State as the only teams with a series of back-to-back games consecutively this year (NC State received four days of rest in between the two games, the Irish three).

ACC THREE-GAME ROAD TRIPS

Team

Days

1st Opp

2nd Opp

3rd Opp

Days Until Next Game

Next Opponent

NOTRE DAME

7

at Clemson (W)

at Virginia (L OT)

at Duke

1

North Carolina

Feb. 9, 6 p.m.

Feb. 11, 9 p.m.

Feb. 15, 4 p.m.

Duke

8

at Syracuse (W)

at Boston College (W)

at North Carolina (W)

1

Florida State (W)

Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8, 6 p.m.

Boston College

8

at Syracuse (L)

at Wake Forest (L)

at Pittsburgh (L)

2

Virginia Tech (W)

Jan. 15, 6:30 pm.

Jan. 19, 6 p.m.

Jan. 22, 9 p.m.

Louisville

8

at Notre Dame (W)

at Pittsburgh (W)

at Duke (W)

2

Georgia Tech (W)

Jan. 22 , 2 p.m.

Jan. 14, 7 p.m.

Jan. 18, 6 p.m.

Miami

11

at Virginia Tech

at Notre Dame

at Georgia Tech

3

Virginia

Feb. 19, 9 p.m.

Feb. 23, 6 p.m.

Feb. 29, 6 or 8 p.m.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTED BY 1,000 POINT SCORERS

Notre Dame has produced 64 1,000 point scorers throughout the history of the program with 23 of those players reaching that statistical milestone during the Mike Brey era (2000-01 – current). Of the 85 players who have suited up for Notre Dame under Mike Brey, 36 of them were recruited by the staff and exhausted their eligibility with the Irish – 20 of those players have scored more than 1,000 points in a career.

Since 2000-01, Notre Dame leads all ACC teams in 1,000 point scorers (23) and is second in the country over that time frame to Villanova.

School

All-Time 1,000 Point Scorers

1,000 Point Scorers since 2000-01

North Carolina

77

20

Louisville

69

18

Duke

67

20

NOTRE DAME

64

23

Villanova

64

24

Syracuse

62

19

Kansas

61

19

MOONEY SUPERLATIVES

John Mooney’s production over the past two seasons has been remarkable and is chronicled over the next three pages. Here are his major superlatives (with additional information for many of the statistics in the following notes) –

  • The only Division I player averaging 16-plus points and 13-plus rebounds. Since 1995-96, only Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin have posted similar numbers from a major conference player.
  • Second in the nation with 13.0 rebounds per game and first among major conference players.
  • 20 double-doubles is tied for the nation’s lead and his 40 double-doubles over the past two seasons is the most in Division I.
  • 11 double-doubles in 13 ACC games this season puts the conference record of 16 from Tim Duncan (1996-97) in reach.
  • 25 double-doubles in 53 career ACC games puts Mooney behind Travis Watson from UVA for the most in the ACC since 1995-96.
  • Mooney posted 12 straight double-doubles earlier this season and joins Walt Sahm (four) and LaPhonso Ellis (three) as the only Notre Dame players with three-or-more streaks of five-or-more consecutive double-doubles (Mooney currently owns a streak of five double-doubles entering the Duke game).

MOONEY SECOND IN THE COUNTRY IN REBOUNDING

Senior forward John Mooney is second in the nation in rebounds per game with a 13.0 average. Mooney is the only Division I player in the country averaging 16-plus points and 13-plus rebounds per game (as of February 10, 2020).

NATIONAL REBOUNDING LEADERS:

Player

School

Reb/Game

Kevin Marfo

Quinnipiac

13.3

JOHN MOONEY

NOTRE DAME

13.0

Willie Jackson

Toledo

12.0

James Butler

Drexel

11.9

Elyjah Goss

IUPUI

11.7

Daniel Orturu

Minnesota

11.5

Cletrell Pope

Bethune Cookman

11.4

MOONEY CLIMBING THE BREY-ERA CAREER REBOUND CHART

Passing 800 career rebounds against Pittsburgh, John Mooney became the sixth Mike Brey-era (2000-01- current) player to collect 800 or more rebounds. The see sidebar on page 4 for the all-time rebounding chart (Mooney currently ranks 13th).

BREY ERA REBOUNDING TOTALS

Player

Seasons

Rebounds

Luke Harangody

2006-10

1,222

Torin Francis

2002-06

969

Bonzie Colson

2014-18

900

JOHN MOONEY

2015-20

829

Pat Connaughton

2011-15

823

Zach Auguste

2012-16

822

Jack Cooley

2009-13

792

Rob Kurz

2004-08

650

MOONEY GRABS 200 REBOUNDS IN JUST 15 GAMES

John Mooney reached the 200 rebound plateau in just his 15th game played against Louisville on Jan. 11. That matches Blake Griffin (2008-09) for the fastest to 200 rebounds in a season since Tim Duncan did it in 14 games during the 1996-97 season.

FEWEST GAMES TO 200 REBOUNDS, SINCE 1996-97, MAJOR CONFERENCES

Tim Duncan

Wake Forest

1996-97

14

JOHN MOONEY

Notre Dame

2019-20

15

Blake Griffin

Oklahoma

2008-09

15

Luke Harangody

Notre Dame

2008-09

16

Seven Others

16

FEWEST GAMES TO 200 REBOUNDS, SINCE 1996-97, ALL DIVISION I

Tim Duncan

Wake Forest

1996-97

14

Adonal Foyle

Colgate

1996-97

14

JOHN MOONEY

Notre Dame

2019-20

15

Five Others

15

MOONEY SETS CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES MARK

With 12 consecutive double-doubles this season, a streak that ended on Saturday at No. 5/6 Florida State, senior John Mooney set the school record for consecutive games with a double-double. Luke Harangody previously held the mark with 11 straight in 2008-09. Mooney is the only Notre Dame player to ever record two double-double streaks over eight games in a career.

Currently on a five-game run of double-doubles, Mooney joins Walt Sahm (four) and LaPhonso Ellis (three) as the only Notre Dame players to own three different streaks of five or more consecutive double-doubles.

Player

Consecutive Double-Doubles

Year

JOHN MOONEY

12

2019-20

Luke Harangody

11

2008-09

Armand Reo

10

1961-62

LaPhonso Ellis

9

1991-92

John Mooney

8

2018-19

Walt Sam

8

1964-65

MOONEY POSTING DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN 65 PERCENT OF HIS CAREER STARTS

Up to 41 career double-doubles (seventh all-time at Notre Dame), John Mooney has posted nearly all of his career double-doubles in the past two seasons. He has earned a double-double in 41 of 63 starts – a .651 percentage that has not been seen since game starts became an official stat in the 1978-79 season. Expand to just games played against some of the top double-double performers in school history and the .651 percentage remains on the top of the charts.

Player

Double-Doubles

Starts

Double-Double Percentage

Seasons

JOHN MOONEY

41

63

.651

2016-current

Walt Sahm

43

68*

.632

1962-65

Luke Harangody

64

108

.592

2006-10

Bob Whitmore

47

84*

.559

1966-69

Ron Reed

33

61*

.540

1962-65

Bob Arnzen

44

82*

.536

1966-69

Ryan Humphrey

32

60

.533

2000-02

* – career game starts unavailable, total games played statistic used

MOONEY BECOMES 10TH IRISH PLAYER WITH OVER 600 REBOUNDS IN FINAL TWO SEASONS

Currently the 13th leading rebounder in Notre Dame history, John Mooney has posted much of that production over the past two seasons. In fact, Mooney has pulled down 669 rebounds since the start of the 2018-19 season. Only nine other Notre Dame players have posted over 600 rebounds throughout their final two seasons in an Irish uniform:

600 REBOUNDS – FINAL TWO SEASONS AT NOTRE DAME

Player

Final Two Seasons

Total Rebounds

Tom Hawkins

1957-58, 1958-59

834

Collis Jones

1969-70, 1970-71

741

Walt Sahm

1963-64, 1964-65

708

Mike Graney

1958-59, 1959-60

687

John Shumate

1972-73, 1973-74

684

Ron Reed

1963-64, 1964-65

675

JOHN MOONEY

2018-19, 2019-20

669

Bob Whitmore

1967-68, 1968-69

659

Luke Harangody

2008-09, 2009-10

624

Troy Murphy

1999-2000, 2000-01

607

IRISH TRADITIONALLY AMONG BEST IN THE COUNTRY AT TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

Notre Dame finished third in the NCAA last season in turnovers per game – posting the fifth consecutive season of ranking in the nation’s top-10 for least amount of turnovers in a game. The Irish are also perennially one of the top teams in the country in assist to turnover ratio.

The Irish have not averaged over 10.0 turnovers per game since a 10.3 mark in 2013-14 (which was still good enough for 26th nationally).

NOTRE DAME TURNOVERS PER GAME, LAST FIVE SEASONS

Season

Turnovers/Game

National Rank

Conf. Rank

Ast/Turnover

National Rank

Conf. Rank

2014-15

9.4

5

2

1.61

4

2

2015-16

10

10

3

1.34

43

5

2016-17

9.5

2

1

1.66

2

1

2017-18

9.9

7

2

1.46

14

3

2018-19

9.3

3

2

1.38

18

3

2019-20

9.75

1

1

1.74

1

1

A DECADE OF ‘NO FOUL’ CONTINUES

One of the mantras of Notre Dame basketball under Mike Brey has been to keep the amount of opponent foul shots down. Defend without fouling is a way of life for Irish basketball and the statistics bear out that trend.

In the last 10 years, Notre Dame has failed to finish among the top 10 in least amount of personal fouls committed just twice. They have also led the country in least amount of personal fouls three times.

NOTRE DAME FOULS PER GAME NATIONAL/CONFERENCE FINAL RANKING

Year

Fouls Per Game

NCAA Raking

Conference Ranking

2009-10

15.1

10

2

2010-11

15.2

11

1

2011-12

13.8

1

1

2012-13

14.1

8

1

2013-14

16.2

15

5

2014-15

15.1

6

1

2015-16

15.1

1

1

2016-17

14.9

4

1

2017-18

13.1

1

1

2018-19

13.8

1

1

2019-20

12.4

1

1

STATISTICAL MILESTONES

Notre Dame’s veteran players are approaching, or have reached, some noteworthy statistical milestones:

Player

Milestone

Current Stat

All-Time ND Rank

Brey-Era Rank

Milestones Reached

John Mooney

1000 points

1053

64

25

Rex Pflueger

130 games

133

8

8

Rex Pflueger

300 assists

326

21

11

T.J. Gibbs

350 assists

357

16

10

Milestones Ahead

Juwan Durham

150 blocks

116

6

4

T.J. Gibbs

250 3FGM

224

7

5

John Mooney

900 rebounds

829

9

4

T.J. Gibbs

4000 minutes

3872

9

9

T.J. Gibbs

1500 points

1480

17

7

GOODWIN LEADS MAJOR CONFERENCE PLAYERS FOR PPG OFF THE BENCH

Sophomore Dane Goodwin has made just one start this season in place of graduate student Rex Pflueger who missed the NC State game (Jan. 8, 2019) with knee pain. Among major conference players who have appeared in 15 or more games this season and made less than five starts Goodwin leads the nation in points off the bench with a 11.2 average.

Player

Seasons

Total Games

Games Started

PPG off bench

DANE GOODWIN

NOTRE DAME

24

1

11.2

Miles McBride

West Virginia

24

0

9.6

Izaiah Brockington

Penn State

24

0

8.8

Jordan Tucker

Butler

20

4

8.7

Jacob Young

Rutgers

24

0

8.6

Among all Division I players, Goodwin’s ppg off the bench ranks sixth (15 games played, less than five starts).

Player

Seasons

Total Games

Games Started

PPG off bench

Collin Welp

UC-Irvine

24

2

14.2

Javonte Perkins

Saint Louis

23

1

12.9

Majesty Brandon

Canisius

19

4

12.7

Tray Boyd III

East Tenn. State

22

2

12.6

Darius Williams

Prairie View A&M

21

2

11.6

DANE GOODWIN

NOTRE DAME

24

1

11.2

GIBBS SETS NOTRE DAME CAREER ACC SCORING MARK

Senior T.J. Gibbs set the ACC career scoring mark on February 2, 2020, with a game-high 23 points against Wake Forest, surpassing the mark held by Steve Vasturia (72 games, 739 points).

Player

Seasons

ACC Games

Points

PPG

T.J. GIBBS

2016-current

66

817

12.4

Steve Vasturia

2016-20

72

739

10.3

Bonzie Colson

2014-18

54

696

12.9

V.J. Beachem

2013-17

71

619

8.7

Zach Auguste

2013-16

53

575

10.8

Demetrius Jackson

2013-16

51

549

10.8

Matt Farrell

2014-18

47

491

10.4

John Mooney

2016-current

46

499

10.8

Pat Connaughton

2013-15

36

455

12.6

Jerian Grant

2014-15

18

295

16.4

In terms of all conference action for the Irish, Gibbs ranks 11th on the scoring list with 817 points. Luke Harangody (1,329) and Chris Thomas (1,099) pace the Irish record books in terms of all-time point totals in conference play.

GIBBS AMONG THE NATION’S TOP CAREER CONFERENCE SCORERS

Senior T.J. Gibbs has surpassed 800 points in regular season ACC play in his career – the 12th active Division I major conference player to reach that plateau.

Player

Seasons

School

Conference

Games

Points

PPG

Markus Howard

2016-current

Marquette

BIG EAST

65

1408

21.7

Lamar Stevens

2016-current

Penn State

Big Ten

69

1143

16.6

Myles Powell

2016-current

Seton Hall

BIG EAST

66

1136

17.2

Tres Tinkle

2015-current

Oregon State

Pac-12

62

1101

17.8

Kamar Baldwin

2016-current

Butler

BIG EAST

66

1063

16.1

Anthony Cowan Jr.

2016-current

Maryland

Big Ten

69

1010

14.6

Cassius Winston

2016-current

Michigan State

Big Ten

70

995

14.2

Breein Tyree

2016-current

Mississippi

SEC

64

977

15.3

Mustapha Meron

2016-current

St. John’s

BIG EAST

60

899

15.0

Payton Pritchard

2016-curent

Oregon

Pac-12

65

830

12.8

T.J. GIBBS

2016-current

NOTRE DAME

ACC

66

817

12.4

HUBB REACHES 200 CAREER ASSISTS… QUICKLY

Sophomore Prentiss Hubb led the Irish with nine assists in the victory at Syracuse on January 4, 2020, reaching 203 career assists in his 47th game in an Irish uniform. Since 1996-97, that is the fifth-quickest for any player at Notre Dame.

Player

Games to 200th Assist

Date of 200th Assist

Career Assists

Chris Thomas

27

2-23-02 at Miami (FL)

833

Martin Ingelsby

38

12-21-98 Stetson

526

Jerian Grant

41

11-26-12 Chicago State

690

Tory Jackson

43

12-29-07 Brown

694

PRENTISS HUBB

47

1-4-20 at Syracuse

203

DURHAM POSTS TWO NOTEWORTHY DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Senior Juwan Durham responded to the loss of John Mooney (illness) on the front line against Presbyterian with 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots to record his second career double-double. He followed up with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four more blocks against Fairleigh Dickinson. It was just the seventh and eighth time a Mike Brey era player has recorded 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 4+ blocks – and the first time since John Mooney did it at North Carolina last season.

Others who have accomplished such a double-double include current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey (2001), Torin Francis twice (2003, 2004), Luke Harangody (2008) and Bonzie Colson (2017).

DURHAM ALREADY AMONG TOP SHOT BLOCKERS IN NOTRE DAME HISTORY

Blocked shots are one of the youngest official NCAA official statistics, only becoming a part of the game boxscore for the 1985-86 season. With that in mind, it is still noteworthy that senior Juwan Durham (who still retains a year of eligibility after 2019-20) has already established himself as one of the top shot blockers in Notre Dame history.

In his first full season at Notre Dame in 2018-19, Durham swatted 63 shots which ranks fifth on the Notre Dame single-season blocked shots list.

This season, Durham pushed his career blocked-shot average to 2.3 and is one of just three Notre Dame players to average over 2.0 blocks per game in their career:

Player

Seasons

Blocks Per Game

Ryan Humphrey

2000-02

2.8

JUWAN DURHAM

2018-current

2.3

LaPhonso Ellis

1988-92

2.1

Durham’s 116 total blocks at Notre Dame currently rank him ninth all-time (see sidebar, page 7). Jordan Cornette is the Notre Dame blocked shots record holder with 201 from 2001-05.

PFLUEGER APPROACHING NOTEWORTHY CAREER MILESTONE COMBINATION

Graduate student Rex Pflueger is approaching a combination of career statistical totals that would make him one of just four Irish players to ever reach a unique combination of statistical marks.

Pflueger is approaching 700 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals in his Notre Dame career – only Chris Thomas (2002-05), David Graves (1999-02) and Tory Jackson (2007-10) have reached those plateaus in combination.

Player

Years

Points (700+)

Rebounds (400+)

Assists (300+)

Steals (150+)

Chris Thomas

2002-05

2,195

528

833

244

David Graves

1999-02

1,746

620

340

202

Tory Jackson

2007-10

1,231

526

694

211

REX PFLUEGER

2015-current

724

408

326

133