March 29, 2015
University of Notre Dame Men’s Basketball
NCAA Championship Â· Midwest Regional Final
#1 seed Kentucky 68, #3 seed Notre Dame 66
March 28, 2015
Quicken Loans Arena Â· Cleveland, Ohio
Â· This was Notre Dame’s first Elite Eight appearance since 1979 and the sixth regional final all-time for the Fighting Irish … Notre Dame is 1-5 all-time in regional final games.
Â· Notre Dame moved to 34-38 all-time in the NCAA tournament (34 appearances) … the Fighting Irish are 9-10 in the NCAA tournament under head coach Mike Brey (10 appearances).
Â· Notre Dame finished the season 32-6 … the 32 wins are the second-most in program history (33-7 in 1908-09).
Â· This was the 62nd meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Kentucky and the first since Nov. 29, 2012 (a 64-50 Irish win) … the Wildcats lead the series 43-19 … this was the third time Notre Dame and Kentucky met in the NCAA tournament and the second time in a regional final (1958 the other) … the Wildcats have won all three NCAA tournament games versus the Irish.
Â· Note Dame was 9-4 this season in games decided by five points or less.
Â· Notre Dame only committed seven turnovers … it was the 20th time this season the Irish had less than 10 turnovers in a game.
Â· The game was tied 31-31 at halftime … it was the first time this season the Fighting were tied with their opponent at halftime.
Â· Demetrius Jackson (So./G), Jerian Grant (Sr./G), Steve Vasturia (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F) and Zach Auguste (Jr./F) started tonight’s contest … the Irish were 30-6 this season with that starting quintet.
Â· A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 547.
Zach Auguste (Jr./F)
Â· Scored a team-high 20 points … it was the fifth time this season (second in the NCAA tournament) that he reached the 20-point plateau.
Â· Netted double-figures for the second straight game and the 28th time this season.
Â· Was 10-of-13 from the field … was 28-of-40 (.700) from the field in Notre Dame’s four NCAA tournament games.
Â· Hauled down a team-high tying nine rebounds.
Pat Connaughton (Sr./G-F)
Â· Grabbed a team-high tying nine rebounds.
Â· Made his 120th consecutive start and his 123rd career start overall … played in all 139 games during his Notre Dame career.
Â· Finished his Notre Dame career first in games played (139), third in games started (123), fifth in made three-pointers (268), 12th in rebounds (823) and 17th in points (1,465)
Jerian Grant (Sr./G)
Â· Scored in double-figures (15 points) for a team-best 34th time this season (99th time of his career).
Â· Dished out a game-high six assists and only committed one turnover.
Â· Played all 40 minutes … played every minute in 12 games this season, including all four NCAA tournament games.
Â· Concluded his Notre Dame career third in assists (690), fifth in games started (117), fifth in steals (175), ninth in made three-pointers (179) and 11th in points (1,739)
Demetrius Jackson (So./G)
Â· Played all 40 minutes … it was the second time this season he played every minute of a game.
Steve Vasturia (So./G)
Â· Scored in double-figures (16 points) for the third straight game and the 21st time this season.