Dec. 11, 2015
Notre Dame (6-2, 0-0) vs. Loyola Chicago (5-3, 0-0)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Site: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Talent: Mike Monaco (play-by-play); Ruth Riley (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND; Sirius/XM 84
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Jordan Cornett (Analyst)
NOTRE DAME AND LOYOLA CHICAGO SET FOR FIRST MEETING SINCE 2000
- The Notre Dame men’s basketball team returns to the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 13 as the Irish face Loyola Chicago in the first meeting between the two schools since 2000. Tip off for the contest is slated for 2 p.m. (ET).
- Coach Mike Brey’s squad, winners of two straight, will be looking to match its longest win streak of the 2015-16 campaign on Sunday. After dropping two of three in Orlando, Florida at the Advocare Invitational, the Irish registered wins against Illinois (84-79) and Stony Brook (86-61).
- Following the contest, Notre Dame will take a six-day break while in final exams and will then head to Indianapolis for the fifth annual Crossroads Classic. The Irish will face Indiana on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. (ET).
- Sunday’s matchup against Loyola Chicago will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Mike Monaco (play-by-play) and Ruth Riley (analyst) calling the action.
- A free audio broadcast will be available courtesy of WatchND. Jack Nolan will handle play-by-play duties, while Jordan Cornette will serve as analyst. The matchup is also available on Sirius and XM channel 84.
TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS
- Game tickets are available at the Murnane Family Ticket Center. For more information, call 574-631-7356 or visit www.UND.com/BuyTickets
- Notre Dame (6-2) is coming off its most impressive outing of the season, as the Irish defeated Stony Brook 86-61 on Tuesday evening, while the Ramblers (5-3) defeated Creighton 68-65 on Dec. 5.
- Sunday’s matchup will be the 32nd matchup between the two teams and the first since Nov. 22, 2000 when the Irish registered a 107-68 victory at Notre Dame. The Irish head into the contest riding a four-game win streak against the Ramblers.
- The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 29-2 versus the Ramblers. Notre Dame owns a 21-1 record all-time in games played at Notre Dame. Loyola is 1-7 all-time at Purcell Pavilion.
- Loyola Chicago’s lone win at Notre Dame was a 70-58 victory on Jan. 24, 1994.
- The Ramblers are led by three players in double figures scoring – junior guard Milton Doyle (14.4 ppg. and 5.3 rpg.), as well as senior guards Devon Turk (13.3 ppg. and 3.4 rpg.) and Earl Peterson (10.6 ppg. and 2.5 rpg.).
- Loyola is averaging 67.1 ppg., while yielding 64.4 ppg. to its opponents. The Ramblers are being outrebounding 32.9 to 32.4.
IRISH VERSUS THE MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE
- Notre Dame is 55-14 all-time versus teams currently in the Missouri Valley Conference.
- The Fighting Irish last faced a team from the MVC in March 2015 when they defeated Wichita State, 81-70, in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship regional semifinals in Cleveland, Ohio.
STONY BROOK REWIND
- Notre Dame played its most complete game of the 2015-16 campaign as the Irish were solid at both ends of the floor in their 86-61 win on Tuesday night.
- – Notre Dame held a 40-32 advantage at the break and then outscored the Seawolves 46-29 in the second half.
- The Irish shot 55.0 percent from the field and outrebounded Stony Brook 43-24 (+19), its second-largest rebounding advantage of the season.
- All five Notre Dame starters (for the third time this season) scored in double figures. Zach Auguste led the Irish with 23 points and 11 rebounds, as he posted his sixth double-double of the season.
- Demetrius Jackson produced his first career double-double as he finished the contest with 19 points while dishing off a career-high 10 assists.
- V.J. Beachem registered his fifth double-figure scoring effort of the campaign with his 14-point effort. Both Bonzie Colson and Steve Vasturia had 10 points in the game.
NOTRE DAME REACHES 1800-WIN MILESTON
- Notre Dame’s 84-79 victory at Illinois on Dec. 2 night marked the 1800th win in program history.
- The Fighting Irish are 1801-974 (.649) all-time in 111-plus seasons.
- Notre Dame is one of just nine Division I institutions with 1800 wins. The other eight are Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse, UCLA and St. John’s.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE
- Senior forward Zach Auguste has registered a double-double in six of eight games for the Irish this season. He is averaging career-bests of 15.3 points and 11.1 rebounds this season.
- His most recent double-double outing was against Stony Brook, as he led all scorers with a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.
- Auguste has scored in double figures in seven of eight games this season and grabbed 10-plus rebounds on seven occasions.
- Auguste had 16 points and matched his career high of 14 rebounds in Notre Dame’s previous outing against Illinois. He also had 14 rebounds in the season opener versus St. Francis (Pa.).
- Auguste has reached double figures in scoring 46 times during his career and finished with 20-plus points in six career contests. He also has 11 career double-doubles to his credit and finished with 10 or more rebounds on 13 occasions.
- Auguste has registered a double-double in three consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.
JACKSON DOUBLING IT UP
- Junior guard Demetrius Jackson posted his first career double-double in Tuesday night’s win over Stony Brook as he tallied 19 points and dished off a career-high 10 assists. He leads the Irish in scoring at 18.8 point per game and tops the team with 41 assists (5.1 aspg.).
- He and teammate Steve Vasturia are the only two players who have scored in double figures in all eight games.
- Jackson has topped the 20-plus point mark on four occasions this season
- Jackson has scored in double figures on 45 occasions and netted 20-plus points mark eight times.
- He began the season by scoring 20-plus points in each of Notre Dame’s first two contests. Jackson scored a career-high 27 points in the season opener against St. Francis (Pa.) as he connected on 10-14 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. He followed that up with a 20-point effort versus Milwaukee that marked the first time in his career that he netted 20-plus points I back-to-back contests.
- Jackson also finished 20 points in the loss to Monmouth for the seventh 20-plus point effort of his career.
BEACHEM CONTINUES TO BE A FORCE FOR THE IRISH
- Junior forward V.J. Beachem is averaging career bests of 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while starting all eight games for the Irish.
- He registered double figures in all three of Notre Dame’s games at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando. Beachem tallied 14 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds versus Monmouth, scored 16 points and hauled in five rebounds against Iowa and finished with 13 points and five rebounds against Alabama.
- Beachem has netted double figures 16 times during his career. His three-game double-figure scoring streak in Orlando matched the longest of his career.
CALL HIM MR. CONSISTENT
- Junior guard Steve Vasturia has scored in double figures in all eight games this season as he is averaging 13.4 points per game.
- Vasturia ended the 2014-15 campaign by netting double figures in each of Notre Dame’s last three games. His current 11-game double-figure scoring streak is the longest of his career and the longest active streak for any member of the Irish squad.
- Vasturia has netted double figures in 33 career outings and topped the 20-plus point mark twice during his career.
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