Nov. 15, 2014
Notre Dame (1-0)
Friday, Nov. 16, 2014
2 p.m. (ET)
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, Ind.
Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play)
Mark Adams (analyst)
Broadcast on WatchND (free)
Sirius 108/XM 194
Check affiliates on Pg. 4 of notes packet
Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
Jordan Cornette (analyst)
Gametracker on UND.com
NOTRE DAME PLAYS SECOND GAME IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS
- Notre Dame is back in action again less than 48 hours after defeating Binghamton 82-39 Friday night (Nov. 14) in its season opener. The Irish play host to Navy in a 2 pm. (ET) matchup inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
- Navy enters the game with an 0-1 record after dropping a 64-59 decision to 18th-ranked Michigan State.
- Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (analyst) calling the action.
- A free audio broadcast will be available on WatchND.tv. Jack Nolan will handle play-by-play duties, while Jordan Cornette will serve as the analyst. The contest also is available on Sirius 108 and XM 194.
- Notre Dame’s showdowns with Binghamton on Friday and Navy on Sunday are part of the 2014 Tip-Off Tournament. The Fighting Irish are in the Naismith Bracket and they will face Massachusetts and Providence Nov. 22 and 23, respectively, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
BUSY BEGINNING FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH
- Friday’s season opener against Binghamton marked the first of three games in a six-day span for the Fighting Irish. After the matchup versus Navy, Notre Dame will face Coppin State on Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Purcell Pavilion.
- Notre Dame is slated to play 11 games in the first 30 days of the season. That stretch concludes a Dec. 13 contest at Purcell Pavilion against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
IRISH SUCCESSFUL IN SEASON OPENERS
- Following Friday night’s victory over Binghamton Notre Dame owns an all-time record of 92-18 (.836) in season openers and has won all 15 openers under head coach Mike Brey. The last time Notre Dame lost a season opener was against Miami (Ohio) (76-65) on November 13, 1998.
- Since the opening of Purcell Pavilion (formerly the Joyce Center), Notre Dame teams are 41-6 (.872) in season openers at home. This is the 15th straight season Notre Dame has opened a season at home.
NOVEMBERS TO REMEMBER
- Notre Dame is 51-1 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey.
- The only loss during that stretch was last season’s 83-70 setback to Indiana State.
IRISH AGAINST THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
- Notre Dame is 52-5 all-time against teams currently in the Patriot League. Sunday’s contest with Navy will mark the second consecutive year the Irish have faced a team from that conference. Last season, the Irish defeated Army 93-60 on Nov. 24, 2013.
CONNAUGHTON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
- With his 17-point performance against Binghamton Pat Connaughton eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career to become the 56th member of Notre Dame’s 1,000-point club. He has netted 1,007 points in 102 career games (9.9 ppg.)
- Connaughton became the second current Fighting Irish player with at least 1,000 career points. Senior Jerian Grant has tallied 1,125 points in an Irish uniform.
BREY NOTCHES 400TH CAREER WIN
- Notre Dame’s season opener against Binghamton signalled the beginning of head coach Mike Brey’s 20th season as a head coach. Friday night’s 82-39 win over the Bearcats marked his 400th career win as a college head coach. He has registered a 400-211 (.655) record in 19-plus seasons at both Delaware and Notre Dame.
- Brey earned his 300th win at Notre Dame last season against Georgia Tech on Feb. 26, 2014. He has compiled a 301-159 (.654) record in his 14-plus seasons in South Bend. He is one of 16 active head coaches to have 300 or more Division I victories at their current institution.
- Only two other Notre Dame head coaches have reached the 300-win milestone. Digger Phelps led the Fighting Irish to a 393-197 record from 1971-91. George Keogan notched a 327-97 mark from 1923-43.
- The 39 points scored by Binghamton marked the third time that a Notre Dame team under Mike Brey has held an opponent to under 40 points and the first time since 2007. The two other times were in a 54-38 victory over Charleston Southern on Nov. 26, 2004 at Purcell Pavilion and against Monmouth (76-33) on Nov. 16, 2007, in the U.S. Virgin Island.
- The 43-point margin of victory was the most lopsided Irish win since Notre Dame defeated Northern Illinois by 46 points (108-62), on Dec. 8, 2007 at Purcell Pavilion. It also was the 12th time under Brey that the Irish registered a 40-plus point victory.
- Notre Dame turned the ball over just seven times in the game, but the Bearcats did not have a steal. That’s the first time in the Brey era (460 games) that an Irish opponent did not have a steal in a game.
- Senior guard/forward Pat Connaughton has been named captain for the 2014-15 season. Connaughton served as one of four captains for the Irish a year ago and becomes the 22nd different Notre Dame men’s basketball player to serve as a captain in multiple seasons.
- Since the 1985-86 campaign, only four other players have served as lone captains for their Irish teams– Ken Barlow (1985-86), Tim Singleton (1990-91), Ryan Hoover (1995-96) and Rob Kurz (2007-08).
- Pat Connaughton has never missed a game during his Fighting Irish career. He has played in all 102 contests, including 86 starts. Connaughton has started 83 consecutive games.
- Connaughton never left the court in eight games in 2013-14 (six times in ACC play).
- In ACC regular-season contests, Connaughton ranked third in minutes played per game (39.00). On the season, he ranked 17th nationally in minutes played per game (37:11).
- The Fighting Irish were picked to finish seventh in the ACC for the 2014-15 season, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball.” Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant was selected to the Preseason All-ACC Team for the second consecutive year.
A BUSY INGELSBY HOUSEHOLD
- Notre Dame assistant coach Martin Ingelsby and his wife Colleen welcomed the third addition to their family on Monday, Nov. 10 with the arrival of a son, Jack Fitzgerald Ingelsby. He joins four-year-old twins Will and Kate.
110 YEARS OF FIGHTING IRISH BASKETBALL
- The 2014-15 campaign marks the 110th season of basketball at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame teams have posted an all-time record of 1764-966 for a .646 winning percentage.
TOM HAWKINS TO BE INDUCTED INTO NOTRE DAME RING OF HONOR
- Nearly 56 years have passed since Tom Hawkins played his final collegiate men’s basketball game for the University of Notre Dame, yet the indelible mark he left on the program remains intact today. While dozens of players have donned an Irish uniform since Hawkins last took the court, none have been able to duplicate his rebounding as he remains the career leader in that category.
- Hawkins, whose 1,318 career rebounds rank currently as the oldest record in the 109-year annals of Fighting Irish men’s basketball, will become the seventh inductee into the Notre Dame Basketball Ring of Honor on Jan. 17, 2015, at halftime of the Notre Dame-Miami men’s basketball game. He will follow six former players–Austin Carr (2011), Adrian Dantley (2012), Skylar Diggins (2013), Luke Harangody (2010) and Ruth Riley (2010)–and former men’s head coach Richard “Digger” Phelps (2014) into the school’s Ring of Honor.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE FOR PAT
- Senior guard Pat Connaughton registered a double-double in Friday night’s game against Binghamton as he finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- It marked the eighth double-double- of his career and the 11th time he has pulled down 10-plus rebounds in a game.
- Connaughton has scored in double figures in 49 career outings.
AUGUSTE NETS CAREER HIGH
- Junior forward Zach Auguste made his 14th career start on Friday night and responded with a career-high 19-point outing against Binghamton, in addition to grabbing seven rebounds. It marked the 12th time he has scored in double figures (56 games played).
- He finished shooting 7-11 from the field in 26 minutes of action.
- Auguste started 13 games for the Irish in 2013-14.
- Senior guard Jerian Grant played his first official game in an Irish uniform since Dec. 21, 21013 versus Ohio State and scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished off five assists and made three steals.
- Grant has played in 82 career games for Notre Dame and made 80 starts. He has 1,125 points (13.7 ppg.), 235 rebounds (2.9 reb.), 442 assists (5.4 aspg.) and 117 steals (1.4 spg.).
JACKSON IN THE BACKCOURT
- Sophomore point guard Demetrius Jackson was in the starting lineup on Friday night which marked the 16th start of his career.
- Jackson started 15 consecutive games for the Irish last season, but the start against Bighamton marked his first since Notre Dame’s loss at Wake Forest on Jan. 24, 2014.
- Jackson finished the game with 10 points (the eighth double-figure scoring effort of his career) and a career-high six assists.
FIGHTING IRISH IN ITALY
- In early August, the Fighting Irish squad traveled to Italy for a 10-day, four-game foreign tour. Notre Dame posted a 4-0 record. The Irish visited Rome, Perugia, Pesaro, Venice and Como during the trip.
- It was the program’s first foreign tour since 2008 when the Irish ventured to Ireland for 13 days.
CONNAUGHTON DRAFTED BY ORIOLES
- The Baltimore Orioles selected Irish swingman Pat Connaughton in the fourth round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft. He was the 121st pick overall.
- Connaughton spent part of June and July pitching for the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Class A Orioles’ affiliate.
- Connaughton finished his Fighting Irish baseball career last spring. He posted a 3.03 ERA and had an 11-11 record on the mound during his three seasons. He fanned 105 batters in 154.2 innings pitched.
FIGHTING IRISH TO HOST SPARTANS IN ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
- Notre Dame will play host to Michigan State Dec. 3 in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
- The Notre Dame-Michigan State contest will mark the 95th meeting between the two Midwest schools, but the first since March 18, 1979, when the Spartans downed the Irish 80-68 in the Mideast Regional final in Indianapolis, Ind., en route to the national championship. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 59-35. Michigan State last played at Notre Dame on Feb. 5, 1975, when the Spartans defeated the Irish 76-73.
- Notre Dame fell at Iowa, 98-93, last season in its inaugural appearance in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
ANOTHER CROSSROADS CLASSIC CLASH
- Notre Dame will battle Big Ten rival Purdue in the fourth annual Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The game between the Irish and the Boilermakers will be the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 20. Butler and Indiana will square off in the first contest.
- The Fighting Irish are 2-1 in their three previous Crossroads Classic showdowns. Notre Dame topped Indiana, 79-72, last season and the Irish downed Purdue, 81-68, in 2012. Notre Dame fell to Indiana, 69-58, in the inaugural event in 2011.
NOTRE DAME FIRST AGAIN IN GRADUATION RATE SUCCESS
- The University of Notre Dame once again claims the 2014 national championship for graduating student-athletes in all sports–in the process posting the top NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figure (99) for its student-athletes for the eighth straight year.
- The GSR number for all Notre Dame student-athletes rates the Irish first among the football-playing institutions in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). The 2014 NCAA figures are based on entering classes from 2004 through 2007.
- Twenty-one of Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s athletic programs posted GSR numbers that rank them best in the nation within their sports (including 20 perfect 100 scores)– and 11 produced federal graduation rates that led all NCAA FBS institutions (including eight perfect 100 scores). Men’s basketball at 100 tied for first with 14 other schools.
- Five Irish women’s programs had perfect 100 federal rates ranking them first within their sports among the NCAA FBS subset. Six Irish men’s programs had federal rates ranking them first within their sports (three with perfect 100 scores) among the NCAA FBS subset. Men’s basketball at 85 ranked tied for first with Penn State.