Jan. 22, 2016
Notre Dame (13-5, 4-2) vs. Boston College (7-11, 0-5 ACC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Site: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Notre Dame, Ind.
Game Time: 12 p.m.
TV: ACC Network
Talent: Tim Brando (play-by-play); Dan Bonner (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND; Sirius 108/XM 201
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Jordan Cornette (Analyst)
NOTRE DAME ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” BOSTON COLLEGE BY THE NUMBERS:
1 – Notre Dame’s ranking in the Pomeroy Index for adjusted offensive efficiency (123.0).
3 ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” The Irish rank third in the country in turnovers per game (9.3). Notre Dame is also sixth in least amount of turnovers committed this season (167).
3.7 – Seconds remaining when current assistant coach Martin Ingelsby (1997-01) hit a jump shot to lift Notre Dame to a 76-75 victory over #10 Boston College on Feb. 21, 2001. The shot earned Ingelsby the ‘CNN Play of the Day’ and capped a 10-point, 5-assist effort.
5 – Statistical categories in which junior guard Demetrius Jackson is ranked among the top 10 of ACC players for all games this season: assists (5.28, 2nd), minutes played (36.3, 4th), scoring (17.6, 3rd), assist-turnover ratio (2.64, 5th) and field goal percentage (.504, 10th).
6 – Consecutive wins over Boston College for Notre Dame, dating back to the 2004 season. This includes Notre Dame’s 82-54 victory over BC on Jan. 16.
8 ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Demetrius Jackson is the only ACC player to rank in the top 10 in eight statistical categories for conference games: assists (6.2, 1st), minutes played (39.0, 1st), scoring (20.2, 2nd), free throw percentage (.857, 4th), assist/turnover ratio (3.4, 5th), three-point field goal percentage (.417, 7th), steals (1.7, 8th) and three pointers made (2.5, 8th).
13 and 11 – Average points scored by Boston-area natives senior forward Zach Auguste (Marlborough, MA) and sophomore forward Bonzie Colson (New Bedford, MA), respectively, in their career games vs. Boston College. Auguste has scored in double figures in all five career games vs. the Eagles, while Colson has two 16-point performances in his three games vs. BC.
27 – Saturday afternoon marks the 27th meeting between Boston College and Notre Dame. The Irish lead the all-time series 16-10, including 10-4 at Purcell Pavilion.
10.1 – Average rebounds per game for senior forward Zach Auguste – good for third in the ACC and 24th in the country. Auguste also is fifth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.551).
91 – Free throw percentage (.905), in ACC conference games, for sophomore forward Bonzie Colson, tied for first in the league with Duke’s Luke Kennard. Demetrius Jackson is fourth in FT shooting in league play with a .857 average.
524 – The Irish are 524-1048 from the field this season, good for a .500 shooting mark, which ranks first in the ACC and seventh in the nation.
2,011 – Points scored by Troy Murphy (1998-01) in his Notre Dame career. Murphy will be inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor at halftime of Saturday’s game. In four career games vs. Boston College, Murphy averaged 21.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg.
NOTRE DAME ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES HISTORY:
- All-time series: Notre Dame leads 16-10
- Notre Dame vs. Boston College at Purcell Pavilion: 10-4
- First meeting: Feb. 7, 1963, a 74-66 home game victory for Notre Dame.
- Most recent meeting: Jan. 7, 2016, a 82-54 victory for the Irish at Conte Forum.
- Mike Brey vs. Boston College at Notre Dame: 8-1
THE LAST TIMEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ VS. BOSTON COLLEGE:
Notre Dame downed Boston College 82-54, the most lopsided win (28 points) for the Irish over an ACC foe. The Irish held BC to just 24 points in the first half of the game, which set an all-time low for points scored against the Irish in the first half on the road in ACC play. All five of Notre Dame’s starters reached double-digit points in the contest, led by Demetrius Jackson with 17 and Bonzie Colson with 16.
SUCCESS IN THE TAR HEEL STATE:
Notre Dame joined the ACC at the start of the 2013-14 basketball season. The Irish ended up 0-3 in the state of North Carolina that year (65-58 loss at Wake Forest, 63-61 loss at North Carolina, 81-69 loss to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro).
Since breaking through for the program’s first win in Chapel Hill, 71-70, at North Carolina on Jan. 5, 2015, the Irish have won six of the last seven games they have played in the Tar Heel State.
VIRGINIA TECH REWIND:
Notre Dame rallied in the second half behind 22 points and 15 rebounds from Zach Auguste and clutch plays by Demetrius Jackson (18 points, 4 assists) in the final four minutes to defeat Virginia Tech 83-81. The Irish tied the game at 73-73 after a Jackson steal led to an Auguste lay up at 3:56, then a three-point play from Jackson put the Irish ahead to stay 76-75 at 3:23.
A layup from junior Steve Vasturia at 0:57 provided the winning score for the Irish, who survived a missed three pointer at the buzzer from Virginia Tech’s Seth Allen. Allen led the Hokies with 20 points and eight assists.
ACCOLADES FOR COLSON:
Bonzie Colson’s 31-point, 11-rebound effort caught the eye of college basketball website CollegeInsider.com, which named Colson the Lute Olson Player of the Week. Colson joins Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine on the list of players presented the award this season. For a full list, check out CollegeInsider.com.
AUGUSTE REACHES 1,000-POINT MARK:
Zach Auguste became the 57th player in Notre Dame men’s basketball history to surpass the 1,000 point milestone with his seventh point at Duke on Jan. 16. Auguste now has 1,024 points in 110 career contests.
IRISH IN THE ACC:
Notre Dame is 24-18 in ACC regular-season play after two-plus seasons in the conference. After going 6-12 in its first season in 2014-15, the Irish finished 14-4 in 2014-15.
Notre Dame’s 14 wins a year ago (+8.0) marked the second-best improvement from the previous season in ACC history.
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