Dec. 18, 2000
CANISIUS Golden Griffins (5-2) at 21/24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-2)
Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2000
Place: Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, Ind.
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
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IRISH ITEMS FOR THE CANISIUS GAME:
Notre Dame (5-2) plays its second game in just over 48 hours when the Irish play host to Canisius this evening. This is the fourth straight home game for head coach Mike Brey’s squad in a stretch of six consecutive home contests at the Joyce Center. Tonight’s game also is the second of three games in five days for the Irish before the holiday break.
Notre Dame’s win against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, snapped a two-game losing streak for the Irish and followed an eight-day break from play for final exams. Heading into the contest, the Irish had dropped back-to-back home games to Indiana (86-78) and Miami-Ohio (73-64).
Following this evening’s game, Notre Dame will play host to Vermont on Thurs., Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius also sports a 5-2 record following a 78-71 victory at Cornell on Saturday. That victory also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Golden Griffins who had lost Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference consecutive outings to Niagara (80-77) and Rider (84-76).
Notre Dame is 21st in the Associated Press Poll for the second consecutive week, but fell from 20th to 24th in the ESPN/USA Today ranking after being ranked 10th in both polls two weeks ago after starting the season 4-0.
Brey’s squad is enjoying its first stint in the rankings since the 1989-90 campaign when they began that campaign as a ranked team (19th in the first AP ranking before dropping from that poll the following week).
RECAP OF TENNESSEE TECH:
For the second time this season, all five starters scored in double figures as Notre Dame as the Irish snapped a two-game losing streak with their 82-68 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Tied 30-30 at the intermission, Notre Dame used a 35-9 spurt in the first 10 minutes of the second half to open up a 65-39 advantage with 10 minutes to play in the game. The Irish, after shooting 37.1 percent in the first half, shot 61.7 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes, hitting 19-of-31 shots from the field.
Notre Dame, which had been outrebounded by its last three opponents, owned a 55-43 advantage on the boards after being outrebounded 30-24 in the first half.
David Graves led all scorers in the game with a season and game-high 20 points. Ryan Humphrey recorded his second double double in an Irish uniform and 12th in his career as he netted 12 points and finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. Matt Carroll hit six-of-nine shots from the field and was four-of-five from beyond the three-point line. Martin Ingelsby and Troy Murphy each finished with 13 points each. Inglesby added a game-high eight assists, while Murphy grabbed nine rebounds.
Notre Dame, which entered the game hitting 75.4 percent of its free throws on the season, made just 30.4 percent from the charity stripe as the Irish hit seven of their 23 attempts.
Notre Dame stands 21st in the Associated Press Poll and 24th in the ESPN/USA Today. The Irish were ranked in both polls last week, which marked the first time since the 1980-81 campaign that a Notre Dame team was ranked in the top 10 of both polls.
HEAD COACH MIKE BREY:
Mike Brey was named the 17th head coach in the program’s history on July 14, 2000 following five seasons (1995-2000) as head coach at the University of Delaware. Brey earned his first victory as Irish head coach on Nov. 18 with a 104-58 triumph over Sacred Heart. The win marked the 100th of his coaching career and came in the 152nd game of his coaching career. He has an overall record of 104-54 for a .658 winning percentage. He guided the Blue Hens to a 99-52 record during his tenure while earning berths in three postseason tournaments. Under Brey, Delaware appeared in two NCAA tournaments (,98 and ,99) and played in the National Invitation Tournament in his final season (2000). His .658 winning percentage among Division I coaches with five years as a head coach stands second only to Tom Izzo of Michigan State (.727). Prior to his arrival in Newark, Del., he spent eight seasons (1987-95) on the Duke sidelines along Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and before that stint was an assistant coach at DeMatha High School under legendary coach Morgan Wootten from 1982-87.
BREY AND MENTOR KRZYZEWSKI REACH MILESTONES ONE DAY APART:
First-year head coach Mike Brey earned his 100th career victory (in 152 games as a head coach) against Sacred Heart on Nov. 18. That win came just one day after his former mentor, Mike Krzyzewski, earned his 500th win at Duke on Nov. 17. Brey was an assistant under Krzyzewski at Duke from 1987-95
NOTRE DAME vs. CANISIUS:
Tonight’s game is the 21st meeting between the two schools with the Irish holding a 16-4 advantage in the series that first began during the 1936-37 season. Notre Dame has been victorious each of the last four times the two schools have played each other, but the last meeting between the two teams occurred during the 1982-83 campaign. The Golden Griffins are 0-2 at the Joyce Center.
NOTRE DAME vs. METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:
Against all Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents Notre Dame is 39-7. The Golden Griffins are the only MAAC team on the Irish schedule this season.
Loyola (Chicago) is the only common opponent on both schedules. The Irish defeated the Ramblers 107-68 at home on Nov. 22, while Canisius earned a 99-76 win at home on Dec. 2.
SPREADING THE WEALTH:
Against Canisius all five starters scored in double figures. That’s the second time that has occurred this season. In the loss to Indiana on Dec. 5, all five starters reached double figures for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign when all five starters scored 10-plus points three different times during the season against Stetson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Boston College.
LOGGING THE MINUTES:
Four of Notre Dame’s five starters (Troy Murphy, David Graves, Matt Carroll and Martin Ingelsby) are averaging 31-plus minutes per game. Ingelsby is averaging 36.0 minutes per game and Murphy 33.6, with Graves and Carroll averaging 33.1 and 31.1, respectively. Only Harold Swanagan (11.1) and Torrian Jones (10.3) are averaging more than 10 minutes per game. In the loss to Indiana, no reserve played more than nine minutes as the starters averaged 36.4 in the contest, and against Miami, Jones, Swanagan and Ivan Kartelo combined for just 19 minutes. Ingelsby has played 197 of 200 minutes in Notre Dame’s last five games. He played 39 minutes in both the Cincinnati and Indiana contests, while playing all 40 minutes against Vanderbilt and Miami (Ohio). Against Tennessee Tech, he led all Irish players in minutes as played 38.
Overall, Notre Dame’s starters (which includes Murphy despite the fact that he did not start against Miami) have played 876 of the 1,000 minutes in the last five games against the Bearcats, Commodores, Hoosiers, RedHawks and Golden Eagles for an average of 35.05 minutes per starter.
OVER THE 100-MARK PLATEAU:
The Irish went over the 100-point mark in its first two games of the season posting victories over Sacred Heart (104-58) and Loyola (107-68). It marked the first time since the 1985-86 campaign that a Notre Dame team registered back-to-back 100-point contests. It also was the first time in school history that an Irish team began the season scoring 100-plus points in its first two contests.
NOTABLES FROM THE LOYOLA GAME:
Notre Dame’s strong outing against the Ramblers on Nov. 22 produced some noteworthy numbers in the contest:
- Set school record for three-point field goals made (16) and three-point field goal percentage (.727 – 16 of 22).
- Tied the school record for blocked shots (12).
- Matt Carroll had a career-high nine assists and tied his personal best with 22 points.
- Second time since 1985-86 that the Irish recorded back-to-back outings 100-point outings (vs. Manhattan – 102-47 and vs. Miami (Fla.) – 126-73).
- Martin Ingelsby had 10-plus assists for the fifth time in his career when he dished off 11 assists in the game. It was the first time since his freshman season in 1997-98 that had had 10 or more assists. During that season, he posted 10-plus assists in four games.
500TH GAME AT JOYCE CENTER:
Notre Dame played its 500th game at the Joyce Center on Nov. 18 against Sacred Heart. The Irish are 387-115 all-time at the Joyce Center for a .771 winning percentage since it began play in the inaugural 1968-69 season. The Irish were 16-4 (.800) at home in 1999-2000, marking the third time in school history they had 16 victories (the most at the Joyce Center). Notre Dame also recorded 16 wins at the Joyce during the 1976-77 and 1982-83 campaigns.
FOLLOWING TROY ON THE WEB:
Follow All-American Troy Murphy on the world wide web at www.und.com/troymurphy. The site includes biographical information, statistics, pictures, a weekly diary, a listing of awards and honors and links to articles on the web which have been written on this Irish junior. For more information on the site, contact the Notre Dame Sports Information Office at (219) 631-7516.
MURPHY AND THE WOODEN WATCH:
Troy Murphy is one of the Preseason Top 50 candidates for the 2000-2001 John R. Wooden All-America team. Murphy, a member of the 10-member squad last season, has been designated as one of the top 25 vote-getters. He and Duke senior Shane Battier are the only two previous candidates among the list of 50. The Award Committee will release a Midseason Top 30 list with the 10-member Wooden Award All-America team announced on March 27, 2001. From that squad, one member will receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation,s ?Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player.? The announcement will be made on April 6, 2001, and will be shown on a one-hour telecast on Fox Sports Net.
Troy Murphy is listed as the second-leading vote-getter among 30 preseason candidates announced for the 2000-01 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The preseason candidates including Murphy are: Shane Battier (Duke), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Carlos Boozer (Duke), Cory Bradford (Illinois), Eric Chenowith (Kansas), Jarron Collins (Stanford), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Joe Forte (North Carolina), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Tony Harris (Tennessee), Udonis Haslem (Florida), Brendan Haywood (North Carolina), Casey Jacobson (Stanford), Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Joe Johnson (Arkansas), Ken Johnson (Ohio State), Kaspars Kambala (UNLV), Jason Kapono (UCLA), Mike Kelley (Wisconsin), Terence Morris (Maryland), Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), Kenny Satterfield (Cincinnati), Brian Scalabrine (Southern California), Jamaal Tinsley (Iowa State), Jason Williams (Duke), Loren Woods (Arizona), Michael Wright (Arizona) and Vincent Yarbrough (Tennessee).
MURPHY GOES HAWAIIAN:
Troy Murphy,s travels took him twice to Hawaii within a two-week span in August and early September. The Irish junior participated in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp just before returning to campus for the start of the school year and met up with former Notre Dame standout and 1997 BIG EAST Player of the Year Pat Garrity. Murphy made a second trip across the mainland when he played for the USA Men,s Select Team on Sept. 2 in Honolulu against the USA Basketball Men,s Senior National Team. The game was televised by NBC and Murphy finished with four points and three rebounds.
HUMPHREY GETS SECOND DOUBLE DOUBLE IN IRISH UNIFORM:
Just seven games into his Notre Dame career, Ryan Humphrey already has two double doubles this season. The first came against Cincinnati in the 69-51 win over the Bearcats as he scored 10 ponts and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Humphrey’s most recent double double occurred Sunday against Tennessee Tech as he scored 12 points and dished off 11 assists. Humphrey, who had 10 double doubles in two seasons at Oklahoma, has 12 for his career.
GRAVES NETS SEASON-HIGH AGAINST TENNESSEE TECH:
David Graves’ season-high 20 points against Tennessee Tech marked the sixth straight games in double figures for the Irish junior. Graves led the Irish in scoring for the first time this season against Golden Eagles with a six-for-14 performance from the field, that including four three-point field goals. It was the fifth time in his career that Graves has scored 20-plus points in his career.
CARROLL LIGHTS IT UP FROM THREE:
Sophomore Matt Carroll’s 59.3 three-point field goal percentage leads the Irish. Carroll, who made 16 of his 27 three-point field goal attempts, was four-of-five from three-point range in Notre Dame’s victory against Tennessee Tech in scoring 16 points.
GETTING TO THE BOARDS:
Notre Dame is being outrebounded 40.3 to 39.6 on the boards and has been outrebounded in four of seven games this season. The only three games in which Notre Dame has been on the plus side of the rebounding column were in contests against Sacred Heart (+15), Cincinnati (+13) and Tennessee Tech (+12). Prior to the Tennessee Tech game, the Irish had been outrebounded in its previous three outings, including a differential of 18 against Miami of Ohio (44-26). In the first half of the Tennessee Tech contest, Notre Dame was being outrebounded 30-24 by the Golden Eagles, but in the second half, the Irish took control of the boards and had their most dominating half of the season as they outrebounded Tennessee Tech 31-13.
FREE THROW WOES:
Heading into the Tennessee Tech game, Notre Dame had converted 75.3 percent of its free-throw chances, but against the Golden Eagles, the Irish made just seven of its 23 chances from the charity stripe (30.4 percent). That dropped Notre Dame’s free-throw shooting percentage to 69.2 percent this season.
IRISH HAVE PRODUCTIVE SECOND HALF AGAINST TENNESSEE TECH:
Notre Dame had one of its most productive second halves of the season in the 82-68 win over Tennessee Tech. The Irish shot 61.3 percent (19-31) from the field, 50.0 percent (7-14) from three-point range and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 31-13. In the first half against Tennessee Tech, the shot 37.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Troy Murphy’s 13 points against Tennessee Tech extended his streak of double figure scoring games to 58. The junior forward has netted double figures in 70 of 71 contests throughout his career. The only time he failed to score in double figures was against Syracuse on Dec. 29, 1995 when he scored just five points. In that game all of his points game from the free-throw line (5-6) as he was 0-11 from the field.
Troy Murphy has scored 30-plus points in two of Notre Dame first seven games this season. The junior forward had 31 in the season opener against Sacred Heart on Nov. 18 and 30 vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 25. He scored 30 or more points in nine games last season and has 14 career 30-plus outings.
THE ALL-AMERICAN CONTINUES TO POST ALL-AMERICAN NUMBERS:
Troy Murphy recorded his 34th career double double (and second of the season) against Vanderbilt on Dec. 2 when he scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It marked the 39th game of his career in which he scored 20-plus points.
HUMPHREY DOMINATING THE BOARDS:
Ryan Humphrey leads the Irish in rebounding with an 8.4 rebounding average and has registered 10-plus rebounds in two games this season (versus Cincinnati and Tennessee Tech). That gives him a career total of 18 games in which has had 10 or more rebounds. In the two seasons he spent at Oklahoma, Humphrey had 10-plus rebounds on 16 occasions.
IRISH THREE-POINTERS EXTEND TO 56 STRAIGHT GAMES:
Notre Dame has had at least one three-pointer in 57 consecutive games, a mark that dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time the Irish failed to connect on at least one three-pointer in a game was against Connecticut in a 101-70 loss in Hartford, Conn., on January 12, 1999. Notre Dame set the school single-game three-point mark when it nailed 16 three-pointers against Loyola.
ANSWERING THE CALL:
In this week’s edition of ESPN Magazine, ESPN analyst and former Duke basketball standout Jay Bilas highlights five point guard nationally who have played vital roles for their teams this season. Among the five mentioned is Irish senior Martin Inglesby, currently leading the BIG EAST with a 6.125 assist-to-turnover ratio. Here’s what Bilas had to say about Ingelsby’s play thus far in 2000-01: “Last season, Matt Doherty benched Ingelsby in favor of Jimmy Dillon. Now Dillon and Doherty are gone and Mike Brey has put the ball back into Ingelsby’s hands. So what if he didn’t have much choice? Point is, the 6-0 senior has responded. In the second half of Notre Dame’s win over Cincinnati on Nov. 25, Ingelsby showed some onions by taking Kenny Satterfield off the dribble to ignite an Irish run. Through six games, he was averaging 7.2 points, htting 48% on threes nad had 41 assists vs. seven turnovers , the kind of stats that soothe any coach.”
INGELSBY RETURNS TO STARTING ROLE:
Senior Martin Ingelsby returned to his role as a starter this season after serving as Notre Dame’s starting point guard for both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 campaigns. A starter in his first two seasons, Ingelsby lost his starting job in the seventh game of the season a year ago and averaged just 14.8 minutes and 4.8 points per game in 1999-2000. Through the first seven games this season, leads the team in minutes played (36.0) and is averaging 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists. In Ingelsby’s first game back as a stater against Sacred Heart, he responded to his return with 15 points, nailing a career-high five three-pointers in the contest. He hit on all five of his three-point attempts from beyond the arc in the first half and finished with six assists and just one turnover in the contest. Against Loyola (Chicago) in the second game of the season, he had scored nine points (all from three-point range), dished off 11 assists and committed just one turnover.
DISHING IT OUT:
Martin Ingelsby leads the Irish with 48 assists. Most impressive is the fact that he has committed just eight turnovers in seven games. In all but one game (Miami-Ohio), Ingelsby has had just one turnover. His 11 assists (one shy of his career-high) against Loyola (Chicago) on Nov. 22 marked the fifth time in his career he had 10-plus assists. The previous four outings in which he had 10 or more assists occurred in his freshman season (1986-87). For the season, Ingelsby is averaging 7.0 assists per game and has turned the ball over just eight times in the seven games. He has played a total of 252 minutes and is averaging a turnover every 31.5 minutes and just 1.14 turnovers per game. Ingelsby’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 6.125 leads the BIG EAST Conference.
No Irish player has been as consistent throughout the preseason and in the first seven games as sophomore Matt Carroll. He registered double figures for the 23rd time in his career against Tennessee Tech on Sunday as he scored 16 points, which included a four-of-five performance from three-point range. Earlier this season, Carroll tied his career best when he scored 22 points against Loyola (Chicago). In that game, he also dished off a personal best nine assists. Against Vanderbilt Carroll also established another career-high when he grabbed nine rebounds in the contest. He is shooting 56.1 (32-57) percent from the field, 59.3 (16-27) from three-point range and 83.3 (10-12) from the charity stripe. Even more impressive is that he is second in the assist column with 33 (4.7 per game).
HUMPHREY A SHINING STAR:
Ryan Humphrey, who transferred from the University of Oklahoma prior in the fall of 1999 and sat out all of last season, led the Irish in scoring in back-to-back games against Vanderbilt and Indiana. He had a career-high 24 points (hitting nine-of-12 field goals), six rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots against Vanderbilt on Dec. 2 in the come-from-behind victory. He began his Irish career by scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in his official regular-season debut against Sacred Heart. Humphrey’s first two points as a Notre Dame player came on a dunk 2:37 into the contest. He connected on seven of 10 shots from the field and played a total of 26 minutes. Humphrey had 16 points and seven rebounds against Loyola and 10 points and 12 rebounds for his first double double in an Irish uniform versus Cincinnati. He scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss to Indiana on Dec. 5. Humphrey is second on the team in scoring (16.4) and has scored in double figures in all seven games this season. In the 70 career games he has played, he has been in double figures 44 times. In his two seasons at Oklahoma, Humphrey had a career scoring average of 10.1.
The most telling statistic from the first six games , the 146 assists (20.9 per game). Notre Dame has made a total of 200 field goals in its first seven games which translates into an assist for every 1.40 baskets. As a team, the Irish have committed just 96 turnovers, resulting in a 1.52 assist-to-turnover ratio and a turnover every 2.92 minutes. Last season, Notre Dame had more turnovers (656) than assists (643).
GRAVES CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS:
It won’t be long before junior David Graves becomes the 41st player in Notre Dame history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He has 967 points in 74 career games and has nearly a 13.1 career scoring average.
STEADY IN THE BACKCOURT:
Notre Dame’s backcourt duo of Martin Ingelsby and Matt Carroll has posted impressive numbers this season with their consistency. When combining the statistics of the two players, the tandem is shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 55.2 percent from three-point range, while averaging 10.4 points. They also have 82 of Notre Dame’s 146 assists and have committed just 23 turnovers overall for a 3.57 assist-to-turnover ratio.
MOVING UP IN THE BIG EAST:
Notre Dame,s 8-8 mark in BIG EAST play last season marked the first time since the Irish joined the conference in 1995-96 that the team did not have a losing mark in league play. Notre Dame was 4-14 in 1995-96, 8-10 in both 1996-97 and 1998-99 and 7-11 in 1997-98. Notre Dame had never been two games above the .500 level in BIG EAST play until last year,s team began with a 2-0 record.
NEW KIDS ON THE BIG EAST BLOCK:
Mike Brey and Miami,s Perry Clark are the two new coaches in the BIG EAST this season. Hired by their respective schools within eight days of each other, Clark was named head coach of the Hurricanes on July 6 after 11 years at Tulane, while Brey was introduced as Notre Dame,s 17th head coach on July 14.
IRISH SHOW TRIPLE THREAT AGAIN:
Notre Dame’s three-point shooting appears to be alive and healthy again this season as the Irish have canned an average of 9.14 three-pointers (64-146) in its first seven games. David Graves leads the way with 20, while Martin Ingelsby and Matt Carroll each have made 16. In the season opener against Sacred Heart, the Irish began the game by hitting eight of their first nine three-pointers. They also had a school-record 16 against Loyola on Nov. 22. Last season, the Irish averaged 7.8 three-pointers per game en route to establishing the single-season mark with 287.
BIG EAST DIVIDE:
With the addition of Virginia Tech, the 14-team BIG EAST Conference has been split into two divisions. BIG EAST teams will once again play a 16-game conference schedule. Annually, teams will meet each divisional opponent on a home-and-home basis and will play four games against teams from the other division. Notre Dame has been designated to the West division, which also includes: Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia. The East division members are: Boston College, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, St. John,s, Villanova and Virginia Tech. The Irish play Boston College, Connecticut, St. John,s and Virginia Tech in the single games this season.
BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT TO CHANGE:
For the first time in the history of the BIG EAST Conference, every team will not advance to the league,s postseason tournament. The top six teams in each division will qualify for the 2001 AT&T BIG EAST Championship in Madison Square Garden on March 7-10. First-round tournament games will feature cross-divisional matchups (the No. 3 seeds will play No. 6 seeds and the No. 4 seeds will play the No. 5 seeds). The top two teams in each division will be awarded first-round byes.
MURPHY MOVES INTO TOP 10 ON IRISH SCORING CHARTS:
Troy Murphy became the 40th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points on Jan. 29, 2000 when the Irish defeated St. John,s. He started the season 16th on the all-time scoring list, but the 157 points he has scored in in his first seven games have elevated him to ninth on the scoring list with 1,515 career points. Against Tennessee Tech, Murphy passed LaPhonso Ellis who scored 1,505 points during his four-year career. He now needs 66 points to move into eighth on the all-time scoring list occupied by Bob Whitmore (1966-69) who finished his career with 1,580 points. Murphy became the second-youngest player in Irish history to score 1,000 points at 19 years and 272 days old. Former Irish All-American Adrian Dantley (1973-76) was 18 years and 355 days old when he scored his 1,000th point. Murphy also joins Dantley as the only Irish players to reach the 1,000-point mark in their sophomore seasons. He scored his 1,000th point in his 48th career game , the fifth-fastest among Notre Dame,s 39 previous 1,000-point scorers. All-time leading scorer Austin Carr (1968-71) needed just 35 games, while Dantley needed 44. It took John Shumate (1972-74) and Bob Arnzen (1966-69) 46 games to score 1,000 points.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE FOR MURPHY:
Among active Division I players according to STATS Inc. Troy Murphy is second with 34 career double doubles. He has scored in double figures in 70 of 71 career games he has played and has registered double figures in 58 straight contests heading into this evening’s matchup with Canisius. The only time Murphy has failed to score in double figures was against Syracuse on Dec. 29, 1998.
Eight of Notre Dame’s first 10 games of the season are at home and only one of those games is on the opponents’ home floor. Tonight’s contest is the fourth of six consecutive home games for the Irish who will not be on the road again until they begin BIG EAST play at Syracuse on Tues., Jan. 2. That will be exactly one month from Notre Dame’s last away game when the Irish played at Vanderbilt on Dec. 2.
LIGHTS, CAMERA ACTION:
Notre Dame will make nine national television appearances during the 2000-01 season as the Irish will be featured three times on CBS and six times on ESPN. It is the most regular-season telecasts since the 1988-89 campaign when that Notre Dame squad also had nine of its games nationally televised. The national lineup is as follows: Indiana (Tues., Dec. 5 on ESPN), at Syracuse (Tues., Jan. 2 on ESPN), at Seton Hall (Mon., Jan. 8 on ESPN), at Kentucky (Sat., Jan. 13 on CBS), St. John’s (Mon., Feb. 5 on ESPN), at Rutgers (Wed., Feb. 14 on ESPN), Seton Hall (Sun., Feb. 18 on CBS), at Connecticut (Mon., Feb. 26 on ESPN) and Georgetown (Sun., Mar. 4 on CBS).
BASKETBALL LUNCHEONS SET:
The second of three basketball luncheons will take place take place on Mon., Jan. 22, 2001 (the day before the Notre Dame-Syracuse) with the third and final one being held on Tues., Feb. 20, 2001 (the day before the Notre Dame-Boston College game). The luncheons, which begin at noon, will feature Brey, members of his squad, video presentations and other special guests. Tickets are $16 each. Tickets are available by mail by writing Athletics Business Office, 112 Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame. No telephone reservations will be accepted. For more information, call 219-631-7246.
Season-tickets for the 2000-01 Notre Dame men’s basketball season were sold-out prior to the start of the season. A limited number of single-game tickets remain for contests Canisius (Dec. 19), Vermont (Dec. 21), Long Island (Dec. 29) and Rutgers (Jan. 6). All 3,200 student season-tickets allotted for the upcoming campaign also have been sold, a figure that has doubled from the 1,600 sold for the 1999-2000 season.
WNTS TO BROADCAST 12 IRISH BASKETBALL GAMES:
WNTS Radio 1590 AM in Indianapolis, Ind., will broadcast 12 Notre Dame men,s basketball games during the 2000-01 season in the Indianapolis market as part of the Notre Dame Basketball Network originated by Host Communications. WNTS 1590 AM, which is owned by S&M Broadcasting Company, Inc., has been broadcasting its signal in the Indianapolis area since 1974. The men,s basketball games on WNTS this season include: Nov. 22 vs. Loyola (Chicago) at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 vs. Indiana at 9:00 p.m., Dec.19 vs. Canisius at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 vs. Vermont at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2 at Syracuse at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 8 at Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 16 vs. Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23 vs. Syracuse at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 vs. St. John’s at 7:00 p.m., Feb. 14 at Rutgers at 9:00 p.m., Feb. 21 vs. Boston College at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 at Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.
UPDATE ON FORMER IRISH PLAYERS PHIL HICKEY AND JIMMY DILLON:
Former Irish players Phil Hickey (’99) and Jimmy Dillon (’00) are playing in Helsinki, Finland in the Finnish Championship League for Pussihukat. The team currently is third in the league with 10 wins. Hickey, who has played in all 16 games, is averaging 18.2 points and 14.4 rebounds, while Dillon, who recently joined the squad and has played in just three contests, is averaging 18.3 points.