Nov. 29, 2012

Recap | Box Score | Quotes | AP Gallery | ND Gallery

Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Notre Dame 64, Kentucky 50
SEC/BIG EAST Challenge
November 29, 2012
Purcell Pavilion at the Center – Notre Dame, Ind.

  • Tonight was the 61st meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Kentucky… the Wildcats lead the series 42-19… Notre Dame is 2-1 in the last three encounters with Kentucky
  • Notre Dame is 17-23 against teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll under head coach Mike Brey… that includes a 12-6 mark at home… Notre Dame has won four straight games against top-10 competition and are 5-1 in the last six games against top-10 foes… the Irish are 5-4 versus non-conference top-10 opponents under Brey
  • Kentucky’s 50 points were the fewest allowed by Notre Dame against a top-10 team since a 52-47 home win over No. 5 Maryland on Jan. 28, 1984… they were the fewest points for the Wildcats since a 73-46 loss at Kansas on Jan. 7, 2006
  • Kentucky entered tonight’s contest averaging 85.2 points per game and shooting 55.8% from the field… the Wildcats managed just 50 points and shot 40.4% (19-47) from the floor
  • The Irish are 12-27 all-time against defending national champions … the Fighting Irish have won their last two encounters with a defending champion… Notre Dame won at Connecticut, 50-48, on Jan. 29, 2012 … Notre Dame is 2-5 against Kentucky when the Wildcats are the defending champion
  • The Irish had a 33-27 rebound advantage… Notre Dame is 6-0 when outrebounding its opponent this season
  • Notre Dame led 36-25 at halftime… the Irish are 6-0 this season when leading at the intermission… Notre Dame shot 55.6% (15-27) from the field in the opening half, while Kentucky was held to 37.5% (9-24)
  • Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Scott Martin (GS/G) started tonight’s contest… the Irish are 6-1 this season with that starting lineup and 17-5 over the past two campaigns
  • Tonight was head coach Mike Brey’s 400th game at Notre Dame… he is 267-133 with the Irish
  • Notre Dame is 106-7 in its last 113 home games and 41-1 in the last 42 home contests… the Irish have won 12 straight home games
  • Notre Dame has won 24 consecutive non-conference home games and the Irish are 65-1 in their last 66 non-league home contests
  • The Irish improved to 46-0 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey… as a program, Notre Dame has won 49 straight games in November
  • A three-pointer from Eric Atkins in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 450

Eric Atkins (Jr./G)

  • Matched a season-high total with 16 points… scored in double-figures for the third straight game and for the fifth time this season… he has 33 career double-digit scoring efforts
  • Had four assists and just one turnover… he has 21 assists and one turnover in the last three games
  • Cameron Biedscheid (Fr./F)
  • Scored in double-figures (10 points) for the second time this season

Jack Cooley (Sr./F)

  • Notched his third straight double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds… he has a team-best six double-doubles this season and 19 for his career
  • Scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season and for the 30th time in his career
  • Hauled down 10 or more rebounds for the sixth time this season and for the 21st time in his career

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (13 points) for the sixth straight game (a team-best streak this season) and for the seventh time this season… he has 33 career double-digit scoring efforts