Jan. 15, 2016

Notre Dame Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Notre Dame (11-5, 2-2) vs. No. 9/6 Duke (14-3, 3-1)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium – Durham, North Carolina
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Talent: Dan Shulman (play-by-play); Jay Bilas (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND; Sirius/XM 84
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Torrian Jones (Analyst)


  • 2 – Notre Dame is second in the ACC in field goal percentage (.499). That mark is good for eighth in Division I (as of Wed, Jan. 13).
  • 3 – The Irish rank third in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (120.4) as computed by the Pomeroy rankings.
  • 4 – Statistical categories in which junior guard Demetrius Jackson ranks among the top five in the ACC: scoring 17.1 ppg (fifth), assists 5.44 (second), assist-turnover ratio 2.72 (fifth) and minutes played 35.94 (fourth).
  • 5 – Number of wins over the defending national champion in the Mike Brey era. The Irish faced Duke once in that scenario, falling to the Blue Devils 84-77 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Championship in Greenville, South Carolina. (see page four for full list of ND vs. defending national champions).
  • 5.44 – The average assists per game for Jackson, ranking him second in the ACC (all games).
  • 6 – Statistical categories in which Jackson ranks among the top five in the ACC in conference games: scoring 19.8 ppg (third), assists 7.25 (first), assist/turnover ratio 4.14 (third), three-point field goals made 3.50 (second), steals 2.00 (fifth) and minutes played 39.00 (third). He also ranks ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.438).
  • 9.5 – Notre Dame’s average turnovers per game, good for fifth in the country. This season, Notre Dame has recorded 10 or fewer turnovers on nine occasions.
  • 17.1 – Average points per game for Jackson, ranking fifth in the ACC.
  • 26 – Saturday marks the 26th meeting between Notre Dame and Duke. The Blue Devils hold a 20-5 advantage in the series, but the Irish have won three of the last four meetings.
  • 152 – Rebounds by junior forward Zach Auguste this season – with the 9.5 average ranking fourth in the ACC.
  • 216 – Number of games Mike Brey helped Duke win as an assistant from 1987-95.
  • 240 – Fouls committed by the Irish this season – the least amount in the ACC and seventh in the country.


  • All-time series: Duke leads, 20-5
  • Notre Dame at Duke: 0-7
  • First meeting: Feb. 20, 1965 at Chicago Stadium, a 101-88 Duke victory
  • Most recent meeting: March 13, 2015 in Greensboro, NC in the ACC Championship Semifinal, a 74-64 Notre Dame victory
  • Mike Brey vs. Duke at Notre Dame: 3-2


  • Sophomore forward Bonzie Colson (then a freshman) led the Irish with 17 points off the bench, while Demetrius Jackson scored 15 points with five assists and three steals as the Irish defeated Duke 74-64 in the ACC Championship Semifinals on March 13, 2015.


  • Duke shot 81 percent in the first half on the way to a 90-60 victory over Notre Dame on Feb. 7, 2015.
  • The game was Notre Dame’s seventh visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium and first since Jan. 26, 1994.
  • Junior forward Steve Vasturia (then a sophomore) led the Irish with 15 points in the contest, while Demetrius Jackson added 11 points.


  • Legendary Duke head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching tree extends across the country with Mike Brey, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, Northwestern’s Chris Collins and Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski.
  • ‘Coach K’ is 21-3 against his former assistants, with all three wins belonging to Mike Brey.


  • Notre Dame is 22-18 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.


  • Zach Auguste led the Irish with a season-high 24 points, his second 20-point outing of the season and seventh of his career. Auguste helped the Irish take control of the game in the second half, scoring 10 of the team’s 12 points during a stretch of the second half with four dunks.
  • The Irish held the Yellow Jackets to 25 percent (9-36) shooting from the field in the first half, an opponent low for ACC play.
  • Notre Dame grabbed 24 rebounds in the first half, matching a program-high in ACC competition (Duke; 1/4/14). The Irish ended up with 43 total rebounds in the contest, matching the program’s game-high achieved three previous times.


  • Notre Dame’s 84-79 victory at Illinois on Dec. 2 marked the 1800th win in program history.
  • The Fighting Irish are 1806-977 (.649) all-time in 111-plus seasons.
  • Notre Dame ranks ninth in Division I in all-time program wins behind Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Syracuse, UCLA and St. John’s.


  • On Jan. 4, Irish head coach Mike Brey named Steve Vasturia a captain for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, joining Demetrius Jackson, Zach Auguste and A.J. Burgett as Irish players with a ‘C’ on their uniforms.


  • Zach Auguste is approaching the 1,000-point mark. Heading into the Duke game, he has 993 career points in 108 career contests.
  • He would become the 57th player in Notre Dame history to reach that point total.

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