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WHO: Notre Dame (13-5, 3-2 ACC) vs. Louisville (13-4, 3-1 ACC)

WHAT: ACC prime time match up on ESPN 2.

WHERE: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET

TICKETS: Very limited numbers remain for sale at und.com/buytickets.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

ESPN2 national broadcast with Rece Davis (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst). Also available on WatchESPN app.

Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst). Available locally on WSBT-AM960/FM96.1, via network affiliates (available on page 8 of the notes package), worldwide on WatchND.tv and on SiriusXM Channel 81.

Here are Five Things To Know about the Notre Dame – Louisville matchup…

QUICK FACTS

  • Notre Dame has collected 206 rebounds over the past five conference games – the most for the program in a five-game stretch since the 2012-13 season when the Irish collected 213 vs. Louisville (4 OT), DePaul, Providence, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The 206 total is the most over five games in ACC play for the Irish.
  • Add in the final non-conference game of the season for the Irish vs. Southeastern Louisiana, when Notre Dame gathered 47 rebounds and the Irish have posted 253 rebounds (42.1 pg) over the past six games. The last time Notre Dame pulled down 250+ rebounds over six games was the 2010-11 season, when the team posted 270 over a six-game stretch from Nov. 12, 2010 through Nov. 26, 2010.
  • T.J. Gibbs’ 10.1 points-per-game increase (4.7 in 16-17 to 14.8 in 17-18) is the fourth-best in the ACC.
  • Sophomore Nikola Djogo (who did not play during his freshman season) scored a career-high 12 points in the loss to North Carolina on Jan. 13.
  • Notre Dame has utilized four different starting lineups since Bonzie Colson was sidelined, with D.J. Harvey, Elijah Burns and John Mooney all making their first career starts (graduate student Austin Torres made his second career start at Syracuse). The Irish are expected to return to the starting lineup used in the victory over NC State on Jan. 3 – Martinas Geben, T.J. Gibbs, D.J. Harvey, Matt Farrell and Rex Pflueger.
  • Senior Martinas Geben is shooitng .612 from the floor this season (63-103), which would rank eighth on the all-time single-season list at Notre Dame (Geben would need to reach 150 attempts to qualify for the list by the end of the season).
  • From 1994 through 2013 Notre Dame and Louisville met 13 times and seven of those contests went to overtime. Louisville won four of those seven contests, but the Irish claimed three of the last four, including the epic 104-101 five overtime victory in Purcell Pavilion on Feb. 8, 2013.
  • No player competing in Tuesday night’s game was alive the last time Louisville won at Notre Dame on Feb. 26, 1994.

ON THIS DATE

  • Jan. 16, 2016 – Notre Dame defeats No. 9/6 Duke 95-91 to claim the program’s first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
  • Jan. 16, 1943 – Notre Dame defeats Northwestern 49-36 at Chicago Stadium.
  • Jan. 16, 1932 – Notre Dame defeats Penn 32-25 at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
  • Jan. 16, 1925 – The Irish defeat Michigan State 37-14 at the South Bend YMCA.

NOTRE DAME – LOUISVILLE SERIES HISTORY

The Notre Dame – Louisville series dates back to the early 1950s with the Irish and Cardinals having met in Madison Square Garden, the RCA Dome, Freedom Hall and the Notre Dame Fieldhouse. Louisville leads the all-time series 21-15, but Notre Dame has won three of the four meetings between the two teams as ACC opponents.

The Irish also own a six-game winning streak over the Cardinals at Purcell Pavilion, as Louisville’s last victory at Notre Dame occurred by three points in overtime on Feb. 26, 1994. See page nine of this notes package for a complete run down of the Notre Dame – Louisville rivalry.

NOTRE DAME – LOUISVILLE ACC SERIES HISTORY (4-1, HOME 2-0, AWAY 1-1)

Date

ND Rank

Opp Rank

W/L

ND

Opp

City

Site

3/4/2015

12 / 11

16 / 14

W

71

59

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center

2/13/2016

13 / NR

W

71

66

Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

1/4/2017

24 / 24

9 / 9

W

77

70

Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

3/4/2017

19 / 13

8 / 7

L

64

71

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center


IRISH ON AN ACC REBOUNDING TEAR

Senior All-American Bonzie Colson played in the first game of the ACC season for the Irish against Georgia Tech, then was lost for eight weeks with a fracture in his left foot. Colson was the third-best rebounder in the league at that point, but the Irish front line has stepped up in his absence.

Notre Dame has out-rebounded four of its first five ACC opponents – a first for the program – and matched the 2015-16 team record of four ACC regular-season games with 40 or more team rebounds – with 13 more conference games to be played this season.

The 2013-14 and 2015-16 Notre Dame teams hold the school record for out-rebouding an opponent in an ACC regular-season with seven (the 2016-17 team also out-rebounded Duke in the ACC tournament).

NOTRE DAME 2017-18 ACC REBOUNDING

Opponent

OR

DR

TR

DIFF

Georgia Tech

13

32

45

+11

NC State

20

31

41

+11

at Syracuse

21

21

42

+15

at Georgia Tech

9

24

33

-6

North Carolina

20

25

45

+8

Totals

83

133

206

+39

Average

16.6

26.6

41.2

+7.8

GEBEN INCREASING PRODUCTION WHEN NEEDED

Since the loss of senior All-American Bonzie Colson to a foot fracture, senior forward Martinas Geben has stepped up both his scoring and rebounding production. Geben has set career-highs for rebounds (14 at Syracuse) and points (16 at Georgia Tech) while averaing a double-double in ACC play.

Entering the NC State game (before the loss of Colson) Geben was averaging 8.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg, but has increased those averages to 11.0 and 11.3 over the past four games.

GEBEN LAST FOUR GAMES

Opponent

FG

3FG

FT

OR

DR

TR

PTS

A

BLK

STL

MP

NC State

4-9

0-1

2-2

5

8

13

10

2

1

0

24

Syracuse

2-6

0-0

0-0

4

10

14

4

4

0

3

29

Georgia Tech

8-13

0-0

0-0

1

8

9

16

0

2

2

27

North Carolina

4-9

1-1

5-6

7

2

9

14

1

3

0

27

Totals

18-37

1-2

7-8

17

28

45

44

7

6

5

107

Average

.486

.500

.875

4.3

7.0

11.3

11.0

1.8

1.5

1.3

26.8


BENCH PRODUCTION INCREASE

With the loss of Wooden Award Watch List selections Bonzie Colson (out seven more weeks with a broken foot) and Matt Farrell (missed three and a half of the last four games) a number of Irish players have stepped up their production. In addition to first career starts for D.J. Harvey, John Mooney and Elijah Burns – each Irish player that has played in a game has achieved career highs –

Player

Cat.

Stat

Game

Cat.

Stat

Game

Cat.

Stat

Game

Rex Pflueger

MP

40

At Syracuse

D.J. Harvey

PTS

17

NC State

REB

9

at Syracuse

MP

37

North Carolina

T.J. Gibbs

REB

7

NC State

AST

7

at Georgia Tech

FTM

7

NC State

Elijah Burns

AST

3

NC State

FTM

5

at Syracuse

MP

21

at Syracuse

Nikola Djogo

PTS

12

North Carolina

REB

4

North Carolina

MP

25

North Carolina

Martinas Geben

PTS

16

at Georgia Tech

REB

14

at Syracuse

MP

29

at Syracuse

John Mooney

PTS

11

at Georgia Tech

REB

8

at Georgia Tech

MP

25

at Georgia Tech

NOTRE DAME vs. LOUISVILLE – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Notre Dame leads the country in least amount of personal fouls committed per game with a 12.9 average. The Irish are also third in the NCAA in terms of total fouls committed (232).

2

Sophomore T.J. Gibbs and senior Matt Farrell are both ranked in the top 10 of the ACC assist/turnover ratio statistcal ranking (all games). Only the Irish and Duke have two players in the top 10 of that category.

4

Mike Brey is the fourth-longest tenured head coach among power five conference teams – now in his 18th season at Notre Dame. Jim Boeheim (42), Mike Krzyzewski (38) and Tom Izzo (23) are the only other power five conference head coaches with a longer tenure at their current institution.

4

There are only four players in the ACC avearging a double-double in league play, including senior forward Martinas Geben. Geben is averaging 11.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg in five ACC games, joining Marving Bagley III (Duke), Luke Maye (UNC) and Ben Lammers (Georgia Tech) as the four ACC players to average a double-double in league competition.

6

Notre Dame has won the the last six meetings at Purcell Pavilion vs. Louisville, dating back to the 1993-94 season. The Cardinals’ last win at Notre Dame was a 85-82 overtime win on Feb. 26, 1994.

7

More weeks of game action expected to be missed by senior Bonzie Colson after fracturing a bone in his foot on Friday, December 29. Colson was averaging 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and over two steals and two blocks per game – the only college player to hit those averages this year and the only player to reach those averages since Sports Reference started tracking statistics in the 1992-93 season.

23

The four-year Notre Dame senior class (Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell, Martinas Geben and Matt Gregory) has won 23 ACC home games over the past four seasons – the fifth-best total in the league.

37.3

Points-per-game average combined for Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell, who were both sidelined for the Syracuse, Georgia Tech and North Carolina games with injuries. Farrell is expected back in the lineup vs. Louisville.

40

ACC victories over the past four years for Notre Dame, which as of Jan. 15, 2018, is tied for the third-most in the league over the past four seasons (Virginia 45 and North Carolina 42 rank ahead of the Irish, Duke also has 40).

95

The senior class of Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell, Martinas Geben, Matt Gregory and Austin Torres (graduate student) is three wins away from becoming the all-time winningest senior class in Notre Dame basketball history. The 2016-17 and 2012-13 senior classes currently hold the record with 97 wins over a four-year span. See page 3 of this notes package for more details.