March 15, 2013

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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
#24/RV Notre Dame 73, #12/13 Marquette 65
BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinal
March 14, 2013
Madison Square Garden o New York, N.Y.

  • Notre Dame improved to 25-8 this season … the 25 wins are tied for the second-most of the Mike Brey era (13 seasons)
  • Notre Dame has advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship in each of the past four seasons (a program-best streak) … Notre Dame is the only school in the BIG EAST to make it to the league semifinals in each of the last four tournaments
  • The Fighting Irish improved to 11-17 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play, including a 10-12 mark under head coach Mike Brey
  • This season’s two victories matches the most ever for Notre Dame in one BIG EAST Championship … the Irish also notched two wins in the 2010 tournament
  • Notre Dame is 1-1 against Marquette in BIG EAST Championship play … this was the 118th meeting overall between Notre Dame and Marquette … the Irish own an 81-37 advantage in the series … Notre Dame is 6-7 against Marquette in BIG EAST play
  • The Fighting Irish are 58-47 all-time inside Madison Square Garden
  • With the win, Notre Dame’s senior class became the winningest class in program history … the Irish have compiled a 97-39 record over the last four seasons
  • The Fighting Irish are 5-3 this season against ranked teams
  • Notre Dame led 29-25 at halftime … the Irish are 20-1 this season when leading at the intermission … Marquette opened the game with a 17-4 run and Notre Dame closed the half with a 25-8 run
  • Eric Atkins (Jr./G), Pat Connaughton (So./G), Jack Cooley (Sr./F), Jerian Grant (Jr./G) and Tom Knight (Sr./F) started tonight’s contest … it was the 14th straight game – and 14th time overall this season – that quintet has started … the Irish are 10-4 with that starting lineup … Atkins, Connaughton and Cooley have started all 33 games this season, while Grant has 32 starts and Knight has started 14 games
  • A three-pointer from Pat Connaughton in the first half upped Notre Dame’s streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 475

Pat Connaughton (So./G-F)

  • Made a season-high six three-pointers for the second straight game … is 12-of-18 from three-point range in the last two games
  • Netted a game-high 18 points … scored in double-figures for the 14th time this season (23rd time of his career) … has reached double-figures in each of the last three games, which matches a career-best streak that he’s achieved two other times this season

Jerian Grant (Jr./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (17 points) for the 27th time this season … has 53 career double-figure scoring efforts

Garrick Sherman (Sr./C)

  • Scored in double-figures (16 points) for the ninth time this season … has 10 career double-figure scoring efforts