Nov. 20, 2015
No. 18 Notre Dame (2-0, 0-0) vs. UMass Lowell (1-1, 0-0 AE)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Site: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Game Time: 2 p.m. ET
Talent: Jim Barbar (play-by-play); Kyle Macy (analyst)
Radio: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network; WatchND
Talent: Jack Nolan (Play-By-Play); Jordan Cornette (Analyst)
NOTRE DAME TAKES ON UMASS-LOWELL AT PURCELL PAVILION
- The 18th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet the UMass Lowell River Hawks at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
- The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Kyle Macy (analyst) calling the action.
- A free audio broadcast will be available courtesy of WatchND. Jack Nolan will handle play-by-play duties, while Jordan Cornette will serve as analyst. The matchup is also available on SiriusXM 93.
TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS
- Game tickets are available at the Murnane Family Ticket Center. For more information, call 574-631-7356 or visit www.UND.com/BuyTickets
- Saturday marks the first meeting on the hardwood between Notre Dame and UMass Lowell.
- The River Hawks, who hold a 1-1 overall record, are coming off a nail-biting 87-84 victory over Sacred Heart on their home court (11/18/15). Previously, the squad dropped their season-opening contest to Northwestern on the road, 79-57 (11/13/15).
- UMass Lowell is led in scoring by rookie Isaac White, who averages 16.0 points per game.
- Another scoring threat for the River Hawks is redshirt sophomore Jahad Thomas. Thomas averages 14.0 points per game, while also contributing 8.5 rebounds per game.
- Head coach Pat Duquette, who has complied a 22-35 record in two seasons at UMass Lowell, led the River Hawks to a 12-17 overall record last season.
FIGHTING IRISH AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST
- Notre Dame is 14-0 all-time against teams currently in the America East Conference.
- The Fighting Irish faced a pair of America East foes last season, winning contests against Binghamton (82-39) and Hartford (87-60).
- Playing an America East opponent will be nothing new for Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. Brey spent five seasons at Delaware (1995-2000). UMass Lowell began competing in the conference during the 2013-14 academic year.
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
- Notre Dame is 59-1 at home in the month of November under head coach Mike Brey.
- The only loss during that stretch was an 83-70 setback to Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2013.
NOTING THE MILWAUKEE GAME
- With an 86-78 win over Milwaukee Tuesday evening at Purcell Pavilion, Notre Dame improved to 2-0 all-time against the Panthers and 49-6 against current members of the Horizon League.
- Demetrius Jackson led the Irish in scoring with 20 points, while all five starters ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Jackson, V.J. Beachem (19), Zach Auguste (17), Steve Vasturia (13) and Bonzie Colson (12) ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” reached double figures in scoring.
- The last time Notre Dame registered five double-figure scorers was against the North Carolina Tar Heels in a 90-82 Irish victory at the 2015 ACC Tournament. The win solidified the Fighting Irish the tournament crown.
- Trailing by 29-25 in the first half, Notre Dame when on a 12-0 run spanning 3:46 of play to build a 37-29 lead. Milwaukee committed four turnovers during that period.
- Notre Dame led 39-31 at halftime. The team is 2-0 this season when leading after the first half.
- Beachem tied a career-high with 19 points. The last time Beachem set the mark was versus Coppin State (11/19/14).
- With eight rebounds, Beachem earned a career high in that category as well. He topped his previous mark of six rebounds, which was recorded in the season-opener versus St. Francis.
JACKSON DOUBLING IT UP
- Junior guard Demetrius Jackson is off to a hot start in terms of scoring. The Mishawaka, Indiana native posted a team-high 20 points against Milwaukee. Complementing his career-high 27-point performance against St. Francis (Pa.), the game Tuesday marked the first time Jackson has posted back-to-back 20-plus point efforts.
- In all, Jackson has earned 20-plus points in six games over the course of his collegiate career.
- The point total against Milwaukee was the 39th double figure outing of Jackson’s career.
NOTRE DAME THREE WINS FROM 1800
- The winning tradition of the Notre Dame men’s basketball program continues, as the Fighting Irish inch toward the 1800-win mark with an overall record of 1797-972 (.649).
- Notre Dame currently ranks ninth on the list of all-time winningest NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs, winning 64.9 percent of its contests. Kentucky ranks first with a win percentage of 76.4.
AUGUSTE, JACKSON ON 2016 JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD WATCH LIST
- Senior forward Zach Auguste and junior guard Demetrius Jackson are among 50 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award watch list
- The list of 50 represents eight conferences and 35 teams.
- Notre Dame is one of 13 schools with multiple players on the list. Indiana and Kentucky lead all schools with three players on the list.