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Tenth-Ranked Men's Basketball Prepares For RedHawks

Dec. 8, 2000

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The Irish (4-1) and RedHawks (3-4) meet for the third consecutive year and seventh time since the first game was played during the 1908-09 season. The series is tied at 3-3, but the RedHawks have won three straight in the series. Notre Dame will be looking to rebound from its 86-78 loss at home on Tue., Dec. 5 to Indiana. All five Irish starters scored in double figures, but Notre Dame did not have an answer for guard Tom Coverdale’s 30-point effort. Ryan Humphrey led the Irish with 17 points and eight rebounds. Troy Murphy, who played on a sprained right ankle suffered in practice the day before the game on Monday (Dec. 4), played 37 minutes and had 15 points and seven rebounds. David Graves netted 14 points, while Matt Carroll and Martin Inglesby finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Four the fifth consecutive outing, Ingelsby had only one turnover in the contest. He also dished off five assists. Notre Dame led briefly to start the contest and then fell behind by as many as nine in the first half before taking a two-point lead with 1:40 remaining at the intermission. Trailing by three at the break, the Hoosiers began the first 4:15 of the second half with a 13-2 run.

Miami (Ohio) is coming off of a tough 55-54 loss to Dayton at home. The RedHawks began the season 0-2, losing to Xavier and Memphis in the first two games of the Puerto Rico Shootout. Their three victories of the season have come against Old Dominion (64-57), Temple (66-58) and UW-Green Bay (56-42).

Notre Dame, averaging 87.0 points per game. are outscoring the RedHawks by 30 pointers per game as Miami averages just 57.0 points per contest. The RedHawks’ defense, however, is yielding just 56.3 points per game, while the Irish defense also has proved solid giving up an average of 67.4 points in each of its five outings.

Notre Dame began the week ranked 10th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, marking the first time since the 1980-81 season that the Irish have been ranked in the top 10 of two polls at the same time. Brey’s squad is enjoying their first stint in the rankings since the 1989-90 campaign when they began that campaign as a ranked team (19th in the first AP ranking before dropping from that poll the following week).

Notre Dame’s 4-0 start was it’s first since 1988-89, when the Irish finished 21-9. That season also featured the last NCAA Tournament victory for Notre Dame.

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Unlike the previous outing against Vanderbilt, Notre Dame could not withstand a sluggish start in both the first and second halves as the Irish lost for the first time in dropping its sixth straight (its longest losing streak of the series) to the Hoosiers who now lead the series 45-19.

All five Notre Dame starters were in double figures for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Ryan Humphrey led the Irish in scoring for the second straight game as he had 17 points in addition to a team-high eight rebounds. Troy Murphy finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. David Graves, Matt Carroll and Martin Ingelsby finished with 14, 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The Irish shot a season-low 38.2 percent for the contest hitting just 26 of 68 field goal attempts and converted only 34.6 percent from three-point range (nine of 26). Notre Dame was outrebounded 42-33 in the game.

The Irish bench, which played a total of 18 minutes, contributed just nine points.

Notre Dame stands 10th both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings. This is the highest ranking for an Irish basketball team in the two basketball polls since the 1980-81 season.

Mike Brey was named the 17th head coach in the program’s history on July 14, 2000 following five seasons (1995-2000) as head coach at the University of Delaware. Brey earned his first victory as Irish head coach on Nov. 18 with a 104-58 triumph over Sacred Heart. The win marked the 100th of his coaching career. He has an overall record of 103-53 for a .660 winning percentage. He guided the Blue Hens to a 99-52 record during his tenure while earning berths in three postseason tournaments. Under Brey, Delaware appeared in two NCAA tournaments (’98 and ’99) and played in the National Invitation Tournament in his final season (2000). His .660 winning percentage among Division I coaches with five years as a head coach stands second only to Tom Izzo of Michigan State (.724). Prior to his arrival in Newark, Del., he spent eight seasons (1987-95) on the Duke sidelines along Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and before that stint was an assistant coach at DeMatha High School under legendary coach Morgan Wootten from 1982-87.

Mike Brey’s 4-0 start equaled that of John Dee’s first season with the Irish dating back to the 1964-65 campaign when Notre Dame finished 15-12. Dee, who was 4-0 through his first four games as Notre Dame’s head coach, compiled a 116-80 (.592) mark from 1964-71.

This afternoon’s contest is the seventh meeting between the two schools and third straight year the two teams have played each other. The series, which was first played in 1908-09, is even at 3-3. Notre Dame won the first three outings, while the RedHawks have been victorious the last three times these teams have played each other. Miami 2-1 in games played at Notre Dame and 1-0 overall at the Joyce Center. The two schools have twice met during NCAA tournament competition in both 1957 and 1969.

Miami (Ohio) is the only Mid-American Conference school on the Irish schedule this season. The Irish have an overall record of 50-15 against MAC foes.

In the loss to Indiana on Tuesday night, all five starters scored in double figures. That’s the first time that has happened since the 1998-99 campaign when all five Irish starters scored 10-plus points three different times during the season against Stetson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Boston College.

Four of Notre Dame’s five starters — Troy Murphy, David Graves, Matt Carroll and Martin Ingelsby — are averaging 32-plus minutes per game. Ingelsby is averaging 34.8 minutes per game and Murphy 34.2, with Carroll and Graves averaging 32.6 and 32.0, respectively. Only Harold Swanagan (12.6) and Torrian Jones (10.8) are averaging more than 10 minutes per game. In the loss to Indiana, no reserve played more than nine minutes as the starters averaged 36.4 in the contest. Ingelsby has played 118 of 120 minutes in Notre Dame’s last three games. He played 39 minutes in both the Cincinnati and Indiana contests, while going the distance playing all 40 minutes against Vanderbilt.

Overall, Notre Dame’s starters have played 545 of the 600 minutes in their last three games against the Bearcats, Commodores and Hoosiers for an average of 36.3 minutes per starter.

The Irish went over the 100-point mark in its first two games of the season posting victories over Sacred Heart (104-58) and Loyola (107-68). It marked the first time since the 1985-86 campaign that a Notre Dame team registered back-to-back 100-point contests. It also was the first time in school history that an Irish team began the season scoring 100-plus points in its first two contests.

Notre Dame’s strong outing against the Ramblers on Nov. 22 produced some noteworthy numbers in the contest:

  • Set school record for three-point field goals made (16) and three-point field goal percentage (.727 – 16 of 22).
  • Tied the school record for blocked shots (12).
  • Matt Carroll had a career-high nine assists and tied his personal best with 22 points.
  • Second time since 1985-86 that the Irish recorded back-to-back outings 100-point outings (vs. Manhattan – 102-47 and vs. Miami (Fla.) – 126-73).
  • Martin Ingelsby had 10-plus assists for the fifth time in his career when he dished off 11 assists in the game. It was the first time since his freshman season in 1997-98 that had had 10 or more assists. During that season, he posted 10-plus assists in four games.

Notre Dame played its 500th game at the Joyce Center on Nov. 18 against Sacred Heart. The Irish are 387-115 all-time at the Joyce Center for a .771 winning percentage since it began play in the inaugural 1968-69 season. The Irish were 16-4 (.800) at home in 1999-2000, marking the third time in school history they had 16 victories (the most at the Joyce Center). Notre Dame also recorded 16 wins at the Joyce during the 1976-77 and 1982-83 campaigns.

First-year head coach Mike Brey earned his 100th career victory (in 152 games as a head coach) against Sacred Heart on Nov. 18. That win came just one day after his former mentor, Mike Krzyzewski, earned his 500th win at Duke on Nov. 17. Brey was an assistant under Krzyzewski at Duke from 1987-95.

There have been three Irish players to score 17-plus points in three of Notre Dame’s first five games. Balanced scoring has contributed to the team’s 87.0 scoring average this season.

  • Sacred Heart (Troy Murphy-31, Ryan Humphrey-19, Matt Carroll-15)
  • Loyola-Chicago (Troy Murphy-23, Matt Carroll-22, David Graves-18)
  • Vanderbilt (Ryan Humphrey-24, Troy Murphy-23, David Graves-19)

Follow All-American Troy Murphy on the world wide web at The site includes biographical information, statistics, pictures, a weekly diary, a listing of awards and honors and links to articles on the web which have been written on this Irish junior. For more information on the site, contact the Notre Dame Sports Information Office at (219) 631-7516.

Notre Dame’s 22 wins during the 1999-2000 campaign marked the most for an Irish team since the 1986-87 season when that squad finished with a 24-8 mark and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. It also marked the 19th time in school history that an Irish team had won 20 or more games. Notre Dame had not posted back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.

Troy Murphy is one of the Preseason Top 50 candidates for the 2000-2001 John R. Wooden All-America team. Murphy, a member of the 10-member squad last season, has been designated as one of the top 25 vote-getters. He and Duke senior Shane Battier are the only two previous candidates among the list of 50. The Award Committee will release a Midseason Top 30 list with the 10-member Wooden Award All-America team announced on March 27, 2001. From that squad, one member will receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation’s “Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player.” The announcement will be made on April 6, 2001, and will be shown on a one-hour telecast on Fox Sports Net.

Troy Murphy is listed as the second-leading vote-getter among 30 preseason candidates announced for the 2000-01 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The preseason candidates including Murphy are: Shane Battier (Duke), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Carlos Boozer (Duke), Cory Bradford (Illinois), Eric Chenowith (Kansas), Jarron Collins (Stanford), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Joe Forte (North Carolina), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Tony Harris (Tennessee), Udonis Haslem (Florida), Brendan Haywood (North Carolina), Casey Jacobson (Stanford), Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Joe Johnson (Arkansas), Ken Johnson (Ohio State), Kaspars Kambala (UNLV), Jason Kapono (UCLA), Mike Kelley (Wisconsin), Terence Morris (Maryland), Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), Kenny Satterfield (Cincinnati), Brian Scalabrine (Southern California), Jamaal Tinsley (Iowa State), Jason Williams (Duke), Loren Woods (Arizona), Michael Wright (Arizona) and Vincent Yarbrough (Tennessee).

Troy Murphy’s travels took him twice to Hawaii within a two-week span in August and early September. The Irish junior participated in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp just before returning to campus for the start of the school year and met up with former Notre Dame standout and 1997 BIG EAST Player of the Year Pat Garrity. Murphy made a second trip across the mainland when he played for the USA Men’s Select Team on Sept. 2 in Honolulu against the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team. The game was televised by NBC and Murphy finished with four points and three rebounds.

As a team, the Irish are shooting 49.5 percent from the field (145-293), 46.0 percent from three-point range (46-100) and 76.7 percent from the line (99-129). Notre Dame has held its opponents in its first five games to just 38.5 percent overall (131-340), 25.3 from the three-point arc (24-95) and 66.2 percent (51-77) from the free throw line.

Notre Dame has made the most of its opportunities from the free-throw line this season as the Irish have converted on 76.7 percent of their chances (99-129) from the charity stripe. The Irish are averaging 19.8 free throws made per game. Notre Dame opponents have made only 51 free throws (10.2 per game) and are averaging just 15.4 trips to the free-throw line.

Notre Dame’s first-half shooting totals in its first two games against Sacred Heart and Loyola were hard to imagine as the Irish shot 67.9 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.

Troy Murphy has scored 30-plus points in two of Notre Dame first five games this season. The junior forward had 31 in the season opener against Sacred Heart and 30 vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 25. He scored 30 or more points in nine games last season and has 14 career 30-plus outings.

Ryan Humphrey registered his first double double in an Irish uniform when he scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Cincinnati in the victory over the Bearcats. Before transferring to Notre Dame, he posted double doubles in 10 outings and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 16 contests in two seasons at Oklahoma.

Notre Dame has had at least one three-pointer in 55 consecutive games, a mark that dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time the Irish failed to connect on at least one three-pointer in a game was against Connecticut in a 101-70 loss in Hartford, Conn., on January 12, 1999. Notre Dame set the school single-game three-point mark when it nailed 16 three-pointers against Loyola.

Senior Martin Ingelsby returned to his role as Notre Dame’s starting point guard in the season opener against Sacred Heart. A starter in his first two seasons, Ingelsby lost his starting job in the seventh game of the season a year ago and averaged just 14.8 minutes and 4.8 points per game in 1999-2000. He is averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 7.0 assists in four games. Ingelsby responded to his return as an Irish starter with 15 points nailing a career-high five three-pointers in the first game. He hit on all five of his three-point attempts from beyond the arc in the first half and finished with six assists and just one turnover in the contest. Against Loyola, he had scored nine points (all from three-point range), dished off 11 assists and just one turnover. In the win against Cincinnati, he had five points, five rebounds, eight assists while playing 39 minutes. He played all 40 minutes vs. Vanderbilt and had three points and five assists and reached double figures for the second time this season against Indiana scoring 11 points and dishing off five assists in 39 minutes of action.

Martin Ingelsby leads the Irish with 35 assists. His 11 assists (one shy of his career-high) against Loyola (Chicago) on Nov. 22 marked the fifth time in his career he had 10-plus assists. The previous four outings in which he had 10 or more assists occurred in his freshman season (1986-87). For the season, Ingelsby is averaging 7.0 assists per game and has turned the ball over just five times in the first five games. He has played a total of 174 minutes in five games and is averaging a turnover every 34.8 minutes. Ingelsby’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 0.14.

No Irish player has been as consistent throughout the preseason and in the first five games as sophomore Matt Carroll. He registered double figures for the 21st time in his career and tied his career best earlier in the season when he scored 22 points against Loyola (Chicago). In that game, he also dished off a personal best nine assists. Against Vanderbilt last Saturday, Carroll also established another career-high when he grabbed nine rebounds in the game. He is shooting 52.5 (21-40) percent from the field, 55.6 (10-18) from three-point range and 83.3 (10-12) from the charity stripe. Even more impressive is that he is second in the assist columnn with 26 (5.2 per game).

Ryan Humphrey, who transferred from the University of Oklahoma prior in the fall of 1999 and sat out all of last season, has led the Irish in scoring in each of the last two games and has scored in double figures in all five contests this season. He had a career-high 24 points (hitting nine-of-12 field goals), six rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots against Vanderbilt last Saturday night in the come-from-behind victory. He began his Irish career by scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds in his official regular-season debut against Sacred Heart. Humphrey’s first two points as a Notre Dame player came on a dunk 2:37 into the contest. He connected on seven of 10 shots from the field and played a total of 26 minutes. Humphrey had 16 points and seven rebounds against Loyola and 10 points and 12 rebounds for his first double double in an Irish uniform versus Cincinnati. He scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss to Indiana on Tuesday night. Humphrey is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding averaging 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Troy Murphy recorded his 34th career double double (and second of the season) against Vanderbilt last Saturday night when he scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It marked the 39th game of his career in which he scored 20-plus points. The junior forward has scored 30-plus points in two games this season — 31 vs. Sacred Heart and 30 vs. Cincinnati — giving him 14 in his career. Murphy has scored in double figures in 68 of 69 career games.

The most telling statistic from the first three games — the 104 assists (20.8 per game). Notre Dame has made a total of 145 field goals in its first five games which translates into an assist for every 1.39 baskets. As a team, the Irish have committed just 72 turnovers, resulting in a 0.69 assist-to-turnover ratio and a turnover every 2.78 minutes. Last season, Notre Dame had more turnovers (656) than assists (643).

It won’t be long before junior David Graves becomes the 41st player in Notre Dame history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He has 934 points in 72 career games and has nearly a 13.0 career scoring average.

Notre Dame’s 8-8 mark in BIG EAST play last season marked the first time since the Irish joined the conference in 1995-96 that the team did not have a losing mark in league play. Notre Dame was 4-14 in 1995-96, 8-10 in both 1996-97 and 1998-99 and 7-11 in 1997-98. Notre Dame had never been two games above the .500 level in BIG EAST play until last year’s team began with a 2-0 record.

Mike Brey and Miami’s Perry Clark are the two new coaches in the BIG EAST this season. Hired by their respective schools within eight days of each other, Clark was named head coach of the Hurricanes on July 6 after 11 years at Tulane, while Brey was introduced as Notre Dame’s 17th head coach on July 14.

Notre Dame’s three-point shooting appears to be alive and healthy again this season as the Irish have canned an average of 9.20 three-pointers (46-100) in its first five games. Martin Ingelsby leads the way with 13, after nailing five in the season opener against Sacred Heart. In the season opener, the Irish began the contest by hitting eight of their first nine from beyond the three-point arc. They also had a school-record 16 against Loyola on Nov. 22. Last season, the Irish averaged 7.8 three-pointers per game en route to establishing the single-season mark with 287.

With the addition of Virginia Tech, the 14-team BIG EAST Conference has been split into two divisions. BIG EAST teams will once again play a 16-game conference schedule. Annually, teams will meet each divisional opponent on a home-and-home basis and will play four games against teams from the other division. Notre Dame has been designated to the West division, which also includes: Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse and West Virginia. The East division members are: Boston College, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova and Virginia Tech. The Irish play Boston College, Connecticut, St. John’s and Virginia Tech in the single games this season.

For the first time in the history of the BIG EAST Conference, every team will not advance to the league’s postseason tournament. The top six teams in each division will qualify for the 2001 AT&T BIG EAST Championship in Madison Square Garden on March 7-10. First-round tournament games will feature cross-divisional matchups (the No. 3 seeds will play No. 6 seeds and the No. 4 seeds will play the No. 5 seeds). The top two teams in each division will be awarded first-round byes.

Troy Murphy became the 40th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points on Jan. 29, 2000 when the Irish defeated St. John’s. He started the season 16th on the all-time scoring list, but the 122 points he has scored in in his first five games have elevated him to 11th on the scoring list with 1,480 career points. Against Cincinnati, he moved ahead of Don Williams who finished his Irish career with 1,433 points and needs nine points to pass Elmer Bennett who currently holds down the 10th spot on the career scoring list. Murphy became the second-youngest player in Irish history to score 1,000 points at 19 years and 272 days old. Former Irish All-American Adrian Dantley (1973-76) was 18 years and 355 days old when he scored his 1,000th point. Murphy also joins Dantley as the only Irish sophomores with 1,000 points. He scored his 1,000th point in his 48th career game — the fifth-fastest among Notre Dame’s 39 previous 1,000-point scorers. All-time leading scorer Austin Carr (1968-71) needed just 35 games, while Dantley needed 44. It took John Shumate (1972-74) and Bob Arnzen (1966-69) 46 games to score 1,000 points.

Among active Division I players according to STATS Inc. Troy Murphy is second with 34 career double doubles. He has scored in double figures in 68 of 69 career games he has played and has registered double figures in 56 straight contests heading into this afternoon’s matchup with Miami. The only time Murphy has failed to score in double figures was against Syracuse on Dec. 29, 1998.

Eight of Notre Dame’s first 10 games of the season are at home and only one of those games is on the opponents’ home floor. Today’s game is the second of six consecutive home games for the Irish who will not be on the road until they begin BIG EAST play at Syracuse on Tues., Jan. 2.

Notre Dame will make nine national television appearances during the 2000-01 season as the Irish will be featured three times on CBS and six times on ESPN. It is the most regular-season telecasts since the 1988-89 campaign when that Notre Dame squad also had nine of its games nationally televised. The national lineup is as follows: Indiana (Tues., Dec. 5 on ESPN), at Syracuse (Tues., Jan. 2 on ESPN), at Seton Hall (Mon., Jan. 8 on ESPN), at Kentucky (Sat., Jan. 13 on CBS), St. John’s (Mon., Feb. 5 on ESPN), at Rutgers (Wed., Feb. 14 on ESPN), Seton Hall (Sun., Feb. 18 on CBS), at Connecticut (Mon., Feb. 26 on ESPN) and Georgetown (Sun., Mar. 4 on CBS).

Three luncheons featuring Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey and his Irish players have been scheduled during the 2000-2001 season: Monday, Dec, 4, 2000 (the day before the Notre Dame-Indiana game), Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 (the day before the Notre Dame-Syracuse), Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001 (the day before the Notre Dame-Boston College game).

All three luncheons, which begin at noon, will feature Brey, members of his squad, video presentations and other special guests.

Tickets are $16 each. Tickets are available by mail by writing Athletics Business Office, 112 Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame. No telephone reservations will be accepted. For more information, call 219-631-7246.

Season-tickets for the 2000-01 Notre Dame men’s basketball season are sold-out. A limited number of single-game tickets for contests against Tennessee Tech (Dec. 17), Canisius (Dec. 19), Vermont (Dec. 21), Long Island (Dec. 29) and Rutgers (Jan. 6) are still on sale. All 3,200 student season-tickets allotted for the upcoming campaign also have been sold, a figure that has doubled from the 1,600 sold for the 1999-2000 season. Remaining tickets for the Tennessee Tech, Canisius, Vermont, Long Island and Rutgers contests can be purchased at the ticket office in the Joyce Center or by calling 219-631-7356.

WNTS Radio 1590 AM in Indianapolis, Ind., will broadcast 12 Notre Dame men’s basketball games during the 2000-01 season in the Indianapolis market as part of the Notre Dame Basketball Network originated by Host Communications. WNTS 1590 AM, which is owned by S&M Broadcasting Company, Inc., has been broadcasting its signal in the Indianapolis area since 1974.

The men’s basketball games on WNTS this season include: Nov. 22 vs. Loyola (Chicago) at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 vs. Indiana at 9:00 p.m., Dec.19 vs. Canisius at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 vs. Vermont at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2 at Syracuse at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 8 at Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 16 vs. Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23 vs. Syracuse at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 vs. St. John’s at 7:00 p.m., Feb. 14 at Rutgers at 9:00 p.m., Feb. 21 vs. Boston College at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 at Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.

The Notre Dame CHAMPS/Life Skills Program has been identified as one fo the best in the nation by the NCAA Division I-A Athletic Directors’ Association. Notre Dame received one of four program of excellence award at the Association’s Sept. 25 awards dinner in Dallas. Honored along with Notre Dame were Arizona State University, the University of Iowa and Michigan State University. Notre Dame’s Life Skills Program currently is under the direction of Bernard Muir, associate athletic director for student-athlete welfare.

In existence since August 1996, Notre Dame’s Life Skills Program is committed to the total development of the University’s student-athletes. It fosters the cultivation of skills that allow for their maximization on and off the playing field. The program develops and implements events and activities which are designed to facilitate learning in five key areas: academic excellence, athletic success, career preparation, community involvement and personal development. By the time a Notre Dame student-athlete graduates, he or she will have participated in approximately 40 hours of required skill building and development workshops in each key area. All freshmen and their parents participate in orientation sessions designed to assist in the transition into the University and to inform them about the Life Skills Program as well as other support services.