Men's Basketball

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Nov. 17, 1997

Notre Dame Prepares for The Citadel

Notre Dame vs. The Citadel
Monday, November 17, 1997, 7:30 p.m. EST
Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, IN

PROBABLE STARTERS                                            
No. Name            Pos Cl. Ht.  Wt.    Hometown            PPG     RPG     Asst.
3   Derek Manner    F   Sr. 6-6  206    Webster, TX         7.0     5.1     43
53  Pat Garrity     F   Sr. 6-9  231    Monument, CO        21.2    7.4     84
55  Phil Hickey     C   Jr. 6-10 252    Wellsboro, PA       3.6     3.2     7
4   Antoni Wyche    G   Jr. 6-4  193    Ballston Lake, NY   5.5     1.3     24
24  Martin Ingelsby G   Fr. 5-11 169    Philadelphia, PA    --      --      --
Pat Garrity\
Pat Garrity. (File photo)

TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team opens the 1997-98 tonight as it takes on The Citadel of the Southern Conference. Last season, The Citadel had an overall record of 13-14 last season and opened its 1997-98 campaign with a loss to Francis Marion College, a Division II team in Florence, S.C. Notre Dame posted a 16-14 record in 1996-97 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Irish had a 8-10 record in BIG EAST play. After tonight's game with The Citadel, Notre Dame returns to action on Friday, Nov. 21, when it travels to Milwaukee to play Marquette in the Bradley Center at 7:00 p.m. CST. Notre Dame's BIG EAST Conference opener is on Sat., December 6, at Pittsburgh for a 4:00 p.m. EST game. Notre Dame's first BIG EAST home game is Tues., December 30, against St. John's at 7:30 p.m. EST.

TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGE: There is no television coverage for tonight's game. Radio coverage is provided by the Host Communications Network (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan). Notre Dame makes its first television appearance of the year on Wed., Dec. 3, when the Irish travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers on ESPN2.

EXHIBITION GAME: Notre Dame played its first exhibition game of the season last Sunday as the Irish defeated Athletes in Action by a 78-77 count as sophomore Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) hit a three-point field goal at the buzzer for the win. Notre Dame trailed by five at the half, 41-36, and was down by six points with 40.9 seconds left in the contest, but three point field goal by freshman Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Friel helped the Irish pull out the victory. Senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) led the Irish with 23 points and 12 rebounds while senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) had 17 points and 11 boards. Junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) had 16 points -- 15 in the second half -- and nine rebounds. Notre Dame also plays an exhibition game on Tues., December 9, against Marathon.

IRISH IN OPENERS: The Irish have an overall record of 75-17 in season-opening games. Notre Dame has won five-straight season opening games with a 52-50 win over Loyola Chicago in 1992, a 95-74 win over Valparaiso in 1993, a 77-69 win over the Crusaders in '94, a 65-54 win over Akron in '95 and a 73-66 win over Monmouth last year. John MacLeod has a 10-2 record as a collegiate head coach in season-opening games with a 5-1 record at Notre Dame.

THE NOTRE DAME-CITADEL SERIES: This is the first meeting between Notre Dame and The Citadel in the sport of basketball.

GARRITY TO TIE RECORD TONIGHT: Garrity is schedule to start tonight's game, which will give him 85 consecutive starts in his collegiate career, dating back to his freshman debut in 1994. Garrity has started and played in all 84 Irish games since coming to Notre Dame and will tie the school record for consecutive games started tonight with Gary Novak (1971-74) and John Paxson (1980-83).

GARRITY NAMED PRESEASON BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Irish senior forward Pat Garrity was named the 1997-98 BIG EAST Conference preseason player of the year at the league's annual media day, which was held Wed., Nov. 5, in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Garrity, who was the 1996-97 BIG EAST player of the year, was a unanimous choice for the award and was named to the all-BIG EAST preseason first team joined by St. John's senior center Zendon Hamilton, Miami junior forward Tim James, Pittsburgh junior guard Vonteego Cummings and Seton Hall sophomore guard Shaheen Holloway. The second team was Richard Hamilton of Connecticut, Jamel Thomas of Providence, Felipe Lopez of St. John's, Todd Burgan of Syracuse and Damian Owens of West Virginia. Ron Artest of St. John's was the preseason rookie of the year. For just the second time since 1985, the BIG EAST Conference has a returning player of the year in Garrity. The last returning BIG EAST player of the year was Villanova's Kerry Kittles, who won the award in 1994-95. Previously, Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Chris Mullin of St. John's shared the award in 1983-84 and returned for their senior season. In the preseason coaches poll, Syracuse was picked to win the BIG EAST 7, while Connecticut was the pick in the BIG EAST 6. Notre Dame was picked fifth in the BIG EAST 6.

GARRITY'S HONORS IN REVIEW: Last season, Pat Garrity was:

  • the BIG EAST Player of the Year
  • a first team GTE Academic All-America pick and now has a 3.703 grade point average
  • a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection
  • was named honorable mention All-American selection by the Associated Press and Basketball Weekly

GARRITY GARNERS PRESEASON HONORS: Garrity has earned preseason honors from virtually every publication and preseason team that has been announced thus far. They include being:

  • one of five national player of the year candidates according to Street and Smith's yearbook
  • a preseason All-American according to Street and Smith's yearbook
  • a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon yearbook
  • a first team preseason All-American pick by Inside Sports magazine, selected by CBS announcer Billy Packer
  • one of the top ten preseason candidates for the Naismith College Player of the Year award, given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club
  • one of the top 25 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, given by the Los Angeles Tipoff Club
  • the third-best power forward in the country according to The Sporting News yearbook
  • the fourth-best power forward in the country according to Street and Smith's yearbook
  • the BIG EAST preseason player of the year according to The Sporting News yearbook

GARRITY LEADS USA TEAM: Garrity spent this past summer as a member of the United States Under-22 National Team. Coached by Utah's Rick Majerus, the team played exhibition games in the beginning of the summer against National Basketball Association rookie teams and then traveled to Australia for the World Under-22 Championship from August 1-10. The United States team finished fifth at that event, losing to host Australia in the quarterfinals by an 81-63 score and then beating Lithuania and Turkey in the consolation bracket. In the preliminary round, the United States beat Yugoslavia, New Zealand, China and Lithuania and lost to Puerto Rico. Garrity was the leading scorer on the United States team, averaging 11.8 points per contest and was the second-leading rebounder at 4.5 boards per game. Garrity was the leading scorer for the team in three games and tied for the lead in another. Other members of the team included Mike Jones from TCU, Cory Carr from Texas Tech and Sam Jacobson from Minnesota.

INGELSBY IN STARTING LINEUP: Ingelsby is scheduled to start tonight's game against The Citadel in his collegiate debut. The last freshman to start at Notre Dame in his collegiate debut was Wyche, who had 16 points against Akron in 1995.

HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD: Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod (Bellarmine '59) is entering his seventh season in charge of the Irish program and has an overall record of 79-94 at the school and has a 169-163 mark as a college coach, which also includes six seasons at Oklahoma (1967-73). MacLeod was a head coach in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons (Phoenix Suns from 1973-87, Dallas Mavericks from 1987-90 and the New York Knicks from 1990-91). MacLeod had an overall mark of 707-657 in the NBA. MacLeod was named the 1997 BIG EAST coach of the year as he led his Irish to a 8-10 regular season mark in the league as Notre Dame was tied as the second-most improved club in the conference.

THE JOYCE CENTER: The Joyce Center is in its 30th year of use by the Notre Dame basketball team and the Irish have an 349-99 (.779) record in the building. Of the 448 games played in the facility, 201 have been sellouts.

TICKET PLANS: Tickets are now on sale for the 1997-98 Notre Dame basketball season. Season tickets for all games, including the two exhibitions, are sold out in the lower arena, but remain in the upper bleacher seats for $146 each. Notre Dame is offering two other ticket plans this season, all of which are in the bleacher seats. The gold package includes tickets for the St. John's (Dec. 30), Rutgers (Jan. 11), Villanova (Jan. 28) and Connecticut (Feb. 17) games while the blue package includes the Syracuse (Jan. 21), Boston College (Feb. 11), Miami (Feb. 22) and Georgetown (Feb. 25) games. Both packages are priced at $32 apiece. Individual tickets for games not included in the blue and gold packages are also now available.

IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame will make once again make a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame will appear on NBC twice (Jan. 31 at St. John's and Feb. 28 at Providence), ESPN twice (Jan. 21 vs. Syracuse and Feb. 25 vs. Georgetown) and on ESPN2 twice (Dec. 3 at Indiana and Feb. 17 vs. Connecticut). Notre Dame will make six appearances on SportsChannel Chicago (soon to be FOX Sports Chicago) as part of the ESPN-Plus package: Dec. 6, at Pittsburgh; Dec. 14, vs. Drexel; Jan. 3, at Connecticut; Jan. 11, vs. Rutgers; Jan. 28, vs. Villanova; Feb. 14, at Miami. Two games, in addition to the NBC games, two ESPN-Plus games will be shown on WNDU-TV in South Bend (Jan. 17 at Seton Hall and Feb. 7 at Georgetown) and two others on WBND-TV in South Bend (Jan. 15 at West Virginia and Feb. 5 at Rutgers).

IRISH ON THE RADIO: Host Communications, Inc., originates the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network for the 10th year in 1997-98. Jack Lorri will handle the play by play of all Notre Dame games and this season will mark his 29th year announcing Irish games. Lorri spent his first 14 years with Notre Dame as sports director of WTRC-AM in Elkhart, Ind., and then five doing games on WGN-AM in Chicago before teaming up with Host Communications. He served as sports director for WSJV-TV in Elkhart for 13 years beginning in 1967 and did play by play for Kentucky football and basketball on WLAP in Lexington in 1961-63. Lorri also served as sports director of the Tribune Radio Network in Chicago. Jack Nolan handles the color commentary on the network. He has been a sports anchor at WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, for over a decade. He has done play by play of Irish basketball on both television and radio as well as combining on various live telecasts of Notre Dame football. He is also the host of WNDU's highly-successful Saturday and Sunday morning news broadcasts. Stations scheduled to be on the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network this season in the South Bend area are: WNDU 1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City, WGOM-860 AM in Marion and WLUV 96.7 FM and 1520 AM in Rockford, Ill.

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