Jan. 5, 1998
Notre Dame Prepares for Pittsburgh
University of Notre Dame Basketball
TUESDAY'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team plays it first of two home games this week as it takes on Pittsburgh. The Irish come into the game with an overall record of 7-4 and 1-2 in the BIG EAST and have lost two games in a row, including an 84-58 loss to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.
Senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) was the leading scorer in that game for Notre Dame with 15 points, despite fouling out with just 19 minutes of playing time. Senior forward Derek Manner (Webster, Texas) had nine points for Notre Dame, while freshman Hans Rasmuseen (Portland, Ore.) came off the bench to bring down nine rebounds.
Pittsburgh enters the contest with an overall mark of 5-4 and 0-2 in the BIG EAST and are coming off a 73-65 home loss to Miami on Saturday.
Notre Dame returns to action on Sunday when it plays host to Rutgers for a 2:00 p.m. EST game that will be seen live on SportsChannel Chicago.
TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGE: There is no local television coverage for tonight's game. Radio coverage is provided by the Notre Dame Host Communications Network with a pair of native New Englanders behind the microphone - Jack Lorri and Jack Nolan.
THE NOTRE DAME-PITTSBURGH SERIES: Tonight's game is the 36th meeting between Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and the Irish hold a slim 18-17 lead in the series. As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh have split four games, including a 73-69 victory over the Panthers on Dec. 6, 1997, in each team's BIG EAST opener.
Pat Garrity had 28 points and 15 rebounds in that contest while Phil Hickey had 14 points and seven rebounds to pace the Irish. Three Pitt players scored in double figures as Vonteego Cummings had 27 points.
Notre Dame led 38-37 at the half and the game was tight the entire second half as four points was the biggest lead the Irish had while Pitt last led by a 51-50 count with 14:49 left.
INJURY REPORT: Notre Dame freshman forward Peter Okwalinga (Nairobi, Kenya) has not played in any of the Irish regular season games due to bilateral stress fractures in both of his feet.
GARRITY FOULING OUT A RARITY: Garrity fouled out of the game vs. Connecticut on Saturday as he scored 15 points in just 19 minutes of playing time. The game marked the first foul out for Garrity in 51 contests, as he last fouled out of a game vs. St. John's on Feb. 11, 1996. The 19 minutes were the fewest Garrity played in a game since he played 14 minutes against Oregon in the finals of the Far West Classic in 1994.
12 THREES ONE SHORT OF RECORD: Notre Dame registered 12 three-point field goals vs. Florida International on Dec. 20 on 30 attempts. The 12 treys were one short of the school single-game record of 13 against Dayton on Jan. 9, 1993.
WYCHE HITS CAREER HIGH: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started all 11 games this season and scored a career-high 20 points vs. St. John's last Tuesday. Wyche was five of nine from the field and four of eight from three-point range. Wyche's previous career high was 17 points against Indiana this year and Miami last year.
He is the team's third leading scorer averaging 10.3 points per game and is shooting 49.4 percent from the field (40-81) and 34.6 percent (16-46) from three-point range.
RASMUSSEN RECORDS REBOUND HIGH: Irish freshman center Hans Rasmussen (Portland, Ore.) had a career-high nine rebounds vs. Connecticut on Saturday as he came off the bench to play 20 minutes against the Huskies. Notre Dame ran into foul trouble vs. Connecticut which led to Rasmussen's 20 minutes of playing time, another career high.
GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity has started 95 consecutive games in his collegiate career, dating back to his freshman debut in 1994, for a school record. Garrity broke the school record for consecutive games started of 85, formerly held by Gary Novak (1971-74) and John Paxson (1980-83).
GARRITY NO. 6 IN CAREER SCORING: Garrity enters tonight's game with 1,704 career points, which places him sixth in Notre Dame career scoring history. Kelly Tripucka is fifth with 1,719 points from 1978-1981, while Tom Hawkins is No. 4 with 1,820 points from 1956-59 while the career leader is Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored in double figures in 84 of his 95 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 37 career games and has scored in double figures in 30 straight contests and 69 of the past 72 games.
THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity's 32-point outing in the Irish win over Sam Houston (Nov. 28) marked the fourth time in his career that he has scored 30-plus points in a game. Garrity was 11 of 18 from the field and three of six from three-point range in 37 minutes of action. His first 30-point outing was last season at the Joyce Center against Indiana when he tossed in a career-best 36 points in a one-point loss to the Hoosiers. In that contest, he was 12 of 20 from the field and three of four from three-point range. The other 30-plus point performances were against Boston College last season when he tossed in 33, hitting 11-18 from the field and against Loyola Chicago when he scored 31 points, connecting on 11-17 field goal attempts.
GARRITY IS TURNOVER FREE VS. FIU: Garrity scored 24 points and had seven rebounds vs. Florida International on Dec. 20 and also played the entire game without a turnover. The last time Garrity went without a turnover in a game was Feb. 28, 1996, a 71-59 loss to Miami in which Garrity scored 20 points and had eight rebounds.
GARRITY'S HONORS IN REVIEW: Last season, Pat Garrity was:
GARRITY, INGELSBY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the 14th leading scorer in the country through games of Jan. 3 at 22.4 points per game. Meanwhile, freshman point guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) is 12th in the country in assists per game at 6.7.
IRISH IN BIG EAST STATISTICS: Here is how the Notre Dame players and team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Jan. 4.
In team statistics, Notre Dame is third in assists in conference games (15.0), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (0.92). In overall games, Notre Dame is second in three-point field goal percentage at .374, fourth in rebounds (40.1), fourth in rebound margin (+4.3), first in assists (18.82) and second in assist/turnover ratio.
Martin Ingelsby's 12 assists vs. Indiana this year is tied as the most assists by a BIG EAST player in a game, while Pat Garrity's 16 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh is tied as the highest for that category. His 28 points vs. Pittsburgh is second as the most points in a game by a BIG EAST player this season.
GARRITY NAMED PRESEASON BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 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 seasons.
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 GARNERS PRESEASON HONORS: Garrity has earned '97-'98 preseason honors from virtually every publication and preseason team that has been announced thus far. They include:
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 has started all 11 games this season and is averaging 7.4 points per game with 3.1 rebounds and has recorded a total of 74 assists (6.7 per game).
Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded nine or more assists in four of his last eight games. The 12 assists against the Hoosiers were the most by an opposing player in Assembly Hall against a Bobby Knight-coached team.
Ingelsby recorded a career-high for points on Dec. 20 with 16 against Florida International.
Ingelsby has played 356 minutes this season and committed just 27 turnovers - one for every 13.2 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.7 assists for every turnover. Before the Dartmouth game on Dec. 22, he had led the Irish in the assist column in six straight games. The last freshman to start at Notre Dame in his collegiate debut was current junior Antoni Wyche, who had 16 points against Akron in 1995.
HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD: Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod (Bellarmine '59) is in his seventh season in charge of the Irish program and has an overall record of 85-98 at the school and has a 176-167 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 after 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.
TICKET PLANS: Tickets are now on sale for the 1997-98 Notre Dame basketball season. Notre Dame is offering two 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.
NOTRE DAME SIGNS THREE: University of Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod announced November 12 that three high school basketball players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Irish and plan to enroll at Notre Dame next fall.
The three are: 6-6 forward David Graves from Lexington, Ky., and Lexington Catholic High School; 6-10 center Troy Murphy from Sparta, N.J., and Delbarton High School in Morristown, N.J.; and 6-8 forward Harold Swanagan from Hopkinsville, Ky., and University Heights Academy.
Graves earned first-team all-state honors last season, while averaging 17.5 points per game and eight rebounds. He shot 61 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point field goal range. Graves was named the most valuable player at the Showboat Classic in Memphis, Tenn., last summer as his team went unbeaten at the event.
Murphy averaged 23.5 points with 10.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game last season. His team posted a 24-2 record and lost in the finals of the Morris County tournament. He is a two-time all-Morris County selection by the Newark Star-Ledger.
Swanagan averaged 16.9 points per game last season with 9.0 rebounds for University Heights Academy.
IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame will 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 makes 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.
IRISH ON THE NET: Complete information on all Notre Dame athletic teams can been found on the World Wide Web at www.und.com. For basketball, access to a Real Audio radio broadcast of the game is available and for home games, a "live" box score is updated every 15 seconds.