Feb. 26, 1998
Notre Dame vs. Providence Preview
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-12, 7-10) vs. PROVIDENCE Friars (11-15, 6-11)
Date: Saturday, February 28, 1998
Place: Providence Civic Center (12,993), Providence, RI
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Television: National telecast by NBC (Don Criqui, Bill Walton)
Live Radio: Host Communications Inc. (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan) originates the Notre Dame Radio Network (includes WNDU-1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City and WGON-860 in Marion)
TODAY'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team wraps up the regular season this afternoon as it takes on Providence College. Today's game is the first and only regular season meeting between the two schools this season.
Notre Dame broke at three-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 79-69 win over Georgetown and enters today's game with an overall record of 13-12 and 7-10 in the BIG EAST.
In the victory over the Hoyas, senior forward Pat Garrity (Monument, Colo.) scored a team-high 24 points with nine rebounds while freshman guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Penn.) had 15 points with seven assists. Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and junior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Penn.) each scored 13 points in the winning effort.
Notre Dame led by two (32-30) at halftime, but the Hoyas pulled out to a 67-63 lead with 3:35 left to play. The Irish then took charge of the game by scoring 16 of the game's final 18 points as two free throws by Garrity and three-pointers by sophomore Jimmy Dillon (Philadelphia, Penn.) and Garrity gave the Irish a 71-67 lead with 2:01 left. The Irish then scored the rest of their points from the free throw line, going eight for 10 from the stripe during that period.
Providence enters the game with an overall mark of 11-15 and are 6-11 in the BIG EAST. The Friars are coming off a 77-68 loss to Connecticut last Monday.
THE NOTRE DAME-PROVIDENCE SERIES: Today's game is the ninth meeting between Notre Dame and Providence and the Friars lead the series by a 5-3 count. Since Notre Dame joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Providence leads the series by a 2-1 count. Notre Dame is 1-3 vs. the Friars on the road and 1-2 in the Providence Civic Center. John MacLeod is 1-4 vs. Providence as a collegiate head coach.
The teams split a pair of meetings last season as the Friars won an 82-59 game at Providence on Dec. 7, 1996, and the Irish won in overtime at the Joyce Center by an 86-74 count on Feb. 22, 1997.
In the first game, Jamel Thomas scored a game-high 27 points for the Friars while God Shammgod had 18 and Derrick Brown 15. Providence led by 18 at the half, 42-24. Garrity led Notre Dame with 20.
In the second game, Admore White hit a three point field goal in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. Matt Gotsch had 18 points to lead the Irish.
INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) suffered a thigh contusion with 1:03 left in the win over St. John's on Jan. 31. Friel has missed the past seven games and is questionable for tonight's game vs. Georgetown. Freshman Leviticus Williamson (Spring, Texas) has missed two games in the past six contests with back spasms.
ROAD WINS: With the victory at St. John's on Saturday, Jan. 31, the Irish claimed their third BIG EAST Conference road victory of the season, surpassing the total number of wins Notre Dame had on the road its first two seasons in the league. In 1995-96, Notre Dame defeated St. John's 86-83 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31, 1996, for its first BIG EAST road victory. Last season, the Irish won at Syracuse, 73-58, on Jan. 18, 1997.
This season, Notre Dame has won three league road tests. The Irish won the league opener at Pittsburgh 73-69 on Dec. 6, prior to beating West Virginia by a 74-72 count in Morgantown on Jan. 15. Notre Dame became the first visiting school this season to win at the WVU Coliseum and snapped a West Virginia five-game BIG EAST home court winning streak.
KNOCKING OFF THE TOP 25: Notre Dame's win over Syracuse on Jan. 21 gave the Irish their second win over a top 25 team in seven days. Syracuse was ranked No. 15 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of the game while Notre Dame beat West Virginia on Jan. 15 by a 74-72 tally. West Virginia was ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of that game. Before the win over the Mountaineers, the last time Notre Dame had defeated a nationally-ranked opponent was February 17, 1994, when the Irish defeated No. 22 Marquette 68-58. The WVU win snapped a 20-game losing streak to ranked teams.
ALL BUT 'NOVA: With Notre Dame's victory over Georgetown on Wednesday night, the Irish have now posted at least one victory over each BIG EAST team since they joined the league in 1995-96 with the exception of Villanova. Notre Dame has lost four league games to the Wildcats, including an 81-61 setback this season.
IRISH SHOOTING A KEY IN BIG EAST: Notre Dame's field goal and three-point field goal shooting percentages have been drastically different in its BIG EAST wins and losses.
In BIG EAST wins, Notre Dame is shooting 50.8 percent from the field (189 for 372) and 42.2 percent from three-point range (46 for 109). In BIG EAST losses, the Irish are shooting at 40.2 percent from the field (225 for 560) and 29.8 percent (50 for 168) from three-point range.
91 POINTS A BIG EAST HIGH: Notre Dame's 91 points in its win against Rutgers on Jan. 11 was the most number of points the Irish have scored in a BIG EAST game in its two-plus years of membership in the league. The previous high was 90 vs. West Virginia in the Joyce Center last season.
IRISH EXCEL IN CLASSROOM: Once again, the Notre Dame basketball team had another successful semester academically as a total of five players made the Dean's List for the fall '97 semester. Making the Dean's List were: Academic All-American Pat Garrity, Phil Hickey, Derek Manner, Paul Rainey and Nick Wills.
GARRITY NO. 4 IN CAREER SCORING -- SURPASSES 2,000: Garrity enters today's game with 2,041 career points, which places him fourth in Notre Dame career scoring history. David Rivers is No. 3 with 2,058 points from 1984-88 while the career leader is Austin Carr with 2,560 points from 1968-71. Garrity has scored in double figures in 98 of his 109 career games. Garrity has scored 20 or more points in 47 career games and has scored in double figures in 44 straight contests and 83 of the past 86 games.
GARRITY A NAISMITH FINALIST: Garrity was named as one of 10 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The finalists were announced on February 24 and the winner will be announced on April 4 in Atlanta. Other finalists for the award include Antawn Jamison of North Carolina, Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, Mike Bibby of Arizona, Vince Carter of North Carolina, Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech, Trajan Langdon of Duke, Paul Pierce of Kansas, Miles Simon of Arizona and Kenny Thomas of New Mexico.
GARRITY AND BIG EAST POINTS: Garrity scored a game-high 31 points vs. Connecticut on Feb. 17 and became the 19th player in BIG EAST Conference history to score 1,000 points in league regular season play. Garrity enters today's game with 1,081 career BIG EAST points. Felipe Lopez and Zendon Hamilton of St. John's both became members of that group earlier this season.
Garrity is now the 15th leading scorer in league history while Andre McCloud of Seton Hall (1982-86) is No. 14 with 1,113. Lawrence Moten of Syracuse is the leader with 1,405 points from 1991-95.
Garrity will be the leading scorer in BIG EAST history for players that have played three years or less.
Garrity's 20.4 points per game BIG EAST scoring average is the sixth-best in league history -- fourth-best among players that have played three or more seasons.
GARRITY AND CAREER STATISTICS: Garrity currently stands 10th on the Notre Dame career list for rebounds with 758 while Adrian Dantley is No. 9 with 843 from 1973-76. Garrity's 95 three-point field goals made is second in school history behind Ryan Hoover's 248 from 1992-96. His 273 trey attempts is second to Hoover's 680.
CAREER HIGH FOR GARRITY: Garrity scored a career-high 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 as he shot 12 for 22 from the field and was 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Garrity also pulled down 13 rebounds in the contest.
Last Sunday against Miami, Garrity posted his eighth double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hurricanes. Garrity now has 20 career double-doubles and all eight of his double-doubles this season have come in BIG EAST contests.
GARRITY, FRIEL HONORED BY BIG EAST: For his efforts against West Virginia and Seton Hall, Garrity was selected as the BIG EAST player of the week on Jan. 19 and shared the award with Duane Woodward of Boston College. The award marks the second time in Garrity's career that he has won it.
Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) was named the BIG EAST player of the week on Jan. 26 for his performance against Syracuse and shared the award with Boubacar Aw of Georgetown.
GARRITY FOULING OUT A RARITY: Garrity fouled out of the game vs. Connecticut on Jan. 2, 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.
GARRITY BREAKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED RECORD: Garrity has started 109 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).
THIRTY SOMETHING: Garrity's 31-point game vs. Connecticut on Feb. 17 marked the eighth time in his career that he scored 30-plus points in game. Garrity also scored 31 points in the win over Boston College on Feb. 11. Garrity had a career-high 37-point game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 and also scored 32 points in Notre Dame's win over Rutgers on January 11 to give him two 30-point games in three contests.
Garrity's other 30-point outings were: 32 points vs. Sam Houston this season (Nov. 28); 36 points vs. Indiana (Dec. 2, 1996); 31 points vs. Loyola (Dec. 30); and 33 points vs. Boston College (March 1, 1997).
GARRITY ON VITALE TEAM: Garrity was named a midseason first team All-American by ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale. Garrity was joined on this team by Antawn Jamison (his midseason player of the year), Paul Pierce of Kansas, Bonzi Wells of Ball State and Arizona's Mike Bibby. Raef LaFrentz of Kansas was an honorary member of the first team.
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:
- * the BIG EAST Player of the Year
- * a first team GTE Academic All-America pick and now has a 3.679 grade point average
- * a unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection
- * was named honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press and Basketball Weekly
GARRITY AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Garrity is the seventh leading scorer in the country through games of Feb. 25 at 23.3 points per game. Charlie Jones of Long Island University is first at 28.7 points per game.
IRISH IN BIG EAST STATISTICS:
Here is how the Notre Dame players and team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Feb. 25.
Name Category Overall Games Conference Games
Pat Garrity Scoring 1st at 23.3 1st at 23.9
FG Pct. 5th at 48.4 3rd at 48.4
FT Pct. 9th at 74.6 9th at 74.8
Rebounding 4th at 8.3 3rd at 8.9
Def. Rebs. t1st at 6.28 1st at 7.00
Phil Hickey Rebounding 4th at 8.3 5th at 8.1
Blocks 12th at 1.12 14th at 1.06
Off. Rebs. 5th at 3.08 t6th at 3.06
Def. Rebs. 6th at 4.88 7th at 5.06
Martin Ingelsby Assists 3rd at 5.72 5th at 5.12
3FG Pct. 4th at 40.0 --
Ast./TO Ratio 5th at 1.99 7th at 1.67
Derek Manner Steals 14th at 1.68 --
In team statistics, Notre Dame is fourth in field goal percentage (45.2), third in three-point field goal percentage (36.5), fifth in rebounding margin (+3.2), first in assists (17.32) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.02). In conference games, Notre Dame is fifth in rebounding (38.5), fifth in rebounding margin (+1.6) and second in assists (15.94).
Garrity's 37 points vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 17 is the second-highest in the BIG EAST this year in all games and conference games. Friel's eight three-point field goals vs. Syracuse are the most by a BIG EAST player in both overall and conference games this season.
Garrity's 12 field goals vs. Seton Hall are tied as the second-most in a conference game this year. Garrity's 15 free throws vs. Georgetown are the highest in all games this year and his 19 attempts vs. the Hoyas are tied as the highest overall and highest in conference games. Garrity's 23 field goal attempts vs. Miami on Sunday are tied as the second-highest in conference play this year.
Garrity's eight double-doubles are tied as the highest in conference games this year and he is tied for third with eight overall.
Notre Dame's 13 three-point field goals made vs. Syracuse are the second-highest in a conference game this year.
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 .
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:
- * 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
- * a second-team preseason All-American pick by Slam magazine
- * a third-team preseason All-American by Basketball Weekly
- * one of the 10 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 has started all 25 games this season and is averaging 6.8 points per game with 2.5 rebounds and has recorded a total of 143 assists (5.7 per game).
Ingelsby's 143 assists is the 10th-highest in school single-season history while Jack Meehan owns the record with 214 in 1970-71.
Ingelsby scored a BIG EAST career-high 15 points vs. Georgetown on Wednesday and he added seven assists with just one turnover. The game marked Ingelsby's first double-figure scoring effort since he had 10 points against Villanova (Jan. 28) -- a streak of seven games in single digits. Ingelsby's seven assists were the most for him a single game since he had 10 vs. Syracuse on Jan. 21.
Ingelsby had his second career double-double on January 28 against Syracuse as he recorded 10 points and 10 assists. His first one came against Florida International (Dec. 20) when he had a career-high 16 points with 11 assists.
Ingelsby had a career-high 12 assists against Indiana and has recorded eight or more assists in seven games. The 12 assists against the Hoosiers were the most by an opposing player in Assembly Hall against a Bobby Knight-coached team. Ingelsby has four career games with 10 assists or higher.
Ingelsby has played 824 minutes this season and committed just 72 turnovers -- one for every 11.4 minutes of play. The freshman has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.99 assists for every turnover. 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.
FRIEL MORE THAN THREES: Sophomore guard Keith Friel (Durham, N.H.) scored a career-high 30 points in the win over Syracuse on Jan. 21 and connected on eight of ten three-point field goal attempts. Friel's eight trey set the Notre Dame single-game record of seven, set by Ryan Hoover against Dayton on Jan. 9, 1993.
Friel had six three-pointers in the first half against Syracuse to help the Irish rally from an 11-0 deficit at the beginning of the game and take a 38-36 halftime lead.
But, Friel has established himself as more than just a three-point scoring threat. Friel made his first collegiate start on Jan. 31 against St. John's and scored 16 points in 28 minutes of play with just one three-pointer.
Friel was a key for the Irish in their late rally as he scored 12 of his 16 points in the final 6:38 of the game as the Irish turned a 51-44 deficit into a 73-65 win.
Friel suffered a thigh contusion in the final minute of the St. John's game and has missed the past seven games.
Friel also scored 11 points including a game-winning 15-foot jump shot with 0.4 seconds left as the Irish defeated West Virginia 74-72 on Jan. 15. Friel had 12 points in Notre Dame's win over Rutgers on Jan. 11 to score in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Friel is now the fourth-leading scorer on the team at 9.2 points per game and is averaging 16.8 minutes of playing time per game. He has scored in double figures in five of the past six games he played in, after scoring in double figures just once in the first 12 games of the season. Friel is averaging 14.8 points per game in the last six games he played in.
Friel leads Notre Dame with 42 three-point field goals and has registered just 10 two-point field goals this year. Of his 121 field goals attempts, 87 are from three-point range. In BIG EAST play, 27 of his 34 field goals are from three range as are 55 of his 76 attempts.
Friel shoots 48.3 percent from three-point range in overall games and just 29.4 percent from two-point range. In BIG EAST play, those numbers are 48.3 percent for threes and 33.3 for twos.
Friel's 42 threes are seventh in school single-season history. Hoover is the leader with 80 in 1993-94.
COMING OFF THE BENCH: Friel's 30 points was the most by a BIG EAST player in a conference game as a substitute since Greg Woodard of Villanova had 33 points off the bench against Pittsburgh on January 30, 1991.
MANNER OF TRUST: Derek Manner has his second career double-double against Rutgers on Feb. 5 when he scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. He had his first career double-double in Notre Dame's win at West Virginia on Jan. 16 with a career high 15 points and 10 rebounds. Manner, who connected on seven-of-12 field goal attempts, scored eight of Notre Dame's final 14 points against WVU.
Manner missed his third career double-double by a rebound on Feb. 11 against Boston College when he scored 10 points with nine rebounds.
Manner has scored in double figures in six games this season and in 24 games for his career. Notre Dame is 5-1 this season when the Irish score in double figures. He is averaging 6.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
HICKEY CONTINUES: Hickey had a career-high 21 points coming off the bench on Feb. 11 against Boston College. Hickey was eight for 12 from the field and also connected on five of eight free throw attempts. Hickey was inserted back into the Irish starting lineup on Feb. 14 at Miami and has started the past four contests.
Hickey's previous career high was 20 points vs. Rutgers on Feb. 5. He registered his personal best in rebounding when he grabbed 16 boards against Seton Hall on Jan. 17. His previous career high was 12 rebounds vs. TCU in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament last season.
Against Rutgers in the first meeting between the two teams, Hickey also played well scoring 16 points, 14 first half points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field.
Hickey has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and in five of the past seven games -- averaging 12.9 points per game in that period.
He is the second leading scorer and rebounder on the Irish, averaging 10.7 points per game and 8.0 rebounds.
His 28 blocked shots this season are tied as the seventh-highest in school history. LaPhonso Ellis is the leader with 86 in 1991-92.
WYCHE IN HOT STREAK: Junior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) has started 24 of 25 games this season and has scored in double figures in five of the past six games, averaging 12.3 points per game during that period.
Wyche scored a career-high 20 points vs. St. John's on Dec. 30. 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.
Wyche scored 13 points on Wednesday against Georgetown, which was his 12th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 21th of his career.
He is the team's third-leading scorer averaging 9.6 points per game. Wyche averaged 3.7 points as a freshman in 1995-96 and put in 5.5 points per game last season.
DILLON TIES CAREER HIGH AGAIN: Dillon had eight points in the victory over Georgetown on Wednesday, marking the second-straight game that he has scored eight points to tie his career high. Dillon also had eight points vs. Seton Hall last season.
Dillon has recorded 13 assists over the past three games and in the Hoya game, he hit a key three-point field goal with 2:46 left to give the Irish the lead for good at 68-67.
RASMUSSEN IN STARTING LINEUP: Irish freshman center Hans Rasmussen (Portland, Ore.) started four games for the Irish from Jan. 31 through Feb. 11. He made his first career start in the Irish win over St. John's on Jan. 31. He scored five points and had four rebounds vs. Georgetown on Feb. 7.
Rasmussen had a career-high nine rebounds vs. Connecticut on Jan. 3 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.
Rasmussen has played in all 25 games this season and is averaging 1.8 points per game and 2.3 rebounds.
WILLIAMSON GETS REBOUND HIGH: Notre Dame freshman Leviticus Williamson (Spring, Texas) had a career-high seven rebounds vs. Miami on Feb. 14. His previous high was four against St. John's on Jan. 31. His 21 minutes played against the Hurricanes marked a BIG EAST career high while his career high is 24 minutes vs. Northeastern on Nov. 25 -- his only career start.
IRISH ON TELEVISION: Notre Dame once again is making a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame appears or appeared 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 made six appearances on 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, appeared 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.