Defending champs begin play Thursday at $1 million The Basketball Tournament (8 p.m. ET on ESPNU).
Irish and Eagles meeting for first time since 2005.
Notre Dame to play four of next five games at home.
Fighting Irish aiming for first ACC road win.
Notre Dame traveling to Tallahassee for the first time ever.
The men's basketball team and staff gathered together with family and fans in the Purcell Pavilion on April 13th.
AP Photos: Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Irish prepare to take on Akron in Chicago.
Irish prepare to take on Florida State in Chicago.
Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points and Tim Abromaitis added 14
FIFTH-YEAR SEASON (2010-11):Brings toughness and strength to the Irish backcourt ... will be the leader and voice in the Irish locker room ... fearless on the basketball court and has an attacking mindset ... handles the ball extremely well and commits few turnovers ... possesses good all-around skills as a shooter and playmaker ... ability to drive to the basket gives Notre Dame added dimension on offense ... in 100 career games, has scored 988 points (9.9 ppg) and dished out 342 assists (3.4 apg) during his time at Notre Dame and Mississippi State ... also has 349 career rebounds (3.5 rpg) and 103 steals.
SENIOR SEASON (2009-10): A valuable contributor in his first season playing with the Fighting Irish ... started all 35 games ... ranked third on the team in points (419) and points per game (12.0) ... grabbed 136 rebounds (3.9 rpg) ... scored in double figures 23 times ... led the Irish in scoring on five occasions ... second on the squad with 153 assists ... dished out five or more assists in 13 games ... notched an impressive 2.43 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked 27th nationally ... shot 41.4% from three-point range (67-162) ... recorded 37 steals and five blocked shots ... second on the team in minutes played (1241) ... averaged 35.5 minutes per game ... played 35-plus minutes in 24 contests ... Co-Team Irish Award ... BIG EAST weekly honor roll (March 1) ... hit all five of his three-point attempts and all four of his free throws en route to tallying a team-high tying 19 points in the season opener against North Florida ... registered 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds versus Saint Francis ... went 4-6 from three-point range against the Red Flash ... netted 11 points and handed out seven assists against Long Beach State ... after three straight games of single-digit scoring (Liberty, Kennesaw State, Northwestern), began a season-best streak of nine straight games of reaching double figures ... scored 14 points and had five assists versus Saint Louis ... netted another 14 points against Idaho State ... notched 11 points versus UCF ... scored a season-high 22 points, along with five assists, against IUPUI ... knocked down four of his six three-point attempts en route to scoring 14 points in addition to dishing out nine assists versus Loyola Marymount ... netted 14 points against UCLA ... scored 16 points and had five assists versus Bucknell ... produced an all-around effort with 10 points, a career-high 10 assists and eight rebounds against Providence in the BIG EAST opener ... registered 14 points in a road contest at Connecticut ... matched a career-high total with 10 assists in addition to nine rebounds versus West Virginia ... produced 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against DePaul ... began a streak of eight straight games in double figures with 18 points against Rutgers ... also had five rebounds, five assists and a career-high tying four steals versus the Scarlet Knights ... compiled 12 points, nine assists and eight boards against Cincinnati ... had 13 points and six rebounds against USF ... netted 10 points versus Seton Hall and followed that up with 13 points against St. John's ... reached the 20-point plateau for the second time on the season with 21 points, to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, versus Louisville ... hit a career-high 10 free throws (in 12 attempts) against the Cardinals ... had 15 points and nine rebounds against Pittsburgh ... notched 20-plus points for the second time in three games with a team-high 21 in a win at Georgetown ... named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for his performance against the Hoyas ... scored a team-best 17 points against West Virginia in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship ... hit four of seven three-pointers against the Mountaineers ... deposited a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds versus Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Championship.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09): Transferred to Notre Dame in June 2008 after playing for two seasons at Mississippi State ... sat out entire 2008-09 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
SOPHOMORE SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2007-08): In 65 career outings with the Bulldogs, averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists while playing 28.2 minutes per game and making 37 starts ... averaged 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists while appearing in 30 of his teams 34 contests ... led Mississippi State to a final 23-11 record and second-round appearance in NCAA Tournament ... scored in double figures in 14 contests ... topped the 20-plus points mark on three occasions and played 30-plus minutes in 22 games ... first 20-point effort was against UT Martin as he connected on 6-8 shots from the field ... also finished with 20 points against Auburn as he was 6-9 from the field and 4-7 from three-point range ... his third 20-point outing of the season came at Florida when he connected on 6-10 shots and was 4-8 from three-point range ... opened the season by scoring 11 points and recording three assists against Louisiana Tech ... was 4-7 from the field in scoring 10 points against Southeastern Louisiana ... tallied 16 points against South Alabama ... dished off a season-high seven assists to go along with eight points against Loyola Marymount ... scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 38 minutes against Missouri ... netted 17 points on 6-10 shooting from the field against Lafayette ... played 27 minutes and finished with 10 points against Alabama ... had one of his most complete games of the season against South Carolina as he scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off five assists ... scored 11 points against Auburn ... played a career-high 44 minutes against Vanderbilt, scoring seven points in the overtime game ... scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the regular-season finale against LSU ... recorded eight points and six rebounds against Alabama in the opening round of the SEC Tournament ... registered 12 points and four assists versus Georgia in the SEC Tournament ... notched five points, four rebounds and three assists in the first round NCAA Tournament victory over Oregon ... shot 7-10 (.700) against Memphis, including 3-5 effort from three-point range as he finished with 19 points in a second-round loss.
FRESHMAN SEASON AT MISSISSIPPI STATE (2006-07): Averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds in his rookie season at Mississippi State ... was named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman Team ... played in all 35 contests and averaged 23.6 minutes per game and started nine games overall during the season ... became the third freshman in school history to dish off 100 or more assists (112) in a season ... ranked 14th in the SEC overall in assists and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.72) ... stood fourth in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.18) in conference games only ... connected on 47 shots from beyond the three-point arc to rank third on the school's freshman single-season chart, while his 41.2 percent three-point shooting accuracy stands eighth on Mississippi State's all-time single-season list ... paced all SEC freshmen in assists and three-point field goal percentage on the year, along with rating as the league's No. 8 freshman scorer ... reached double digits in scoring a dozen times, including five double-figure scoring outings over the year's final seven contests ... named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring a career-high 23 points as he was 6-7 from the field and 5-6 from three-point range in addition to dishing off eight assists and making three steals in 29 minutes of turnover-free action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... preceded that effort with 15 points and six rebounds versus Charlotte ... averaged 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds during the SEC Tournament, scoring a dozen points each against Kentucky and Arkansas ... tallied 15 points in NIT home win over Mississippi Valley State, and had a dozen points and season-high seven boards during home NIT triumph over Florida State ... totaled 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals in home victory against Alabama in regular-season finale ...matched his season high with eight assists and added eight points on the road against his home state Missouri Tigers. ... shot a team-best 78.4 percent from the charity stripe and ranked third on the team with 35 steals on the year.
HONORS AND AWARDS: Co-Team Irish Award (2010) ... BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (March 1, 2010) ... SEC All-Freshman Team member (2007) ... SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 2006).
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time, first-team all-state performer for Class 5A Poplar Bluff (Mo.) High School by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association as well as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association ...earned first-team all-region accolades and collected all-conference honors three consecutive seasons in helping lead the Mules to a four-year composite record of 91-21, including back-to-back state championships in 2003-04 and 2004-05 ... named Mr. Show-Me Basketball and was selected as the 2005-06 SEMO Conference Player of the Year (John Gibbs Award) after averaging 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a senior ... helped lead coach Travis Brown's Mules to a 21-6 overall record, including a third consecutive SEMO Conference crown and fifth straight district title ... totaled 1,577 points (second in school history; 14.1 ppg), 585 rebounds (5.2 rpg) and 493 assists (19th all-time in state history; 4.4 apg) during his four-year high school career, along with shooting 53 percent from the field overall (hitting 142 career treys) and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe ... had his No. 23 retired at the conclusion of his prep career ... shot 52.0 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the line as a senior in leading Poplar Bluff in virtually every statistical category ... collected first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference honors as a junior after averaging 17.1 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest in helping lead coach John David Pattillo's Poplar Bluff squad to a 27-4 overall record and a second straight Class 5A state championship... averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per outing as a sophomore starter and was a second team all-conference performer in helping pace the 25-6 Mules to their first of two consecutive state titles.
PERSONAL: Full name is Benjamin Lee Hansbrough ... third in his immediate family to participate in collegiate sport ... brother Tyler was a three-time All-American basketball standout at the University of North Carolina and current member of the Indiana Pacers ... father Gene was a high jumper for Missouri ... the youngest of three children -- has two older brothers Greg and Tyler ... son of Gene and Tami Hansbrough ... his mother Tami was Miss Missouri 1978 ... his uncle Corby Fister played in the Atlanta Braves organization and uncle Sean Fister won the world long drive championship in golf three times ... born 12-23-1987 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as an American Studies major in 2011.
Hansbrough in the BIG EAST Conference
Hansbrough in the SEC Conference