Defending champs begin play Thursday at $1 million The Basketball Tournament (8 p.m. ET on ESPNU).
Notre Dame vs. Marquette, Saturday February 9th, at the Joyce Center.
Men's Basketball vs. Villanova
#22 Notre Dame vs. Seton Hall
Rider at #19 Notre Dame (12/28/06)
SENIOR SEASON (2008-09): One of four captains during his senior season ... played in 112 career outings and made 53 starts ... posted a career scoring average of 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds ... earned 33 starts in the 35 games he played ... averaged 4.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in final campaign ... netted double figures in five games ... grabbed fiveplus rebounds in 22 games ... led the Fighting Irish in rebounding twice ... received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for the second straight season ... also copped the Captains' Award ... scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off four assists in starting the season opener versus USC Upstate ... tallied four points and grabbed six rebounds against Loyola Marymount ... scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off three assists in win over Texas at the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... notched five points and five rebounds against North Carolina in the title game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... matched career-high by grabbing 12 rebounds against Furman, in addition to scoring eight points and dishing off five assists ... scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds and made a career-high five steals against South Dakota ... four points and four rebounds against Ohio State ... finished with 11 points against Boston University ... registered six points and seven rebounds against Delaware State ... scored a career-high 17 points in BIG EAST season opener against DePaul as he finished 8-11 from the field, in addition to grabbing six rebounds ... notched four points and four rebounds at St. John's ... five rebounds and two points in triumph of nationallyranked Georgetown ... netted five points and dished off six assists against Seton Hall ... scored six points and grabbed five rebounds versus Louisville ... grabbed five boards in back-to-back games against Syracuse and Connecticut ... came off the bench in the Marquette and Pittsburgh games ... finished with 12 points against Pittsburgh ... played a career-high 35 minutes and scored 11 points and grabbed five boards at Cincinnati ... had three points and five rebounds at UCLA ... collected nine rebounds and netted two points against Louisville ... grabbed five and six rebounds in games against USF and West Virginia, respectively ... four points and four rebounds at Providence ... did not play against Villanova due to a bruised sternum ... returned from the injury and notched four points and eight boards versus St. John's ... six points in a win over Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament ... grabbed five rebounds in a setback to West Virginia in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament ... scored seven points and collected five rebounds in a win over New Mexico in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament ... scored two points and grabbed six rebounds in a loss to Penn State in the semifinals of the NIT.
JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Played in all 33 games and made 16 starts ... averaged career best of 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds ... came off the bench in the first 15 games of the season ... started first game of the season against Villanova ... scored in double figures in six games ... matched career-high and season-highs with 14 points and nine rebounds, respectively, in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal loss to Marquette as he scored in double figures for the second straight game for the second time during the season ... scored six points and grabbed a season high 11 rebounds, in addition to dishing off five assists in first-round NCAA Tournament win against George Mason ... registered double figures in season finale at South Florida as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds ... netted double figures for the third time this season in win over DePaul with 10 points and five rebounds ... in second meeting against DePaul, dished off a seasonhigh seven assists and scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds and made two steals ... followed that performance with six points and six assists against St. John's ... scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in win over Marquette ... finished the Villanova game with two points, six rebounds and matched a season-high four assists while playing a season-high 28 minutes and had seven points and three rebounds in 27 minutes against Providence ... scored seven points against Seton Hall ... grabbed six rebounds and dished off three assists, in addition to scoring four points against Pittsburgh ... had one of his best all-around games of the season against Syracuse in win as he scored six points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off a season-high six assists and made a careerhigh three blocks ... scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and dished off assists against Louisville ... missed the North Florida game with sprained right ankle suffered in the previous outing against Brown ... finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in the season opener against Long Island ... scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds against Monmouth ... grabbed five rebounds and scored three points versus Baylor ... netted double figures for the first time this season against Georgia Tech as he scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in 27 minutes ... followed that up with a 10-point performance against Youngstown State which marked the first time in his career with back-to-back doublefigure outings ... also grabbed five rebounds in contest and dished off three assists ... finished with four points and four rebounds against Colgate ... did not score in the win over Kansas State, but did come up with a season-high nine rebounds ... had one of his best all-around efforts of the season against Northern Illinois as he scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, dished off four assists and matched his career-high with three steals in 16 minutes off the bench ... scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds against San Francisco ... netted four points, dished off four assists and grabbed five rebounds against brown ... scored five points in BIG EAST opener against West Virginia and had five rebounds in win over Connecticut ... in second meeting against Huskies, scored four points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off four assists ... scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds against Georgetown ... scored five points and grabbed six rebounds versus Rutgers ... grabbed five-plus rebounds in 21 games and dished off four-plus assists in nine games.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07): Played in all 32 games and was in the starting lineup on four occasions ... averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds ... scored in double figures in six outings ... played 31 minutes and finished with 10 points on 5-8 shooting and six rebounds versus Winthrop ... started in place of Colin Falls (out with an injury) against Elon for his first career start and finished with six points and three rebounds and also earned a start against Portland ... made third start of season and third of his career against Syracuse due to foot injury to Rob Kurz ... responded with fourth double-double of season as he scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed 10 boards, in addition to dishing off six assists while playing a career- high 34 minutes ... also was in the starting lineup in loss at South Florida and played 18 minutes ... came off the bench against Providence and matched his career-high in points (14) and minutes played (34) as he connected on 7-11 shots from the field ... also grabbed eight rebounds, dished off three assists and made two steals ... has scored in double figures in five games and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in four contests ... recorded first double-double of his career in season opener versus IPFW with career-highs of 11 points and 12 rebounds while playing 20 minutes ... nearly pulled off a triple-double in win over Seton Hall as he netted a career-high 12 points as he connected on 6-10 shots from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds (second 10-plus rebounding effort of his career) and dished off a career-high eight assists while playing 25 minutes ... finished with nine points, three rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots against South Florida ... scored six points in win over Louisville in BIG EAST opener ... scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in loss at Georgetown ... scored seven points off the bench in win at Cincinnati ... played a then career-high 32 minutes against St. John's and finished with six points and six rebounds ... in 21 minutes off the bench, scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds against Villanova ... played 25 minutes in win over Maryland off the bench and contributed eight points, nine rebounds and a career-high, four assists ... dished off five assists in win over DePaul ... scored two points and grabbed eight rebounds against Rutgers ... had four points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in win over Lafayette ... grabbed four rebounds against The Citadel ... started the second half against Lehigh and finished with 11 points (as he connected on 4-5 shots from the field ... also grabbed seven rebounds, dished off three assists and made two steals playing 22 minutes ... scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off three assists against Winston-Salem ... also scored six points and grabbed four rebounds against Portland, in addition to dishing off two assists and making two steals ... finished with six points and five rebounds against Army ... scored six points and dished off three assists versus Rider ... scored five points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off two assists and made two steals against Stony Brook.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06): Appeared in 12 games and in five BIG EAST contests and averaged 0.6 points and 0.2 rebounds ... scored his first collegiate points on two baskets in the win over Niagara ... also scored two points on two free throws against Fordham ... played in the season opener against Lafayette ... came off the bench and played a season-high 10 minutes against Florida International ... had assists in the Florida International and Fordham contests ... grabbed a rebound in the Hofstra, Florida International and Fordham games ... missed the Villanova, West Virginia game with back spasms and the Louisville game with a broken thumb ... scored two points in win over Rutgers.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Notre Dame Captains' Award (2009) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06) ... Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award (2009 and 2008) ... Notre Dame Best Defensive Player Award (2008) ... Most Improved Player Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: Second-team all-state pick as a senior, in addition to garnering first-team all-conference and all-city honors ... averaged 15.3 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game as a senior en route to leading St. John's to its fourth consecutive Toledo City League title ... a first-team Academic All-Ohio honoree in his final scholastic campaign ... also selected to the Toledo Blade all-star team as a senior ... notched 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field as a junior ... led his squad to a regional championship and the state title game 2003-04 despite missing 10 games with a knee injury ... recipient of second-team all-city and honorable mention all-district honors as a junior ... led St. John's Jesuit to the state semifinal game as a sophomore ... three-time conference defensive player of the year ... finished prep career with over 700 points and nearly 500 rebounds and 200 assists ... high school coach was Ed Heintschel ... also lettered twice in soccer helping his squad to a regional championship as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Paul Hillesland ... oldest of two children ... Christian Service Program and Peer Tutoring participant ... son of Diann Cairns ... father, the late Dan Hillesland, played basketball at Augustana ... born 11-13-86 in Toledo, Ohio ... member of Notre Dame's Academic Honors Program ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in May of 2009 with a degree in marketing.