Defending champs begin play Thursday at $1 million The Basketball Tournament (8 p.m. ET on ESPNU).
The Notre Dame Men Have an Off-Day in Cleveland
Jerian Grant made the clinching layup with 18 seconds left in overtime for the win
Irish and Bulldogs set for first meeting since 2006 on Saturday evening at 9:40 p.m. on TBS.
Notre Dame prepares to take on Old Dominion.
Irish knock off the Panthers 50-45
The Notre Dame men's basketball team beat Connecticut, 58-50, on Senior Night at the Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday.
Tory Jackson finished with 22 points on Senior Night.
At the Purcell Pavilion on February 24th, the Men's Basketball team defeated Pittsburgh with a score of 68-53.
Played in all 136 games during his stellar four-year career at Notre Dame ... ranks first in Fighting Irish history in games played ... his 122 starts place him third in Notre Dame history in that category ... averaged 9.1 points per game and 5.1 assists per game during his career ... boasted a 3.9 rebounds per game average ... his 694 career assists rank second in Irish history, while his assist average ranks fourth in program history ... second in school history with 211 steals ... 1,231 career points ... only second player (Chris Thomas the other) in Irish history to score over 1,000 points and dish off more than 600 assists ... his 392 assists in BIG EAST play rank fifth in league history ... led the BIG EAST in assists in three of his four seasons ... Sherman Douglas of Syracuse is the only other BIG EAST player to have accomplished that feat ... reached double figures in points 55 times during his career, including five games with 20-plus points ... had seven games with 10-plus assists and notched three career double-doubles.
SENIOR SEASON (2009-10): Elected tri-captain along with teammates Luke Harangody and Jonathan Peoples ... has played in all 101 contests during his career ... 87 career starts ... has averaged 8.9 points per game and 5.0 assists per game during his career ... boasts a 4.3 rebounds per game average ... experienced backcourt player ranks as one of the most unique point guards in the country in terms of his all-around skills and ability to score, rebound and distribute the ball ... has the unique skill of being a gamechanging player at both ends of the floor because of his quick hands ... possesses exceptional speed to get up and down the floor ... catalyst to Notre Dame's transition game because of his ability to push the ball up the court ... has exceptional court awareness with strong ball-handling skills ... fierce defensive player who puts a lot of pressure on the ball ... continues to develop his outside shot ... his athletic skills make him a threat to drive to the basket ... versatile all-around game at both ends of the floor ... great energy player with a great deal of savvy and confidence ... extremely competitive with a winner's mentality.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09): A starter in 34 of 36 games on the season ... averaged a career-best 10.6 points per game ... reached double figures 20 times ... led the team in scoring on four occasions ... notched a career-high and team-best 177 assists (4.92 per game) ... dished off six-plus assists in 14 contests ... hauled in 4.4 rebounds per game ... copped the team's Outstanding Playmaker Award for the second straight season ... scored six points and dished out eight assists in season-opening win over USC Upstate ... finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals at Loyola Marymount ... matched his career-high with 21 points versus Indiana in first game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... also had six assists and five rebounds against the Hoosiers ... had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds in win over Texas in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational ... 10 points and four rebounds versus North Carolina ... notched 17 points by going 8-12 from the field to go along with eight assists and six rebounds against Furman ... dished out 10 assists against South Dakota ... scored 13 points and notched five assists versus Ohio State ... six points, six assists and four rebounds against Delaware State ... 10 points and four assists against Savannah State ... scored 12 points, handed out seven assists and hauled in six rebounds against DePaul in the BIG EAST opener ... tallied 14 points at St. John's ... registered 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds in triumph of nationally-ranked Georgetown ... notched another all-around effort with 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against Seton Hall ... played a career-high 43 minutes, scoring nine points to go along with six assists and six rebounds at Louisville ... scored nine points and grabbed seven boards against Connecticut ... recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists versus Marquette ... scored 11 points and dished off six assists at Cincinnati ... scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds at UCLA ... finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in win over Louisville ... scored 18 points against Rutgers ... tallied 17 points and five assists at Connecticut ... notched 12 points and hauled in six rebounds in win over Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament ... hit the game-winning layup in the final seconds against New Mexico in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament ... registered 16 points and six rebounds versus the Lobos ... scored 10 points and dished out five assists in triumph of Kentucky in quarterfinals of the NIT.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08): Started all 33 contests and has been in the Irish starting lineup in 53 consecutive games ... averaged 8.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals led the BIG EAST in assists for the second straight year in overall games (5.85) and conference contests (5.94) ... notched second straight double-double and third of his career against Pittsburgh as he finished with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds ... also dished off five assists and made three steals while not committing a turnover in 37 minutes ... registered second double-double of his career when he tallied a season-high 17 points, dished off 10 assists and grabbed eight rebounds ... recorded double figures for a season-high fifth straight game in win over Syracuse as he finished with 10 points ... posted first doubledouble of his career when he scored a season-high 15 points and dished off 10 assists in win over San Francisco ... also finished with six rebounds and three steals in the contest ... tallied 10 points and dished off nine assists in BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal loss to Marquette ... scored 14 points, dished off seven assists and grabbed three rebounds in playing a personal best 41 minutes in overtime win against Providence ... had one of his most complete games of the season against DePaul as he finished with eight points, six assists, four rebounds and equaled season-high with four steals ... in second meeting against DePaul netted nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off five assists ... scored four points, grabbed five rebounds in dished off eight assists against St. John's ... scored nine points, grabbed seven boards, dished off eight assists and made three steals against Seton Hall ... followed that up with a 14 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals against Marquette ... in second meeting against Connecticut, scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished off four assists and made two steals ... matched his career-best with 11 assists against Connecticut and finished with six points, seven rebounds and four steals while playing 38 minutes ... suffered a cornea abrasion in his right eye just before halftime and played entire second half of the game against the Huskies with an eye that was swollen shut ... after missing previous five attempts in the North Florida and West Virginia games, he hit two key free throws with 1:52 to play that lifted that gave the Irish a six-point lead ... dished off seven assists in 38 minutes and committed just two turnovers against Villanova ... handed out nine assists in following game versus Brown as he also grabbed six rebounds ... followed that game up with a 10-asssist outing against North Florida in addition to grabbing eight boards ... netted double figures for the fourth time when he finished with 12 points against West Virginia ... registered first double-figure scoring outing of the season against Georgia Tech as he netted 10 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off three assists and made two steals against Georgia Tech in 37 minutes ... scored a season-high 12 points against Kansas State and dished off five assists ... netted four points, grabbed six rebounds, dished off eight assists and made two steals in 28 minutes ... scored three points, grabbed six rebounds, dished off four assists and made three steals in 33 minutes versus Monmouth ... netted six points, dished off three assists and made three steals against Baylor ... scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off six assists versus Youngstown State ... in 28 minutes against Colgate, scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, made three steals, dished off seven assists and committed just one turnover ... suffered a sprained elbow in first half of the Northern Illinois and did not return to play in the second half and finished the game with four points and four assists ... finished with six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in first meeting against Marquette ... dished off eight assists against Cincinnati ... grabbed seven rebounds versus Georgetown ... averaged 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in Notre Dame's two NCAA tournament games ... scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds against George Mason and finished with seven points and four boards vs. Washington State ... dished off six or more assists in 16 contests and 10-plus assists in four games ... grabbed six-plus rebounds 15 games ... netted double figures in 11 contests ... played 30-plus minutes in all but seven contests.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07): An all-BIG EAST Rookie Team selection after enjoying a sensational rookie outing in which he averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals ... was the BIG EAST assist leader in conference games at 6.0 per game ... played in all 32 contests and started the final 20 games of the season ... netted double figures in 10 outings ... scored in double figures six of the last nine games ... finished with a career-high 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off seven assists while playing all 40 minutes in win over Marquette ... topped the 20-plus point mark for the second time in his career against Georgetown in BIG EAST Championship semifinal outing as he scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off five assists ... scored seven straight points in a span of 1:14 to tie the contest with 3:46 to play ... scored a then career-high 19 points on his 19th birthday in win at Syracuse, in addition to dishing off seven assists, grabbing three rebounds and making three steals ... scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds versus Winthrop ... produced a string of five consecutive games in double figures -- DePaul (12), Providence (10), Cincinnati (10), DePaul (13) and Marquette (21) ... had five-game double-figure scoring streak snapped against Rutgers when he scored six points, but finished with six rebounds and nine assists and just three turnovers in 37 minutes of action ... registered nine assists in next outing when he also scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and made four steals in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal win over Syracuse ... was 6-9 from the field in win over DePaul as he finished with 13 points ... also finished with a career-high nine rebounds and dished off six assists ... dished off a career-high 11 assists in loss at South Florida ... also scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and made two steals ... scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished off three assists and turned the ball over just once while playing 39 minutes in loss at DePaul ... followed that up with 10-point efforts against Providence and Cincinnati which marked the first time in his career that he scored double figures in three consecutive outings ... dished off four assists and made four steals and against the Friars and had six assists versus the Bearcats ... earned first career start against Stony Brook and finished with three points and two assists ... tallied a then career-high 14 points (second 10-plus point outing of his career), dished off four assists and made three steals in 35 minutes in BIG EAST opener against Louisville ... netted double figures for the third time in his career against South Florida as he finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists ... played 34 minutes in loss to Georgetown and finished with five points, four rebounds and three assists ... dished off six assists and made three steals in win over West Virginia ... netted four points, dished off five assists and grabbed four rebounds in 36 minutes against Seton Hall ... scored nine points, dished off a careerbest eight assists and made three steals in loss to Villanova ... played a career-high 38 minutes against St. John's and finished with six points, eight assists (matching a careerhigh) and making four steals ... played 36 minutes and turned the ball over once in win over Villanova as he finished with four points, three rebounds and four assists ... scored six points in 13 minutes off the bench in season opener against IPFW ... finished with a then career-high 10 points in 16 minutes against Lafayette ... dished off a career-high four assists and did not commit a turnover playing 14 minutes against Lehigh ... played 16 minutes in win over Winston-Salem and had five points, three steals and a personalbest five steals ... spark off the bench win over Maryland, netting five points and making five steals ... finished with three points, three assists and two steals against Alabama ... scored eight points and grabbed a career-high five rebounds against Elon ... also finished with eight points and four rebounds against Portland ... dished off a careerhigh five assists against Army and grabbed four rebounds ... finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists against Rider ... played 30-plus minutes in 13 games.
AWARDS AND HONORS: BIG EAST All Rookie Team (2007) ... CBS Player of the Game vs. UCLA (Feb. 7, 2009) and Connecticut (Feb. 28, 2009) ... BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (week of Feb. 18, 2008) ... BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (week of Feb. 26, 2007) ... Notre Dame Outstanding Playmaker Award (2009 and 2008) ... Outstanding Freshman Award (2007) ... Best Defensive Player Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years and earned four letters under head coach Chris Chaffer ... two-time Michigan Class C Player of the Year by the Associated Press in 2005 and `06 and a unanimous first-team Class C all-state selection ... a four-time all-state honoree ... finished his career with 2,518 points to rank third-all-time in the state of Michigan ... averaged 30.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 7.0 steals in final prep season ... led Buena Vista to Class C state championship in `06 for second time in three years as his team finished with 19-7 mark ... scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished off four assists and collected three steals in title game ... also led squad to state crown in 2004 and final 21-5 record ... led Buena Vista to two regional crowns in `06 and `04 ... threetime member of Detroit Area Dream Team ... four-time all-city selection ... earned MVP honors at Michigan All-Star game ... as a junior averaged 30.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals in leading Buena Vista to No. 3 ranking in final regular-season state poll and a 17-6 record ... in his sophomore season he averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 5.0 steals and finished with 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a freshman ... played for 10 years as a member the Michigan Hurricanes AAU team ... named to Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions all-tournament team in `04 and `05 ... MVP of the `05 All-Ohio Nike Cup ... member of the Blue team at the `05 Youth Development Festival that garnered silver medal with a 3-1 record at the International Sports Festival in San Diego, Calif. ... during the four games averaged 8.5 points and ranked second in steals (3.5) and was tied for seventh in assists (3.5) ... also played for two years as member of high school football team and was an all-state selection in sophomore and junior seasons.
PERSONAL: Full name is Tory J. Jackson ... second youngest of 14 children ... has nine older brothers-- Jon, Vincent, Shawn, Anthony, Michael, Ivan, Bryan, Randy and Cory -- and a younger brother Devante ... has three older sisters -- Paulette, Lynnette and Kimberly ... brother Shawn played basketball at Western Michigan and sister Lynette played at Central State University ... member of school's National Honor Society ... plays the cymbols and drums ... represents men's basketball team on Notre Dame's Student- Athlete Advisory Council ... son of James and Sarah Jackson ... born 1-30-88 in Saginaw, Mich. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and majoring in sociology and computer applications.
Jackson in the BIG EAST Conference