Courtesy of the Associated Press
By John Heisler
Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with #19/21 Duke will be on ESPN at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Pflueger Tip Gives Notre Dame 76-75 Win Over Stephen F. Austin
CBS Highlights: Notre Dame Rallies to Beat Michigan 70-63 in NCAA Opener
It didn't matter that Steve Vasturia was directly behind him, Matt Farrell found the shooter anyway with a nice between the legs pass for the three-pointer.
North Carolina 88, Notre Dame 74
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Notre Dame prepares for its regional semifinal against Wisconsin at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
No. 6 Irish vs. No. 14 SFA NCAA Tournament Second Round March 20, 2016
The sixth-seeded Fighting Irish defeated the Michigan Wolverines.
JUNIOR SEASON (2015-16): Seasoned veteran in the Irish starting lineup ... one of the nation's most talented outside shooters and complete players at both ends of the floor ... has been a top shooting threat for Notre Dame the past two seasons ... will look to assume more of a leadership role this season ... known for his ability to make shots from anywhere on the floor and along the perimeter ... one of the team's most aggressive defenders ... given the responsibility of guarding the opponent's best player in most games ... shows a steadiness and poise on the court ... showed last season that he can hit big shots in key situations ... has a great understanding of the game and a player with an extremely high basketball IQ ... one of the most underrated players at the collegiate level ... poised to become one of Notre Dame's leading scorers.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15): Enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign with the Irish ... one of four players to play and start all 38 contests ... has been in a starting role for 50 consecutive games dating back to his freshman season ... among five starters a year ago who averaged double figures during the 2014-15 campaign ... fifth-leading scorer as he netted 10.1 ppg. (383 points) ... also averaged 3.0 rpg. (114 rebounds) in 32.5 minutes per game ... ranked third on the team in assists (65) and steals (42) ... shot 49.1 percent from the field (133-271) and 41.1 percent (60-46) from three-point range ... third-leading scorer for the Irish during their seven postseason games as he averaged 13.3 ppg. ... produced third-best scoring average (13.5 ppg.) for Notre Dame during its four NCAA Championship contests, netting double figures in three of four games ... shot 52.5 percent (31-59) from the field during the seven-game postseason run ... averaged 9.6 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. during conference play ... reached double figures in 21 contests ... played 30-plus minutes span in 27 outings ... registered the first 20-point performance of his career when he led the Irish with 20 points in win over Butler in third round of the NCAA Championship that sent Notre Dame into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003 ... against the Bulldogs, connected on 6-11 shots from the field and grabbed six rebounds while playing a career-high 43 minutes in the overtime victory ... tallied double figures in the Midwest Regional semifinal to conclude the season with three consecutive double-figure scoring efforts ... scored 15 points and grabbed three rebounds in win over Wichita State in 37 minutes ... played 38 minutes in loss to Kentucky and scored 16 points as he connected on 6-8 shots from the field and was 2-3 from three-point range ... grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in win over Massachusetts in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament ... netted double figures for the first time during the season when he scored 11 points against Providence ... produced three consecutive double-figure scoring outings when he netted 12 points versus Michigan State, 10 points and a then-personal best 19 points versus Mount St. Mary's ... in the game against Mount St. Mary's finished 7-7 from the field and 3-3 from three-point range ... scored 11 points in win over Purdue ... in overtime win against Georgia Tech at home, scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds ... also finished with 11 points in win against the Yellow Jackets on the road ... hit 5-8 shots and finished with 11 points versus Miami ... put together second three-game double-figure scoring streak, netting 12 points in loss at Pittsburgh, 17 points in home win against Boston College (connecting on 7-9 shots from the field) and scoring 15 points in loss at Duke ... registered his third of four three-game double-figure scoring streaks when he tallied 10 points in win at Louisville, 12 points against Clemson and 16 in win over Miami in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship ... named to the ACC All-Tournament First Team after averaging 13.0 ppg. and shooting 52.0 percent (13-25) from the field ... scored 14 points in the ACC Championship victory over North Carolina.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Enjoyed a stellar rookie season with the Irish ... played in 27 contests and made 12 starts during the season ... netted double figures in four contests ... scored 135 points and averaged 5.0 ppg., while averaging 23.1 minutes per game ... ranked fifth on the team in minutes played ... also finished with 69 rebounds (2.6 rpg.), 32 assists, 17 steals, and three blocked shots ... concluded the season shooting 41-117 (.350) from the field, 27-82 (.329) from three-point range, and 26-38 (.684) from the charity line... earned first career start against Maryland in mid-January ... started final seven games of the season ... made his Irish debut in season opener against Miami (Ohio) ... scored the first two points of his collegiate career against Indiana State ... netted five points in Notre Dame's overtime win over Canisius ... came off the bench to score nine points and grab four rebounds in 79-77 Irish victory over Duke in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener ... earned ACC rookie-of-the-week honors for his performance against the then- No. 7 Blue Devils as he connected on three three-pointers (on five attempts) in the game ... finished with five points in back-to-back losses to North Carolina State and Georgia Tech ... netted six points and grabbed four rebounds in 70-63 win over Virginia Tech ... connected on 3-5 shots from the field and scored seven points in home loss to Virginia, a game in which he started ... also was in the starting lineup in overtime win versus Boston College and played 35 minutes, while scoring three points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing off two assists ... netted double figures for the first time in his career in 61-55 loss at No. 1-ranked Syracuse ... started the game against the Orange and played 37 minutes ... connected on 5-9 shots from the field and finished 2-3 from three-point range ... scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in loss at home to North Carolina ... netted double figures for the second time in his career in 68-64 double-overtime win over Clemson as he scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds ... ... played a career-high 41 minutes against the Tigers ... scored seven points in win at Boston College and five points in loss at Miami ... posted career-best of 15 points and six rebounds in home loss to Pittsburgh ... followed that game with an 11-point performance in 63-61 loss at North Carolina ... ended the season by scoring five points against Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament. AWARDS AND HONORS: ACC All-Tournament First Team (2015) ... Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year ... Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year (2014) ... ACC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 6, 2014).
HIGH SCHOOL: Enjoyed stellar prep career at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia ... averaged 20.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his senior season while leading his prep squad to a 24-6 mark ... concluded his career as school's all-time career scoring leader with 1,766 career points ... had his No. 32 jersey retired at school's Kelly Fieldhouse following his senior season ... only the third athlete in school history (first basketball player) to have his number retired ... two-time honoree as Catholic League's Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior... named Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 ... for his career, shot sterling 89.1 percent from the charity stripe (378-424) ... led Hawks to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state semifinals in 2013 ... helped St. Joseph's average 19 wins in each of his four seasons ... first St. Josephs Prep player to be named Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year ... named to the 2013 Parade All-America Team ... three-time all-Catholic League first-team selection and MVP in his final two seasons ... first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Markward Basketball Club player in the city of Philadelphia ... as a junior, averaged 21.0 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading his team to the Philadelphia 4A state championship ... squad finished with 21-6 overall record and 13-3 mark in league play... scored 35 points in the title game, tying the championship game record for points that was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1955 ... as a sophomore, averaged 17.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore ... played for the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU Team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Stephen Paul Vasturia ... born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ... son of John and Kathleen Vasturia ... father John played baseball and football at Pennsylvania and mother Kathleen played basketball at Dickinson College ... has an older brother Patrick and younger brother Michael ... participant in Rosenthal Leadership Academy ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.