Feb. 6, 2011
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Today was the 29th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Irish lead the series 17-12. Notre Dame has won seven straight home contests versus Rutgers.
Notre Dame's 19-4 start this season matches the best 23-game record for the Irish under head coach Mike Brey. The Irish also opened the 2002-03 campaign 19-4.
Notre Dame's 8-3 BIG EAST record is its best 11-game start to league play since going 8-3 in 2007-08. The best 11-game BIG EAST start ever for the Irish was 9-2 in 2000-01.
Notre Dame has won its last five BIG EAST games. It's Notre Dame's first five-game regular-season BIG EAST win streak since capturing the final four regular-season games last season and winning this year's league opener. It's the first five-game conference win streak within the same season since the 2007-08 campaign.
The Irish had four players reach double-figures in points (Hansbrough - 25, Martin - 14, Scott - 12, Abromaitis - 10) for the second straight game. That marked the ninth time this season Notre Dame has had at least four players score in double-digits in the same contest.
Ben Hansbrough (25 points) has scored 20-plus points a team-best nine times this season, including in three of the past four contests. He has reached double-figures a team-high 21 times this season (out of 23 games).
Ben Hansbrough has led the Irish in scoring a team-best 13 times this season. He has led the team in scoring in the past six games and in eight of the past nine contests.
Senior forward Carleton Scott (12 points) scored in double-figures for the 13th time this season (out of 19 games played). He has reached double-digits in three of five games since returning from a hamstring injury.
Carleton Scott notched his team-high fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.
Notre Dame is 17-2 this season when Carleton Scott has played. He missed four games earlier in the season with a hamstring injury.
Senior guard Scott Martin (14 points) registered a double-digit point total for the fifth straight game and for the 14th time overall this season. Martin has scored in double-figures in 11 of the past 12 games.
Tim Abromaitis (10 points) netted double-digits for the 19th time this season.
Carleton Scott's three-pointer just over two minutes into the contest extended Notre Dame's streak to 397 straight games with a made three-pointer. The Fighting Irish have made at least one three pointer during every game of the Mike Brey era.
The Fighting Irish were 27-34 from the free throw line, while Rutgers was 8-12. The Irish are 17-0 this season when making more free throws than their opponent. This was the 11th time this season that Notre Dame has made more than 20 free throws.
Carleton Scott went 2-for-2 from the free throw line this afternoon. He is 13-for-13 from the charity stripe in BIG EAST play this season.
For the second straight game, Notre Dame committed only nine turnovers. The Irish have had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game eight times this season (four times in BIG EAST play).
Notre Dame held a 36-31 rebound advantage. Notre Dame is 16-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent.
Seniors Carleton Scott (F), Tyrone Nash (F), Tim Abromaitis (F), Ben Hansbrough (G), and Scott Martin (G) started tonight's contest. It marked the 17th time this season that quintet has started. Notre Dame is 15-2 this season when that group of seniors comprise the starting five.
Tyrone Nash, Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough have started all 23 games this season, while Scott Martin has 22 starts. Carleton Scott, who missed four games earlier this season with a hamstring injury, has started 18 contests.
Senior forward Tyrone Nash extended his consecutive games played streak to a team-best 73 contests. Nash, Tim Abromaitis (Sr./F) and Ben Hansbrough (Sr./G) all have played in the past 58 games. Nash and Hansbrough both have started all 58 of those contests.
Notre Dame is 14-0 at home this season. The Irish have won 16 straight games at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame led 37-33 at halftime. The Irish are 16-0 this season when leading at the intermission.
The Fighting Irish had 15 assists on their 22 made baskets.