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Notre Dame vs. Virginia - Postgame Notes

Feb. 22, 2014

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Notre Dame Men's Basketball Postgame Notes
Virginia 70, Notre Dame 49
February 22, 2014
John Paul Jones Arena • Charlottesville, Va.

• Today's matchup was the eighth meeting between the two teams and the second between the two schools this season ... Virginia leads the series 7-1 and have won seven straight in the series ...this was just Notre Dame's second appearance ever in Charlottesville ... the last time the Irish played at Virginia was on Jan. 18, 1992 (an 83-56 loss).

Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Tom Knight (Sr./F) and Garrick Sherman (Sr./C) started tonight's contest ... it was the first time this season as a starting lineup for the quintet ... this was the 10th different starting lineup that head coach Mike Brey has used ... Atkins, Connaughton and Sherman have started all 27 games this season ... it was the eighth start of the year for Vasturia and the sixth for Knight ... Knight had not been in the starting lineup since the North Dakota State game on Dec. 11 after starting the first four game of the season.

• Senior point guard Eric Atkins started the 101th game of his Notre Dame career ... he is just the ninth player in Fighting Irish history to record 100 starts ... Atkins has started 93 straight contests.

• Notre Dame's 14 losses matches the second-most for an Irish team under Mike Brey during his 14-year career ... the Irish also lost 14 games during the 2005-06 season.

• The 49 points were the fewest scored by Notre Dame this season and the 21-point deficit was the largest of the season.

• Notre Dame was held to under 50 points for the first time since a 63-47 loss to Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2013.

• Virginia outscored the Irish 40-19 in the second half ... Notre Dame led 41-38 with 13:54 remaining in the contest before the Cavaliers went on a 30-2 run ... the Irish scored just two points from the 9:51 to 2:32 mark in the contest.

• Virginia's 63.6% (28-44) shooting percentage was the highest ever by an opponent during the Mike Brey era ... the Cavaliers shot 76.2% (16-21) in the second half which marked the highest shooting percentage ever by an Irish opponent in any half under Brey.

• A three-pointer from Pat Connuaghton in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 505.

• Notre Dame only committed six turnovers (two in the second half) ... it marked the 14th time this season (eighth time in ACC play) that the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in a game ... Notre Dame has only turned the ball over 19 times in the last three games.

• The Fighting Irish had season-low totals for free throws made (2).

• The Fighting Irish are 1-7 this season when wearing blue uniforms.

Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F) • Was the only Irish player in double figures with 11 points. • Reached double-figures in points for the third straight game and the team-best 22nd time this season (45th time of his career) ... has netted double-figures in 12 of 15 ACC games.

 

 

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