March 3, 2014
This was the second meeting this season and the 22nd showdown all-time between Notre Dame and North Carolina ... North Carolina leads the series 18-4, which includes five straight wins ... the Tar Heels won at Notre Dame, 73-62, on Feb. 8 ... this was Notre Dame's first game at North Carolina since an 85-56 setback on Feb. 23, 1993 ... the Fighting Irish are 0-3 all-time at North Carolina ... Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is 0-3 all-time against the Tar Heels.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G), Pat Connaughton (Jr./G), Steve Vasturia (Fr./G), Austin Burgett (So./F) and Zach Auguste (So./F) started tonight's contest ... this was Notre Dame's 12th different starting lineup this season ... Atkins and Connaughton have started all 31 games this season ... it was the 12th start for Auguste, the 11th for Vasturia and the fifth for Burgett.
This was Notre Dame's seventh loss this season by five points or fewer (fourth in ACC play) ... Notre Dame's 12 ACC losses were by a combined 95 points (7.9 ppg.).
Notre Dame trailed 41-27 at halftime ... it was the largest halftime deficit of the season for the Fighting Irish ... the Irish are 3-13 this season when down at the intermission.
Notre Dame outscored North Carolina 34-22 in the second half.
The Fighting Irish are 1-8 this season when wearing blue uniforms.
Notre Dame finished the regular season 15-16 overall and 6-12 in ACC play ... it's the first time Notre Dame concluded a regular season with a sub-.500 record since the 1998-99 campaign when that Irish squad was 14-15.
A three-pointer from Austin Burgett in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 508.
Eric Atkins (Sr./G)
Scored a game-high 21 points ... it was the sixth time this season (fourth time in ACC play) that he netted 20 or more points in a game ... has scored 20-plus points 10 times during his career. Scored in double-figures for the 23rd time this season and the 14th time in ACC play ... has 72 career double-figure scoring efforts. Dished out a team-high six assists.
Pat Connaughton (Jr./G-F)
Notched his fifth double-double of the season (second in ACC play) with 17 points and a season-high (and game-high) 13 rebounds ... has seven career double-doubles. Scored in double-figures for a team-best 24th time this season and for the 14th time in an ACC game ... has reached double-figures 47 times in his career. Hauled down 10-plus rebounds for the team-best seventh time this season (fourth time in ACC play) ... has reached the 10-rebound mark 10 times in his career. Scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.
Steve Vasturia (Fr./G)
Scored in double-figures (11 points) for the second straight game and the fourth time this season (all in ACC play) ... it's the first time he's netted double-figures in consecutive games.