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March 9, 2012

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Notre Dame Postgame Notes

  • Tonight was the 10th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and USF and the first-ever in the BIG EAST Championship. The Fighting Irish lead the series 9-1, which includes seven straight victories against the Bulls. Every meeting between the two schools has occurred since USF joined the BIG EAST in 2005.
  • This is Notre Dame's 17th appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. The Irish are 9-16 all-time in the tournament, including an 8-11 mark under head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame will be making its third straight trip to the league semifinals and its fifth semifinal appearance overall (all under Brey).
  • The Fighting Irish are 5-5 in the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame is 8-9 all-time in its first game of BIG EAST Championship play.
  • Notre Dame has won at least one BIG EAST Championship game in each of the last four seasons. That is a program-best streak.
  • The Irish are 1-1 in overtime games in the BIG EAST Championship. Their only other overtime game in the tournament was an 83-77 setback to Louisville in last season's semifinals.
  • Notre Dame is 3-0 in overtime games this season and 6-1 in its last seven overtime contests. The Irish are 10-8 in overtime during the Mike Brey era.
  • Scott Martin (10 pts., 12 rebs.) became the first Notre Dame player to record a double-double in BIG EAST Championship play since Luke Harangody (20 pts., 10 rebs.) in a second-round win over Seton Hall during the 2010 tournament.
  • Eric Atkins (So./G), Pat Connaughton (Fr./G), Jack Cooley (Jr./F), Jerian Grant (So./G) and Scott Martin (Sr./G) started tonight's contest. It was the 13th straight game - and 13th time overall this season - that quintet has started. The Irish are 11-2 with that starting lineup. Grant and Martin both have a team-high 31 starts this season.
  • After falling behind 20-8 at the 12:42 mark of the first half, Notre Dame went on an 18-0 run to grab a 26-20 lead with 3:55 left in the opening half.
  • Notre Dame led 28-26 at halftime. The Irish are 16-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
  • Tonight was the 15th time this season Notre Dame held an opponent under 60 points.
  • Notre Dame only committed nine personal fouls. That is the fewest in program history in a BIG EAST Championship game. The previous low was 12 on four occasions.
  • The Irish only committed eight turnovers. That marked the 15th time this season that Notre Dame committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a game.
  • Notre Dame had an assist on 15 of its 18 made field goals.
  • Notre Dame is 16-1 at home, 5-5 in true road games and 1-4 in neutral site contests this season.
  • A Scott Martin three-pointer in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 440.

Pat Connaughton (Fr./G-F)

  • Scored in double-figures (12 points) for the eighth time this season

Jerian Grant (So./G)

  • Scored in double-figures (12 points) for a team-best 25th time this season

Scott Martin (Sr./G)

  • Notched his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds
  • Scored in double-figures for the 17th time this season
  • Has scored in double-figures in all three career BIG EAST Championship games
  • Martin had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

 

 

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November 1
7:00 PM
Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 7
7:00 PM
Catholic
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 12
12:00 PM
Bryant University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 16
7:00 PM
Seattle University
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 18
TBA
Loyola Maryland
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 21
TBA
Colorado
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2
November 22
TBA
Texas or Northwestern
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)

ESPN 2/ESPNU
November 26
2:00 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 29
9:00 PM
Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN 2
December 4
TBA
North Carolina A&T
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 6
9:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
December 10
12:00 PM
Villanova
Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)

CBS
December 17
2:00 PM
Purdue
Indianapolis, Ind. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

ESPN 2
December 19
7:00 PM
Colgate
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 28
7:00 PM
Saint Peters
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 31
TBA
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Petersen Events Center)

ACC Network
January 4
9:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 7
3:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 12
7:00 PM
Miami
Miami, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 14
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)

ACC Network
January 18
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

RSN
January 21
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
January 24
8:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
January 28
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavillion)

ESPNU
January 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN
February 4
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Smith Center)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 7
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNEWS
February 11
2:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 14
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)

ESPNU
February 18
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

ESPN/ESPN 2
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network
March 4
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)

CBS

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