March 10, 2011
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2010-11 Notre Dame Men's Basketball
(No. 2 Seed) Notre Dame 89 vs. (No. 7 Seed) Cincinnati 51
BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals
March 10, 2011
Madison Square Garden New York, N.Y.
- Notre Dame's 38-point win was the second-largest margin of victory in the history of the BIG EAST Championship. It was second only to a 96-55 (41 pts.) Syracuse win over Boston College on March 3, 1999.
- Tonight was the 11th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Cincinnati. The Irish lead the series 8-3. This was the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Championship.
- The win improved Notre Dame to 8-15 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play and 7-10 under head coach Mike Brey. The Irish are 4-5 in the quarterfinal round.
- Notre Dame will be making its second straight appearance - and fourth overall - in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals. The Irish are 0-3 in the semifinal round.
- This season's 26 wins are the most during the Mike Brey era at Notre Dame (11 seasons). The previous high was 25 in 2007-08. The 26 victories matches the most in the modern era of Notre Dame basketball. The Irish were 26-3 in 1973-74.
- The Fighting Irish are 12-1 in their last 13 games.
- Notre Dame committed a season-low five turnovers. The previous low was seven on two occasions. It was the first time Notre Dame had five turnovers or less in a game since the Irish had two against DePaul on Jan. 23, 2010. The Irish did not commit a turnover in the second half of tonight's contest. The five total turnovers were the fewest ever for the Irish in a BIG EAST Tournament game.
- The Fighting Irish shot 56.1% from the field (32-57). That is the highest percentage for the Irish in a BIG EAST Tournament game. It also marked the 12th time this season - and the fourth time in the last five games - the Irish have shot 50% or above from the floor. The 56.1% matched a season-best total for the Irish against a BIG EAST opponent. Notre Dame also went 32-57 from the field against Providence (Feb. 23).
- Notre Dame's 32 made field goals were a program record for a BIG EAST Tournament game. The previous high was 29 on four occasions.
- Notre Dame's 89 points matched its largest output in a BIG EAST Tournament game. The Irish also scored 89 in an 89-83 win over Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the 2007 tournament.
- Notre Dame has scored 80 or more points in a game 14 times this season.
- Tim Abromaitis (17 points) has scored in double-figures in nine of the past 10 games and 26 times overall this season.
- Ben Hansbrough (23 points) scored 20-plus points for the fifth straight game. That's the most consecutive games with 20 or more points in his career. Hansbrough has a team-high 15 20-plus point games this season. Hansbrough has a career-high 14-game double-figure scoring streak. That's the longest double-digit scoring streak for the Irish this season. Hansbrough has scored in double-digits a team-high 29 times this season (out of 31 games).
- Notre Dame's 22 assists signified the 10th time this season the Irish have dished off 20 or more assists in a game.
- Carleton Scott (18 points) notched a double-digit point total for the 19th time this season (out of 27 games played).
- Scott Martin (11 points) reached double-figures for the 17th time this season.
- Today marked the 14th time this season that Notre Dame has had at least four players score in double-figures in the same game.
- Notre Dame held a 38-33 advantage in rebounds. The Irish are 22-1 this season when they out-rebound their opponent.
- Notre Dame is 24-3 this season when Carleton Scott has played and the Irish are 12-1 since he's returned from a hamstring injury. Notre Dame went 2-2 when Scott was out with the injury.
- Scott Martin's three-pointer just over a minute into the contest extended Notre Dame's streak to 405 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.
- Notre Dame led 40-30 at halftime. The Irish are 20-1 this season when leading at the intermission.
- Seniors Carleton Scott (F), Tyrone Nash (F), Tim Abromaitis (F), Ben Hansbrough (G), and Scott Martin (G) started today's contest. It marked the 25th time this season that quintet has started. Notre Dame is 22-3 this season when that group of seniors comprise the starting five.
- Tyrone Nash, Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough have started all 31 games this season, while Scott Martin has 30 starts. Carleton Scott, who missed four games earlier this season with a hamstring injury, has started 26 contests.
- Senior forward Tyrone Nash extended his consecutive games played streak to a team-best 81 contests. Nash, Tim Abromaitis (Sr./F) and Ben Hansbrough (Sr./G) have played in all 66 games over the past two seasons. Nash and Hansbrough both have started all 66 of those contests.