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March 10, 2012

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2012 BIG EAST Championship Semifinal
Louisville (#7 Seed) 64
Notre Dame (#3 Seed) 50

March 9, 2012 Madison Square Garden o New York, N.Y.

Notre Dame Postgame Notes

  • Tonight's loss moved Notre Dame's record to 22-11 this season.

  • This is the second straight season that Notre Dame and Louisville met in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. The Cardinals topped the Irish 83-77 in overtime in last season's tournament. These have been the only two times Notre Dame and Louisville have squared off in the conference tournament.

  • Tonight was the 29th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Louisville. The Cardinals lead the series 18-11. Notre Dame is 4-6 against Louisville since the Cardinals joined the BIG EAST in 2005.

  • This is Notre Dame's 17th appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. The Irish are 9-17 all-time in the tournament, including an 8-12 mark under head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame is 0-5 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals.

  • Notre Dame's 50 points matched its fewest ever in a BIG EAST Championship game. The Irish also had 50 in a 50-45 win over Pittsburgh in the 2010 quarterfinals.

  • The Irish matched a season-low total with two made three-point field goals. Notre Dame also had just two at Gonzaga (Nov. 30). The two treys were the fewest ever for the Irish in a BIG EAST Championship game. The previous low was three on two occasions.

  • The Cardinals shot 56.0% (28-50) from the field for the game. That is the highest percentage for an Irish opponent in a BIG EAST Championship contest. The previous mark was 52.5% by Georgetown in the 2007 semifinals.

  • Notre Dame trailed 35-19 at halftime. The Irish are 5-10 this season when down at the intermission.

  • Louisville ended the first half on a 26-4 run (Notre Dame led 15-9 when the run began).

  • The Irish shot 25.0% (7-28) from the field in the first half. That is Notre Dame's lowest shooting percentage ever in any half of a BIG EAST Championship game. The previous low was 25.8% in the opening half of a first-round game against Providence in 1998.

  • Louisville shot 57.7% (15-26) from the floor in the first half. That is the highest percentage for a Notre Dame opponent in an opening half of a BIG EAST Championship contest. The previous high was 55.7% by Miami in the 2000 quarterfinals.

  • Notre Dame had nine steals. That is the second-highest total for the Irish this season and the most they've produced against a BIG EAST team this season.

  • Notre Dame held a 33-28 rebound advantage. That is the first time this season the Irish have lost when outrebounding their opponent. Notre Dame now is 14-1 when outrebounding its opponent this season.

  • 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 14th straight game - and 14th time overall this season - that quintet has started. The Irish are 11-3 with that starting lineup. Grant and Martin both have a team-high 32 starts this season.

  • Notre Dame is 16-1 at home, 5-5 in true road games and 1-5 in neutral site contests this season.

  • A Jerian Grant three-pointer in the first half upped Notre Dame's streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer to 441.

    Eric Atkins (So./G)

  • Had a team-high 12 points ... it was his 21st double-digit scoring effort of the season

    Jack Cooley (Jr./F)
  • Produced his team-best 13th double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds ... has notched a double-double in seven of the last 10 games
  • Has scored in double-figures 18 times this season
  • Reached double-figures in rebounds for the 15th time this season


 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

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
Fort Wayne
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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