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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


 

 

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2:00 PM
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7:00 PM
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2:00 PM
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9:00 PM
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3:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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

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

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January 18
7:00 PM
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Tallahassee, Fla. (Tucker Center)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 18
12:00 PM
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Raleigh, N.C. (PNC Arena)

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

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

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March 4
2:00 PM
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March 7
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Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
March 16
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