2010-11 Notre Dame Men's Basketball
(#3 Seed) Louisville 83, (#2 Seed) Notre Dame 77 (OT)
BIG EAST Championship Semifinals
March 11, 2011
Madison Square Garden New York, N.Y.
Tonight was the 27th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Louisville. The Cardinals lead the series 17-10. This was the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Louisville in the BIG EAST Championship.
Four of the last five Notre Dame-Louisville contests have gone into overtime. The Irish are 1-3 in those games. Each of the last three showdowns between Notre Dame and Louisville has been decided in overtime. The Irish topped the Cardinals 89-79 in overtime earlier this season.
Notre Dame is 2-1 in overtime this season.
Tonight was Notre Dame's first-ever BIG EAST Championship game to go into overtime.
Notre Dame is 8-16 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play and 7-11 under head coach Mike Brey. The Irish are 0-4 in the semifinal round.
Tonight's loss snapped Notre Dame's five-game winning streak. The Fighting Irish are 12-2 in their last 14 games.
With his second point of the game, Ben Hansbrough became the 52nd player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points. Hansbrough has netted 1,011 points over the course of 67 games (15.1 ppg) during his two seasons with the Irish.
Scott Martin scored a career-high - and game-high - 21 points. His previous high was 17 during his freshman season at Purdue.
Tim Abromaitis (16 points) has scored in double-figures in 10 of the past 11 games and 27 times overall this season.
Ben Hansbrough (13 points) extended his career-high double-figure scoring streak to 15 games. That's the longest double-digit scoring streak for the Irish this season. Hansbrough has scored in double-digits a team-high 30 times this season (out of 32 games).
Ben Hansbrough dished out a team-high five assists. He has registered five or more assists in a game 14 times this season.
Carleton Scott (10 points) notched a double-digit point total for the 20th time this season (out of 28 games played).
Tyrone Nash (13 points) scored in double-figures for the 17th time this season.
Notre Dame had five players (Martin 21, Abromaitis 16, Nash 13, Hansbrough 13, Scott 10) reach double-figures in points. That marked the seventh time this season the Irish had at least five players score in double-figures in the same game.
Scott Martin's three-pointer just over a minute into the contest extended Notre Dame's streak to 406 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 46-32 at halftime. The Irish are 20-2 this season when leading at the intermission.
Notre Dame's 46 first-half points signified the 15th time this season the Irish have scored 40 or more points in the opening half of play. The 46 points also tied the program record for most points in the first half of a BIG EAST Tournament game. The Irish scored 46 against Georgetown in the semifinals of the 2007 tournament.
Notre Dame held Louisville to 38.4% (28-73) shooting from the floor. The Irish have held an opponent under 40% from the field 14 times this season.
Senior forward Tyrone Nash extended his consecutive games played streak to a team-best 82 contests. Nash, Tim Abromaitis (Sr./F) and Ben Hansbrough (Sr./G) have played in all 67 games over the past two seasons. Nash and Hansbrough both have started all 67 of those contests.