Jan. 23, 2001
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11/8 SYRACUSE Orangemen (15-2, 4-1) at
NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish (11-5, 3-2)
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Place: Joyce Center (11,418)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
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Television: ESPN Regional -- John Sandersi (play-by-play) and Ron Perryl (color). WNDU in South Bend and WNYS in Syracuse, N.Y.
IRISH ITEMS FOR THE SYRACUSE GAME:
Notre Dame looks to remain undefeated in BIG EAST play at home this evening as the Irish (11-5, 3-2) play host to Syracuse (15-2, 4-1) in the second regular-season between the two teams. Coach Mike Brey's squad will be looking to make a three-game sweep in the final game of a three-game homestand. All three of Notre Dame's league wins have come at the Joyce Center. Heading into this evening's contest, the Irish have won six straight at home and have not lost at the Joyce Center since dropping a 73-64 decision to Miami of Ohio on Dec. 9.
Notre Dame and Syracuse meet for the second time in 21 days. On Jan. 2, the Irish lost for the fifth straight time to the Orangemen in dropping a 79-70 decision at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
Notre Dame is coming off an impressive 78-61 victory over West Virginia at home as four Irish players scored in double figures. Syracuse lost for just the second time this season and first time in BIG EAST play as the Orangemen suffered a 77-65 loss at Seton Hall.
Syracuse has won five straight straight over the Irish with the all-time series tied at 13-13. Notre Dame's last win against the Orangemen was an 83-63 victory at the Joyce Center on Jan. 21, 1998.
Following tonight's matchup, Notre Dame is on the road for four of its next five games beginning with a noon matchup at Georgetown on Jan. 27.
Notre Dame is unranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, while the Orangemen are 11th and eighth in the respective rankings. The Irish were ranked in the first 10 polls of the season after starting the preseason ranked for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign. Notre Dame started the preseason tied for 15th in the preseason AP Poll and were 17th in the ESPN/USA Today ranking. Notre Dame climbed as high as 10th in both polls on Dec. 4, but dropped from the top 10 after suffering back-to-back setbacks to Indiana and Miami (Ohio).
RECAP OF WEST VIRGINIA:
Notre Dame fell behind 17-4 to start the game, but then used an 20-6 run to grab a 24-23 lead with 7:39 remaining in the first half. The Irish never from that point on and led 37-30 behind Troy Murphy's 13 first-half points.
David Graves came off the bench to lead four Irish players in double figures as he finished with 17 points. Murphy added 16, while Martin Ingelsby and Matt Carroll scored 14 and 12, respectively.
Notre Dame shot below 40 percent for the third time in four games, but its defense held the Mountaineers to just 31.7 percent accuracy from the field. Four players had seven-plus rebounds in the game as the Irish were led by Ryan Humphrey, Graves and Harold Swanagan who each had nine boards in the contest.
Carroll also finished with eight asssists in the game, one below his career and season best.
Notre Dame is not ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today rankings. The Irish were ranked in the 10 previous polls this season and climbed to as high as 10th in both rankings during the week of Dec. 4 before falling out of the top 10 after back-to-back home losses to Indiana and Miami of Ohio.
HEAD COACH MIKE BREY:
Mike Brey was named the 17th head coach in the program's history on July 14, 2000 following five seasons (1995-2000) as head coach at the University of Delaware. Brey earned his first victory as Irish head coach on Nov. 18 with a 104-58 triumph over Sacred Heart. The win marked the 100th of his coaching career and came in the 152nd game of his coaching career. He has an overall record of 110-57 for a .659 winning percentage. He guided the Blue Hens to a 99-52 record during his tenure while earning berths in three postseason tournaments. Under Brey, Delaware appeared in two NCAA tournaments ('98 and '99) and played in the National Invitation Tournament in his final season (2000). His .659 winning percentage among Division I coaches with five years as a head coach stands second only to Tom Izzo of Michigan State (.734). Prior to his arrival in Newark, Del., he spent eight seasons (1987-95) on the Duke sidelines along Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and before that stint was an assistant coach at DeMatha High School under legendary coach Morgan Wootten from 1982-87.
BREY AND MENTOR KRZYZEWSKI REACH MILESTONES ONE DAY APART:
First-year head coach Mike Brey earned his 100th career victory (in 152 games as a head coach) against Sacred Heart on Nov. 18. That win came just one day after his former mentor, Mike Krzyzewski, earned his 500th win at Duke on Nov. 17. Brey was an assistant under Krzyzewski at Duke from 1987-95.
Mike Brey was the first Notre Dame head coach since Moose Krause in 1943-44 to lead his team to eight victories in his first 10 games as head coach. Two other Irish coaches achieved similar success in their first seasons. Jesse Harper, who coached Notre Dame from 1913-18, was 8-2 through the first 10 games of his first season, while William Nelson, whose only season as a head coach was in 1912-13, was 11-2 in his first 13 games.
BREY vs. RANKED OPPONENTS:
As a head coach at both Notre Dame and Delaware, Mike Brey has coached in nine game against ranked opponents. This evening's contest marks the fourth ranked opponent the Irish have faced this season. Brey earned his first win as a head coach over a ranked opponent when Notre Dame beat then 16th-ranked Cincinnati 69-51 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianpolis, Ind., on Nov. 25, 2000.
NOTRE DAME vs. SYRACUSE:
The series between the Irish and Orangemen is tied at 13-13, but Notre Dame has lost five straight to Syracuse. The Irish are 2-5 against the Syracuse at the Joyce Center. Last year, the Orangemen earned a 73-71 victory at Notre Dame for their second win over the Irish during the 1999-2000 regular season. The last win for Notre Dame over the Orangemen was on Jan. 21, 1998 as the Irish posted an 83-63 victory.
RECAP OF SYRACUSE - Part I:
Notre Dame lost to the Orangemen for the fifth straight time in dropping a 79-70 decision at the Carrier Dome. The Irish rallied from being down by double figures twice in the second half, but their bid to beat Syracuse fell short.
Ryan Humphrey recorded his fifth double-double of the season as he scored 18 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Troy Murphy led the Irish with 19 points and also grabbed six rebounds, in addition to dishing off five assists. Matt Carroll was the only other Notre Dame player in double figures as he scored 14 points, which included four three-pointers.
Notre Dame trailed by as many as 15 (35-25) in the first half as the Irish were held to their lowest scoring output in the first 20 minutes of the game this season. Brey's squad suffered through another free-throw shooting slump as it connected on just one-of-10 free throws in the first half.
Notre Dame shot 50.0 percent for the game, while the Orangmen connected on just 41.2 percent from the field. The Irish hit only 25.0 percent of their three-point attempts (6-24) and were just 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) for the game from the charity stripe.
Outrebounded in the first half 25-19 by the Orangemen, Notre Dame finished the game owning a 42-38 advantage on the boards.
The Irish also had a season-high 20 turnovers in the game.
NOTE THE CHANGE IN MURPHY TELECONFERENCE SCHEDULE:
Troy Murphy once again will hold a weekly teleconferences. On page 4 is a listing of those dates and times. Media should take note of the new time. All teleconferences will begin at 11:00 a.m. (a change from 11:15 a.m.), with one exception -- the Feb. 15 teleconference will commence at 11:30 a.m.).
HE'S AN ESPY NOMINEE:
Troy Murphy is one of four nominees for an ESPY Award as the Men's College Basketball Player of the Year. The ninth annual ESPY Awards will be shown live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on Mon., Feb. 12 at 9:00 p.m. EST on ESPN. Murphy is joined by Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State), Marcus Fizer (Iowa State) and Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati) as the nominees for 2000. All three of the other candidates are former collegians and currently on rosters in the National Basketball Association. Murphy has the rare distinction of perhaps winning an ESPY while still attending school.
MURPHY AND THE WOODEN WATCH:
Troy Murphy is among the top 30 candidates and one of four BIG EAST players named to the midseason list for the 2001 John R. Wooden Award. Murphy, a member of the 2000 John R. Wooden All-America team, was one of the top 25 vote-getters on the Preseason List of 50 which was announced in the fall. He and Duke senior Shane Battier are the only two previous candidates among the current list of 30. The 10-member Wooden Award All-America team will be announced on March 27, 2001. From that squad, one member will receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player." The announcement will be made on April 6, 2001, and will be shown on a one-hour telecast on Fox Sports Net. The three other BIG EAST on the list of 30 include Albert Mouring of Connecticut, Eddie Griffin of Seton Hall and Preston Shumpert of Syracuse.
MURPHY IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Certainly Troy Murphy can stake claim to being the most publicized men's collegiate basketball player in the past month. Feature articles appeared in three major sports publications on the junior All-American. Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl profiled Murphy in a piece entitled "Troy Story", which appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of the magazine, while Mike DeCoursey wrote an article entitled "Getting a Slight Edge" for The Sporting News which hit the newsstands before the Christmas holiday. Curry Kirkpatrick has a piece entitled "Murphy's Law" in the Jan. 8 bi-weekly edition of ESPN Magazine.
Troy Murphy is listed as the second-leading vote-getter among 30 preseason candidates announced for the 2000-01 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The preseason candidates including Murphy are: Shane Battier (Duke), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Charlie Bell (Michigan State), Carlos Boozer (Duke), Cory Bradford (Illinois), Eric Chenowith (Kansas), Jarron Collins (Stanford), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Joe Forte (North Carolina), Jason Gardner (Arizona), Tony Harris (Tennessee), Udonis Haslem (Florida), Brendan Haywood (North Carolina), Casey Jacobson (Stanford), Richard Jefferson (Arizona), Joe Johnson (Arkansas), Ken Johnson (Ohio State), Kaspars Kambala (UNLV), Jason Kapono (UCLA), Mike Kelley (Wisconsin), Terence Morris (Maryland), Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), Kenny Satterfield (Cincinnati), Brian Scalabrine (Southern California), Jamaal Tinsley (Iowa State), Jason Williams (Duke), Loren Woods (Arizona), Michael Wright (Arizona) and Vincent Yarbrough (Tennessee).
HUMPHREY NAMED CBS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Humphrey was selected as the CBS Player of the Game versus Kentucky after recording his seventh double-double of the season as he finished with 12 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
MAKING THE GRADE:
While Irish head coach Mike Brey is pleased with his team's play on the court, he can be equally proud of his squad's performance in the classroom. The team earned an overall grade-point average of 3.027 for the fall semester, the highest combined average since 1992 (when records were first kept). It was the first semester above a 3.00 for any Notre Dame men's basketball team in 17 semesters. Seven of the 13 players earned a grade-point average of 3.178 and higher with four players earning Dean's List recognition. The three players named to the Dean's List were: senior marketing majors Martin Ingelsby (3.405) and Hans Rasmussen (3.467) and freshman Chris Markwood (3.400), enrolled in the First Year of Studies.
MURPHY JOINS "20-20" CLUB:
Troy Murphy turned in one of the most memorable performances in BIG EAST Conference history on Jan. 8 at Seton Hall with his 25-point and 20-rebound outing against the Pirates. It marked only the seventh time in league history and first time since 1992 that a player registered a "20-20" in conference game. Murphy's performance also was the second time in Notre Dame history that an Irish player had 20-plus points and rebounds in a single game. The only other player to achieve the fete was Walt Sahm against Ball State on Dec. 4, 1964. In that game, he scored 23 points and equaled the school's rebounding record as he grabbed 30 boards as Notre Dame recorded a 116-82 victory. The last Notre Dame player to grab 20-plus rebounds in a game was LaPhonso Ellis -- 20 vs. Dayton on Jan. 27, 1992 in a 76-54 victory.
THE SHOOTING BLUES:
Notre Dame is shooting 47.9 percent from the field this season, but the Irish have struggled in their last four games as they have been under 40 percent in three contests. After shooting 60.8 percent against Rutgers on Jan. 6, the Irish have shot 38.8 percent connecting on just 100 of their 258 field goal attempts. Notre Dame shot a season-low 35.6 percent (26-73) against Seton Hall.
LAST HOME WIN vs. TOP 10 OPPONENT:
Notre Dame had two wins against top 10 opponents last season, but both of those occurred on the road. The Irish have not beaten a top 10 opponent at home since Feb. 5, 1994 when Notre Dame handed UCLA a 79-63 setback. At the time, the Bruins were ranked fourth in the Associated Press Poll and were tied for second in the ESPN/USA Today ranking.
THREE WOULD BE A CHARM:
A win tonight over Syracuse would be the third straight for the Irish over a BIG EAST opponent. Since joining the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Notre Dame has only had three consecutive wins over league opponents one other time. That occurred during the 1996-97 campaign with wins over St. John's (75-70), Connecticut (71-65) and West Virginia (90-76).
PRODUCTIVE FRONTLINE SHOWS SCORING AND REBOUNDING VERSATILITY I:
Notre Dame's frontline duo of Troy Murphy and Ryan Humphrey have proven to be a formidable match for Irish opponents. In all but two games, one of the two has either led or tied for team-high scoring honors. The Murphy-Humphrey combination has led Notre Dame in 15 of 16 contests. David Graves led the Irish in scoring (20 points) against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 17, while Harold Swanagan's 10 rebounds against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 marked the first time all season that either Murphy or Humphrey was not the team's leading rebounder. Murphy has been the leading scorer and rebounder in 12 and six games, respectively, while Humphrey has led the Irish in scoring in two games and in rebounding on eight occasions.
THE MURPHY-HUMPHREY-GRAVES COMBINATION LEADS THE WAY:
Notre Dame's trio of Troy Murphy and Ryan Humphrey and David Graves continue to put up impressive numbers. Murphy leads the team in scoring as he is averaging 22.8 points, and is the team's second-leading rebounder with a 9.4 rebounding average. Humphrey is second in scoring with a 15.4 scoring average and leads the team with 9.5 rebounds per game. Graves is third in scoring at 15.0 points per game. The trio is responsible for 64.1 percent of the team's offensive scoring (852 of 1329 points). The three scored 20-plus points each in back-to-back games against Canisius and Vermont on Dec. 19 and 21, respectively. In the victory over the Catamounts, Murphy and Graves each had 21 points in the win, while Humphrey added 20. In the previous outing against Canisius, just 48 hours prior to the win over the Catamounts on Dec. 21, Murphy had 29 points, Graves 23 and Humphrey 20. That game marked the first time since the 1991-92 season that three players contributed 20 or more points in a game. The last time it happened was in Notre Dame's 101-98 victory over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on February 15, 1992 when LaPhonso Ellis, Daimon Sweet and Elmer Bennett had 28, 24 and 22 points, respectively.
SPREADING THE WEALTH:
Notre Dame had all five of its starters in double figures for the third time this season in the loss at Kentucky. All five Irish starters also reached double-figure scoring in a win over Canisius and in loss to Indiana. When all five starters -- Troy Murphy, Ryan Humphrey, David Graves, Matt Carroll and Martin Ingelsby -- reached double figures against the Hoosiers, it marked the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that all five starters scored 10-plus points in game. That season, Notre Dame's all five of Notre Dame's starting members reached double figures three times in games against Stetson, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Boston College.
IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR:
All 12 players who played in the game against Long Island on Dec. 29 in the final game of 2000 contributed points in the final 97-point outing -- Troy Murphy (24), Ryan Humphrey (20), David Graves (14), Matt Carroll (14), Jere Macura (7), Harold Swanagan (3), Ivan Kartelo (4), Charles Thomas (3), Martin Ingelsby (2), Torrian Jones (2), Hans Rasmussen (2), Tom Timmermans (2).
The perimeter play of outside shooters David Graves and Matt Carroll give the Irish a deadly three-point shooting arsenal. The duo has made 76 (58.9 percent) of Notre Dame's 129 three-point field goals and has 184 (55.9 percent) of the team's 329 attempts. Carroll is shooting 44.4 from three-point range, while Graves has made 38.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Martin Inglesby leads the team in minutes played this season as he is averging 36.5 minutes per game. He played the entire 40 minutes in Notre Dame's first three BIG EAST games and is averaging 38.6 minutes in for league outings. Inglesby has gone the distance for the Irish in two other games this season -- Vanderbilt and Miami (Ohio).
OVER THE 100-MARK PLATEAU:
The Irish went over the 100-point mark in its first two games of the season posting victories over Sacred Heart (104-58) and Loyola (107-68). It marked the first time since the 1985-86 campaign that a Notre Dame team registered back-to-back 100-point contests. It also was the first time in school history that an Irish team began the season scoring 100-plus points in its first two contests.
POINTS A PLENTY:
Notre Dame is averaging 83.1 points per game and outscoring its opponents by 13.0 points per game. The Irish scored 90-plus points in three consecutive games -- Canisius (99-91), Vermont (96-86) and Long Island (97-49). Brey's squad has topped the 90-point mark five times overall this season.
WORTH NOTING FROM THE LOYOLA GAME:
Notre Dame's strong outing against the Ramblers on Nov. 22 produced some noteworthy team numbers in the contest:
- Set school record for three-point field goals made (16) and three-point field goal percentage (.727 - 16 of 22).
- Tied the school record for blocked shots (12).
- Second time since 1985-86 that the Irish recorded back-to-back 100-point outings (vs. Manhattan - 102-47 and vs. Miami (Fla.) - 126-73).
500TH GAME AT JOYCE CENTER:
Notre Dame played its 500th game at the Joyce Center on Nov. 18 against Sacred Heart. The Irish are 394-116 all-time at the Joyce Center for a .773 winning percentage since it began play in the inaugural 1968-69 season. The Irish were 16-4 (.800) at home in 1999-2000, marking the third time in school history they had 16 victories (the most at the Joyce Center). Notre Dame also recorded 16 wins at the Joyce during the 1976-77 and 1982-83 campaigns.
GRAVES GROOVIN' OFF THE BENCH:
David Graves has come off the bench in Notre Dame's last two games and has proven to be a very effective player in his new role. Graves, who has missed just five starts in 83 career games, had been a starter in 31 consecutive games before having that streak snapped against Pittsburgh one week ago. He played 25 minutes against the Panthers as he saw limited action because of a sprained ankle suffered in the Kentucky game, and then was in the game for all but seven minutes in the win over West Virginia. In the two games, he averaged 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. As a freshman, he started 28 of 30 games, and as a sophomore, made 36 starts in the 37 games he played.
GRAVES JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB:
Junior David Graves joined Notre Dame's 1,000-point club and became the 41st player in Irish basketball history to reach that mark. Graves tallied his 1,000th point in the win over Vermont on Dec. 21. He notched his 1,000th point in the second half on a free throw with 16:58 remaining in the contest. He has 1,098 points in 83 career games for a 13.2 career scoring average heading into this afternoon's game and currently ranks 33rd on the all-time Notre Dame scoring list.
A 1,000-POINT CLASS ACT:
With David Graves reaching the 1,000-point mark, he joined Troy Murphy (1,723 career points) as the second member of Notre Dame's class of 2002 to reach that plateau. It marks the first time that a class has produced at least two 1,000-point scorers since the trio of LaPhonso Ellis, Elmer Bennett and Daimon Sweet. The three combined for 4,403 points from 1988-92 with Ellis scoring 1,505 points, Bennett 1,488 points and Sweet 1,410 points. Graves and Murphy have combined for 2,821 points in two-plus seasons.
Since the Christmas break, Harold Swanagan's play as earned him more and more playing time. The Irish junior has been one of the team's most productive players and has been in the starting lineup in each of the last two games versus Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Swanagan will be in the starting lineup tonight against Syracuse for the third straight game (and fourth time this season). In the last two games, he has averaged 6.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Against the Panthers on in his second start of the season, Swanagan played a season-high 22 minutes and finished with seven points (tying his season-high) and a game-high 10 rebounds. The 10 boards marked a season best for him and also was the fifth time in which he grabbed 10-plus rebounds in a game. He had six points and nine rebounds against West Virginia in Sunday's victory.
LEADER OF THE PACK:
The consistency of Troy Murphy as both a scorer and rebounder is remarkable when considering these numbers. Of the 80 career games he has played (he missed three games his freshman year because of a sprained ankle), Murphy has led or tied for team-high scoring and rebounding honors on 64 and 53 occasions, respectively. Below is the breakdown year-to-year of how he has led the Irish in both categories during his career.
Some other noteworthy statistics include: 79 of 80 games in double figure scoring, 39 career double-doubles, 14 career games with 30-plus points and 46 contests with 20-plus points.
MURPHY GETS 100TH BLOCK:
Troy Murphy blocked his 100th career shot against Long Island on Fri., Dec. 29 and currently second on the Notre Dame all-time career shot-blocking list with 112. LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92) is the Irish all-time leader in this category with 200.
INGLESBY CONTINUES TO CLIMB ASSIST CHART:
Senior Martin Ingelsby dished off his 400th career assist against Vermont on Dec. 21. He currently has 449 career assists, good for fifth on the all-time career assist list. Ingelsby passed Irish great John Paxson (1979-83) who finished his career with 411 assists. Heading into tonight's game, he needs 17 to move ahead of Rich Branning and into fourth on the career assist list. Branning, who played for the Irish from 1976-80 finished with 466 assists. Ingelsby owns a 4.11 assist average in 109 career games.
FOLLOWING TROY ON THE WEB:
Follow All-American Troy Murphy on the world wide web at www.und.com/troymurphy. The site includes biographical information, statistics, pictures, a weekly diary, a listing of awards and honors and links to articles on the web which have been written on this Irish junior. For more information on the site, contact the Notre Dame Sports Information Office at (219) 631-7516.
MURPHY GOES HAWAIIAN:
Troy Murphy's travels took him twice to Hawaii within a two-week span in August and early September. The Irish junior participated in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp just before returning to campus for the start of the school year and met up with former Notre Dame standout and 1997 BIG EAST Player of the Year Pat Garrity. Murphy made a second trip across the mainland when he played for the USA Men's Select Team on Sept. 2 in Honolulu against the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team. The game was televised by NBC and Murphy finished with four points and three rebounds.
DOUBLE-TAKE FOR HUMPHREY:
Just 16 games into his Notre Dame career, Ryan Humphrey has already posted six double-doubles in an Irish uniform. His most recent came against Kentucky on Jan. 13 as he scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He has registered double-doubles in five of the last nine games and in back-to-back contests against Tennessee Tech (10 points, 12 rebounds) on Dec. 17 , Canisius (20 points, 11 rebounds) on Dec. 19 and Long Island (20 points, 11 rebounds) on Dec. 21. Humphrey, who has 16 career double-doubles (10 in two seasons at Oklahoma), registered his first double-double at Notre Dame in the win over Cincinnati on Nov. 25 as he scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He also has had 10 or more rebounds in 23 games during his career and scored 10-plus points on 50 occasions. Humphrey also has scored 20-plus points in seven games throughout his career.
GRAVES PRODUCES BACK-TO-BACK-TO BACK 20-POINT OUTINGS:
David Graves has scored 20-plus points in three games this season. He had three consecutive outings (a first in his career) in which he scored 20-plus points against Tennessee Tech (20 points), Canisius (season-high 23 points) and Vermont (21 points) and averaged 21.3 points in those victories. He has scored 20-plus points eight times during his career, which includes a 33-point effort against Vanderbilt during the 1999-2000 campaign.
MURPHY DOUBLE-DOUBLES PUT HIM IN SEVENTH HEAVEN:
Troy Murphy registered his seventh double-double of the season, and 39th of his career against Kentucky as he scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards. Murphy's other double-doubles have come against Sacred Heart (31 points, 14 rebounds), Vanderbilt (23 points, 11 rebounds), Canisius (29 points, 15 rebounds), Vermont (21 points, 13 rebounds), Long Island (24 points, 10 rebounds) and Seton Hall (25 points, 20 rebounds). He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 40 career games.
CARROLL LIGHTS IT UP FROM THREE:
Sophomore Matt Carroll's 44.4 three-point field goal percentage leads the Irish. Carroll, who has made 36 of his 81 three-point field goal attempts, was four-of-five from three-point range in Notre Dame's victory against Tennessee Tech, scoring 16 points on Dec. 17 and was four-of-six against Syracuse on Jan. 2
FREE-THROW SHOOTING WOES APPEAR SOLVED:
Notre Dame appears to have solved some of its free-throw shooting problems as the Irish have made 73.6 percent from the charity stripe in the last five games (89-121). Notre Dame had its best night from the line this season against Rutgers on Jan. 6, hitting 17-of-20 attempts for 85.0 percent accuracy. In the second half of the two-point loss at Seton Hall, the Irish were a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe. That was a complete turnaround from their performance against Syracuse on Jan. 2 in which the Irish converted just 8-21 from the line (38.1 percent). Brey's squad was 1-for-10 from the free-throw line in the first half of that contest (after making their first free throw attempt, the Irish missed their next 10). The Irish have shot below 65.0 percent in six of the last nine games. Heading into the Tennessee Tech game on Dec. 17, Notre Dame had converted 75.3 percent of its free-throw chances, but that percentage has dropped to 66.7 percent.
Troy Murphy's 16 points against Pittsburgh extended his streak of double figure scoring games to 67. The junior forward has netted double figures in 79 of 80 contests throughout his career. The only time he failed to score in double figures was against Syracuse on Dec. 29, 1995 when he scored just five points. In that game all of his points came from the free-throw line (5-6) as he was 0-11 from the field.
Troy Murphy has scored 30-plus points in three of Notre Dame's 13 games this season. In addition to the career-high 37 points in the Rutgers game, he netted 31 in the season opener against Sacred Heart on Nov. 18 and 30 vs. Cincinnati on Nov. 25. He scored 30 or more points in nine games last season and has 14 career 30-plus outings. He also has scored 20-plus points 46 times in 80 career games.
IRISH THREE-POINTERS EXTEND TO 66 STRAIGHT GAMES:
Notre Dame has had at least one three-pointer in 66 consecutive games, a mark that dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time the Irish failed to connect on at least one three-pointer in a game was against Connecticut in a 101-70 loss in Hartford, Conn., on January 12, 1999. Notre Dame set the school single-game three-point mark when it nailed 16 three-pointers against Loyola.
DIALING LONG DISTANCE:
David Graves has hit a three-pointer in 46 straight games. The last time he failed to make a three-pointer was against Maryland on Nov. 26, 1999. In 83 career games, he has had at least one three-point field goal in all but 10 games.
ANSWERING THE CALL:
In a recent addition of ESPN Magazine, ESPN analyst and former Duke basketball standout Jay Bilas highlights five point guards nationally who have played vital roles for their teams this season. Among the five mentioned is Irish senior Martin Inglesby, currently leading the BIG EAST with a 6.09 assist-to-turnover ratio. Here's what Bilas had to say about Ingelsby's play:
"Last season, Matt Doherty benched Ingelsby in favor of Jimmy Dillon. Now Dillon and Doherty are gone and Mike Brey has put the ball back into Ingelsby's hands. So what if he didn't have much choice? Point is, the 6-0 senior has responded. In the second half of Notre Dame's win over Cincinnati on Nov. 25, Ingelsby showed some onions by taking Kenny Satterfield off the dribble to ignite an Irish run. Through six games, he was averaging 7.2 points, hitting 48% on threes and had 41 assists vs. seven turnovers -- the kind of stats that soothe any coach."
MY FAVORITE MARTIN:
Senior Martin Ingelsby returned to his role as a starter this season after serving as Notre Dame's starting point guard for both the 1997-98 and 1998-99 campaigns. A starter in his first two seasons, Ingelsby lost his starting job in the seventh game of the season a year ago and averaged just 14.8 minutes and 4.8 points per game in 1999-2000. Through 16 games this season, he leads the team in minutes played (36.5) and is averaging 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists. In Ingelsby's first game back as a starter against Sacred Heart, he responded with 15 points, nailing a career-high five three-pointers in the contest. He hit on all five of his attempts from beyond the arc in the first half and finished with six assists and just one turnover in the game.
DISHING IT OUT:
Martin Ingelsby leads the Irish with 116 assists. Most impressive is the fact that he has committed just 29 turnovers in 16 games. He had a career-high 13 assists against Rutgers, while commiting just one turnover. It marked the fourth time this season he had dished off 10-plus assists in a game. He dished off 11 assists in both the Loyola (Chicago) and Canisius contests, while also registering 10 assists in the win over Long Island. The 13 assists in the Rutgers game was the eighth time in his career in which he had dished off 10-plus assists. For the season, Ingelsby is averaging 7.3 assists per game, which ranks him ninth nationally in that category. He has played a total of 584 of a possible 640 minutes and is averaging a turnover every 18.9 minutes and just 1.81 turnovers per game. Ingelsby's assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.00 leads the BIG EAST Conference.
No Irish player has been as consistent throughout the season as sophomore Matt Carroll. He registered double figures for the 29th time in his career (and 11th time this season) against Kentucky as he scored 11 points. He is shooting 49.3 (71-144) percent from the field, 44.4 (36-81) from three-point range and 76.0 (19-25) from the charity stripe. Even more impressive is that he is second in the assist column with 69 (4.3 per game).
The most telling statistic in Notre Dame's 16 games -- the 324 assists (20.3 per game). Notre Dame has made a total of 471 field goals which translates into an assist for every 1.45 baskets. As a team, the Irish have committed 235 turnovers, resulting in a 1.38 assist-to-turnover ratio and a turnover every 2.72 minutes. Last season, Notre Dame had more turnovers (656) than assists (643).
IRISH BACKCOURT -- STEADY AS THEY GO :
Notre Dame's backcourt duo of Martin Ingelsby and Matt Carroll has posted impressive numbers this season with their consistency. When combining the statistics of the two players, the tandem is shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from three-point range, while averaging 10.2 points per game. They also have 185 of Notre Dame's 324 assists and have committed just 62 turnovers overall for a 2.98 assist-to-turnover ratio.
IRISH SHOW TRIPLE THREAT AGAIN:
Notre Dame's three-point shooting appears to be alive and healthy again this season as the Irish have canned an average of 8.06 three-pointers (129-329) in 16 games. David Graves leads the way with 40, while Matt Carroll has made 36 and Martin Ingelsby 27. In the season opener against Sacred Heart, the Irish began the game by hitting eight of their first nine three-pointers. They also had a school-record 16 against Loyola on Nov. 22. Last season, the Irish averaged 7.8 three-pointers per game en route to establishing the single-season mark with 287.
MURPHY MOVES INTO TOP 10 ON IRISH SCORING CHARTS:
Troy Murphy became the 40th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points on Jan. 29, 2000 when the Irish defeated St. John's. He started the season 16th on the all-time scoring list, but the 365 points he has scored in in his first 16 games have elevated him to sixth on the scoring list with 1,723 career points. Against West Virginia, Murphy passed Kelly Tripuka (1977-81), another N.J. native out of Essex Fells, who scored 1,719 points during his career. He now needs 98 points to move into fifth on the all-time scoring list occupied by Tom Hawkins (1956-59) who finished his career with 1,820 points.
Murphy became the second-youngest player in Irish history to score 1,000 points at 19 years and 272 days old. Former Irish All-American Adrian Dantley (1973-76) was 18 years and 355 days old when he scored his 1,000th point. Murphy also joined Dantley as the only Irish players to reach the 1,000-point mark in their sophomore seasons. He scored his 1,000th point in his 48th career game -- the fifth-fastest among Notre Dame's 39 previous 1,000-point scorers. All-time leading scorer Austin Carr (1968-71) needed just 35 games, while Dantley needed 44. It took John Shumate (1972-74) and Bob Arnzen (1966-69) 46 games to score 1,000 points.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE FOR MURPHY:
Among active Division I players through games of Jan. 15 according to STATS Inc., Troy Murphy is second with 39 career double-doubles. He has scored in double figures in 79 of 80 career games he has played and has registered double figures in 67 straight contests heading into this evening's matchup with Pittsburgh The only time Murphy has failed to score in double figures was against Syracuse on Dec. 29, 1998.
LIGHTS, CAMERA ACTION:
Notre Dame will make nine national television appearances during the 2000-01 season as the Irish will be featured three times on CBS and six times on ESPN. It is the most regular-season telecasts since the 1988-89 campaign when that Notre Dame squad also had nine of its games nationally televised. The national lineup is as follows: Indiana (Tues., Dec. 5 on ESPN), at Syracuse (Tues., Jan. 2 on ESPN), at Seton Hall (Mon., Jan. 8 on ESPN), at Kentucky (Sat., Jan. 13 on CBS), St. John's (Mon., Feb. 5 on ESPN), at Rutgers (Wed., Feb. 14 on ESPN), Seton Hall (Sun., Feb. 18 on CBS), at Connecticut (Mon., Feb. 26 on ESPN) and Georgetown (Sun., Mar. 4 on CBS).
BASKETBALL LUNCHEONS SET:
The final basketball luncheon will take place take place on Tues., Feb. 20, 2001 (the day before the Notre Dame-Boston College game).
The luncheons, which begin at noon, will feature Brey, members of his squad, video presentations and other special guests.
Tickets are $16 each. Tickets are available by mail by writing Athletics Business Office, 113 Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame. No telephone reservations will be accepted. For more information, call 219-631-7246.
Season-tickets for the 2000-01 Notre Dame men's basketball season were sold-out prior to the start of the season. All 3,200 student season-tickets allotted for the upcoming campaign also have been sold, a figure that has doubled from the 1,600 sold for the 1999-2000 season.
WNTS TO BROADCAST 12 IRISH BASKETBALL GAMES:
WNTS Radio 1590 AM in Indianapolis, Ind., will broadcast 12 Notre Dame men's basketball games during the 2000-01 season in the Indianapolis market as part of the Notre Dame Basketball Network originated by Host Communications. WNTS 1590 AM, which is owned by S&M Broadcasting Company, Inc., has been broadcasting its signal in the Indianapolis area since 1974.
The men's basketball games on WNTS this season include: Nov. 22 vs. Loyola (Chicago) at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 vs. Indiana at 9:00 p.m., Dec.19 vs. Canisius at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 vs. Vermont at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2 at Syracuse at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 8 at Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m., Jan. 16 vs. Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23 vs. Syracuse at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 vs. St. John's at 7:00 p.m., Feb. 14 at Rutgers at 9:00 p.m., Feb. 21 vs. Boston College at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 at Connecticut at 7:00 p.m.