Martin Ingelsby and the
Irish travel to play Boston
College on Wednesday.
Men's Basketball Travels to Play Boston College
Irish stand at 10-10 on the season.
January 26, 1999
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-10, 4-5) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE Eagles (3-14, 0-9)
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999
Place: Conte Forum (8,606), Chestnut Hill, MA
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Live Radio: Host Communications Inc. (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan) originates the Notre Dame Radio Network (includes WNDV-1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM-95.9 FM in Michigan City and WGON-860 in Marion and selected games on WMAQ-670 AM in Chicago)
NOTRE DAME/BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES
Series: BC, 8-6
Current Streak: ND, 1
BIG EAST Games (since '95-'96): BC, 3-1
At Notre Dame: Tied, 4-4
At BC: BC, 4-1
1997-98 Meetings: at ND, ND, 75-72
Next Game: Saturday, Jan. 30, vs. Providence, 12:00 p.m. EST (TV: WNDU-TV)
Next Home Game: Saturday, Jan. 30, vs. Providence, 12:00 p.m. EST (TV: WNDU-TV)
TONIGHT'S GAME: The University of Notre Dame basketball team returns to the road tonight to take on Boston College.
Notre Dame is coming off a heartbreaking 72-70 loss to Rutgers on Saturday in the Joyce Center as Scarlet Knight guard Geoff Billet hit a 12-foot jump shot at the buzzer for the win. Notre Dame had made a fierce comeback to tie the game at 70-70 on a layup by senior guard Antoni Wyche (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) with 8.3 seconds left. The Irish had trailed by a 63-52 score with 6:12 left to play but outscored the Knights by an 18-7 margin before Billet hit his shot.
Four Notre Dame players scored in double figures as sophomore guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) had a career-high 22 points. Senior center Phil Hickey (Wellsboro, Pa.) had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Notre Dame enters today's contest with a 10-10 record and a 4-5 mark in the BIG EAST.
Boston College has an overall record of 3-14 and is 0-9 in the BIG EAST. The Eagles last action was a 75-67 loss to Miami on Sunday.
THE NOTRE DAME-BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES: Notre Dame and Boston College have met 14 previous times and the Eagles lead the series by an 8-6 count. Since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, the Eagles lead by a 3-1 margin. Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod has a 3-5 record against the Eagles in his collegiate career.
The two teams met just once last season as the Irish posted a 75-72 victory at the Joyce Center on Feb. 11, 1998. Pat Garrity led the Irish with 31 points while Phil Hickey had 21 and Derek Manner added 10. Three Boston College players scored in double figures.
The Irish, who led 67-56 with 5:15 left to play, held off a furious Eagle rally as Boston College tied the game at 70-70 with 1:15 left. Notre Dame went five-for-six from the free throw line in the final moments of the game to seal the win.
INJURY UPDATE: The Notre Dame practice on Jan. 14 was a costly one in terms of injuries. Freshman forward Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.) sprained his left ankle during the practice, missed the Villanova, Seton Hall and Rutgers games and is questionable for tonight's game. He returned to partial practice last Thursday. Freshman forward David Graves (Lexington, Kent.) suffered a sprained shoulder in that practice, but has not missed any action because of it. Senior guard Dennis Carroll (LaGrange, Ill.) suffered a separated shoulder in practice on Jan. 10 and returned to partial practice last Thursday.
COMEBACK KIDS: In three of Notre Dame's four BIG EAST Conference wins this season, the Irish have been trailing at halftime. Notre Dame trailed Seton Hall by a 27-23 count last Wednesday at the half (won 59-56), trailed Miami 31-29 on Jan. 9 (won 71-68) and trailed Pittsburgh 36-34 at the half on Jan. 5 (won 87-64). The only BIG EAST game Notre Dame has led at halftime was on Dec. 8 against Providence by a 39-31 count as the Irish won 83-80. Notre Dame has trailed at halftime in all five of its BIG EAST Conference losses.
FRESHMEN SCORING: Murphy and Graves are the two-leading scorers for the Irish this season at 18.2 and 13.3 points per game, respectively. Of the 1,475 points scored this season by the Irish, 38.9% of them (574) have been scored by that duo. When you add freshman forward Harold Swanagan to the mix, 698 (47.3%) of the Irish points this year have been scored by freshmen. In all, Notre Dame players have recorded double figure scoring 69 times this season and 35 have been from freshmen.
IRISH NOTCH EARLY BIG EAST ROAD WINS: Notre Dame opened its 1998-99 BIG EAST schedule with an 83-80 win at Providence on Dec. 8, 1998, and improved to 2-0 in BIG EAST road games following the win at Miami on Jan. 9. The Irish won once on the road in BIG EAST games in its first two years in the conference, beating St. John's at Madison Square Garden in 1996 and beating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome in 1997. Notre Dame won three BIG EAST road games in 1997-98, with another win at Syracuse in addition to victories at West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Notre Dame is now 2-2 in BIG EAST road games this season.
THE WIN OVER MIAMI: Notre Dame shot 56.5 percent (24 for 43) from the field in the 71-68 win over Miami on Jan. 9, becoming the first team in 39 games to shoot better than 50 percent against the Hurricanes. The last team to shoot as well against Miami was Michigan, which shot 59.6 percent on March 13, 1997 in second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The last team to shoot more than 50 percent in the regular season was St. John's, which shot 57.1 percent on Feb. 22, 1997.
INGELSBY NETS CAREER HIGH: Ingelsby scored a career-high 22 points against Rutgers on Saturday, which topped his previous career-high of 20 vs. Eastern Kentucky on December 19. Ingelsby was a key in the Irish rally against Rutgers as he scored nine points in the final 6:34 of the game. Ingelsby leads Notre Dame with 93 assists this season and has turned the ball over just 51 times in 564 minutes of action or just once every 11.1 minutes of action. Ingelsby had eight assists and no turnovers in 25 minutes of action in the win over Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) and had seven assists and two turnovers in the win over Seton Hall last Tuesday. Last season, Ingelsby had 150 assists, the ninth-highest in school history.
INGELSBY GETTING HIS POINTS FROM THE LINE: Martin Ingelsby leads the team in free throw percentage (86.0%) having made 43 of 50 attempts this season. Last season, Ingelsby was just 14-23 (60.9%) from the line in 27 games.
HICKEY GETS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF SEASON: Hickey recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Rutgers with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Hickey has now recorded a double-double in each of his last two games with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Seton Hall last Tuesday. His third double-double was on Jan. 5, against Pittsburgh as he had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Hickey also had 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Syracuse and 10 points and 10 rebounds against St. Francis (N.Y.). The senior has scored in double figures in six of the past 10 games and 10 times this season. Hickey is currently in fourth place on the Irish career list for blocked shots with 75 (including five vs. Rutgers on Saturday, a career high) while LaPhonso Ellis (1988-92) is the career leader with 200 while Matt Gotsch (1993-96) had 97 and Orlando Woolridge (1977-81) had 80.
SWANAGAN GETS ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Swanagan has recorded a double-double in two of the past three games. He had a career-high 22 points coming off the bench against Villanova on Jan. 16. Swanagan also added a career-high 15 rebounds in the game, eight of them off the offensive end.
Swanagan then made his first career start in the win over Seton Hall last Tuesday night and recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds. His most dramatic part of the game came with 11.2 seconds left as he missed two free throws as the Irish held a three point lead (56-53), but Swanagan got his own rebound off the second missed free throw and was fouled to go to the line again.
He has seen his playing time increase since the beginning of the Great Alaska Shootout. In the first three games of the season prior to the tournament, he was playing just 6.7 minutes per game. Since the tournament began, Swanagan is averaging 20.2 minutes per game. Swanagan has scored in double figures in six games during his freshman year and against tough competition -Duke, Indiana, Providence, Connecticut, Villanova and Seton Hall.
Swanagan scored a then-career high 17 points against the Blue Devils in the first round of Great Alaska Shootout and then had a career high 10 rebounds vs. Southern Utah. Against Indiana, Swanagan had another solid performance with 11 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action. In the win over Providence, Swanagan scored 13 points. Swanagan came off the bench in the Connecticut game on Jan. 12 and was the team's leading scorer with 15 points.
MURPHY AND DOUBLE FIGURES: Murphy has started his collegiate career by scoring in double figures in 16 of the 17 contests that he has played this year, including five double-double performances - 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana, 30 points, 11 rebounds vs. Providence, 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky and 30 points and 10 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh. Murphy had scored in double figures in the first 12 games of the season before scoring just five points against Syracuse.
Since freshmen became eligible to play in 1970-71, no Irish freshman had ever scored in double figures in his first 12 career games. The last time a Notre Dame player scored in double figures in his first nine college games was LaPhonso Ellis in 1988-89. Ellis wound up averaging 13.5 points per game as a frosh. Ellis is the ninth-leading scorer in school history with 1,505 career points.
MURPHY SETS BIG EAST RECORD: Murphy's 30 points against Providence (Dec. 8) tied a BIG EAST record for most points by an individual in their first conference game. Allen Iverson of Georgetown also had 30 points in his first game - against Providence on December 7, 1994.
Murphy also scored 30 points vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) and is the first player in BIG EAST history to score 30 points or more in two conference games during a freshman year.
MURPHY TIED FOR FOURTH NATIONALLY AMONG FRESHMEN: Murphy is tied as the fourth-leading scorer in the country among freshmen players at 18.2 points per game and is just 1.7 points per game behind the leader through games of Jan. 21. Erik Brown of Morehead State is the leader at 19.8 points per game while Quentin Richardson of DePaul is second at 19.7 and Devin Brown of Texas-San Antonio is third at 19.1 Murphy is tied with B.B. Waldon of South Florida and Chris Williams of Virginia.
MURPHY HONORED BY BIG EAST FIVE TIMES: Murphy has been named the BIG EAST rookie of the week five times this season, sharing the award once. His latest honor came the week of Jan. 11, sharing the honor with Rutgers' Dahntay Jones. Murphy averaged 20.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in Notre Dame's three games against Pittsburgh, Villanova and Miami. He tied his career-high with 30 points in the win over the Panthers. Murphy was first named on Nov. 16 for his performance in Notre Dame's opening two games against Miami of Ohio and Yale, on Dec. 14 for his performance in the Providence game, on Dec. 21 for his performance in the Eastern Kentucky game and on Dec. 28 for his performance in the St. Francis (N.Y.) game. The awards mark the first time in Notre Dame's four-year history as a BIG EAST member that an Irish player had been named the rookie of the week.
Murphy has either led or tied Notre Dame in scoring in eight of the last 11 games he has played in and in 12 of 17 contests.
MURPHY RECOGNIZED BY BASKETBALL NEWS, BIG EAST BRIEFS: Murphy was selected as the newcomer of the year in the BIG EAST Conference by Basketball News in the publication's annual preseason yearbook. Murphy also was named the BIG EAST preseason newcomer of the year by BIG EAST Briefs newsletter. Murphy was named his team's most valuable player last spring at the prestigious Capital Classic in Washington, D.C., where he had 18 points and 21 rebounds in the postseason game.
IRISH WIN STREAK LONGEST IN MacLEOD ERA: Notre Dame's five-game win streak earlier this season was the longest under eighth-year head coach John MacLeod and the longest since the 1987-88 campaign. Before Syracuse, the Irish had not lost since dropping a 76-72 overtime decision at home to Indiana on December 1.
IRISH STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES: In the Irish win against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Dec. 27, all five Irish starters scored in double figures for the second-straight game as Murphy and Wyche each scored 20 points, Ingelsby and Graves chipped in 18 points apiece while Hickey added points. Against Stetson on December 21, all five starters were in double figures for the first time this season. That game marked the first time since Notre Dame's 84-73 victory over Xavier on January 21, 1995 at the Joyce Center that all five Irish starters were in double figures (Jason Williams-19; Ryan Hoover-16; Marcus Young-13; Pat Garrity-12; and Lamarr Justice-10). Four Notre Dame starters scored in double figures against Syracuse (Graves-15; Hickey-14; Wyche-11; Ingelsby-10).
GRAVES NETS FRESHMAN HIGH: Graves scored a career-high 29 points against Southern Utah in the Great Alaska Shootout. Before Murphy had 30 points against Providence and Pittsburgh, Graves' 29 points was the most by a Notre Dame freshman since Adrian Dantley had 41 points against West Virginia in 1973-74.
TWO FRESHMEN STARTERS: Notre Dame had two freshmen start the opening game against Miami of Ohio with Murphy and Graves. It marked the first time since the 1982-83 opener that the Irish have two freshmen starting a season-opening game. In that season, Notre Dame started Tim Kempton and Ken Barlow as the Irish beat Stonehill by a 74-60 count. Kempton scored nine points and Barlow had 14.
DILLON MAKES FIRST CAREER START: Notre Dame junior guard Jimmy Dillon (Philadelphia, Pa.) made his first career start last Tuesday against Seton Hall. Dillon played 12 minutes and recorded one assist. He had a career-high seven assists in Notre Dame's win over Providence and also came off the bench to play a career-high 35 minutes. Previously, the most minutes Dillon had played in one game was 21 and his previous assist high was six, which he had accomplished twice. Dillon is averaging 15.1 minutes of playing time this season, while he entered the season with a career average of 9.5 minutes per game.
BIG EAST LEADERS: Here is where Irish players and the Notre Dame team stand in the latest BIG EAST statistics through Jan. 25.
Name Category Overall Games BIG EAST Games
Troy Murphy Scoring 4th/18.2 (first among rookies) -
Rebounding 2nd/8.9 (first among rookies) -
FG Pct. 1st/53.0 -
Blocks 13th/1.00 -
Def. Reb. 1st/6.06 -
Off. Reb. 10th/2.88 -
David Graves FT Pct. 10th/77.1 15th/73.5
Phil Hickey Rebounding 13th/6.7 -
Def. Reb. 9th/4.50 t13th/4.22
Blocks 12th/1.05 13th/0.89
Martin Ingelsby Assists 5th/4.65 12th/3.89
Ast./TO Ratio 6th/1.82 11th/1.59
3 FG Pct. - 3rd/46.7
Antoni Wyche FT Pct. 11th/76.5 -
Murphy does not qualify for conference games leaders, because he has not played in the required 75% of Irish conference contests.
In overall games, the Notre Dame team is fourth in field goal percentage (47.0%), first in assists per game (17.50) and fifth in rebounding defense at 34.6. Murphy's 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage are tied as the most in a single game for a BIG EAST player this season.
In BIG EAST games, the Irish are first in assists (16.78) and fourth in rebounding defense (34.8). Notre Dame's 28 assists against Pittsburgh are tied as the most in a single BIG EAST game. Murphy and Hickey are tied for fourth in the league in double-doubles in overall games with five each.
IRISH INK TWO: Matt Carroll, a 6-5 1/2 guard from Horsham, Penn., and Hatboro-Horsham High School, and Mike Monserez, a 6-5 guard from Moeller High School and Cincinnati, Ohio, signed National Letters of Intent on November 11, 1998, to enroll at the University of Notre Dame next fall.
Carroll averaged 23.6 points per game as a junior in high school and added 8.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He is ranked No. 30 in the country among high school seniors by All-Star Sports and its publisher Bob Gibbons and No. 67 by Future Stars.
Carroll was named all-area and all-league for his first three years in high school and was named the 1988 state player of the year in Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1998, Carroll was a member of the USA Basketball men's junior world championship qualifying team, which won the gold medal at the COPABA junior world championship qualifying tournament. Carroll averaged 6.5 points in the tournament and 2.0 rebounds.
Monserez led Moeller to an 18-4 record in his junior year and the team finished ninth in the Associated Press Ohio Division I poll after losing in the sectional finals. Monserez led the team with 12 points per game. Monserez also averaged 7.5 assists per game, shot 38.5 percent from the three-point distance and 78 percent from the foul line.
He was named first team all-Southwestern Ohio by the AP, first team all-city by the Cincinnati Enquirer and co-player of the year in the Greater Catholic League of Cincinnati and Dayton.
JOHN MacLEOD FILE
Notre Dame Record (Yrs.) 102-118 (8th)
Career College Record (Yrs.) 192-187 (14th)
NBA Record (Yrs.) 707-657 (18 seasons)
Career Record (Yrs.) 899-844 (32st)
BIG EAST STANDINGS (Through January 25)
Conf. GB Overall
1. Connecticut 10-0 - 18-0
2. St. John's 7-1 2.0 16-4
3. Miami 6-2 3.0 12-4
4. Villanova 6-4 4.0 15-5
5. Syracuse 5-4 4.5 14-5
6. Rutgers 5-4 4.5 13-6
7. Providence 5-4 4.5 12-7
8. Seton Hall 5-4 4.5 11-7
9. Notre Dame 4-5 5.5 10-10
10. West Virginia 3-7 7.0 8-11
12. Georgetown 2-8 8.0 9-10
11. Pittsburgh 1-7 8.0 10-9
13. Boston College 0-9 9.5 3-14
Wednesday, January 27
St. John's at Syracuse, 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame at Boston College, 7:30 p.m.
Seton Hall at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
West Virginia vs. Marshall, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 30
Providence at Notre Dame, 12:00 p.m.
Georgetown at Villanova, 12:00 p.m.
Connecticut at St. John's, 1:00 p.m.
Miami at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m.
Syracuse at Seton Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 31
West Virginia at Rutgers, 12:00 p.m.
Monday, February 1
Syracuse at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2
Pittsburgh at Georgetown, 7:00 p.m.
Seton Hall at Boston College, 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3
Miami at St. John's, 7:00 p.m.
Providence at West Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers at Villanova, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 6
Georgetown at Miami, 12:00 p.m.
Notre Dame at Seton Hall, 12:00 p.m.
Connecticut at Stanford, 3:00 p.m.
West Virginia at Boston College, 7:00 p.m.
St. John's at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Villanova at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 7
Rutgers at Providence, 12:00 p.m.
LAST TIME AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE
ND 75, Boston College 72
February 11, 1998
Notre Dame, IN
Boston College (72)
Player min fg fga ft fta reb ast pf tp
Granger 38 6 15 2 2 6 0 5 17
Maglos 30 7 17 4 4 5 0 3 18
Curley 30 1 5 0 0 6 1 2 2
Pina 27 2 2 0 0 6 3 2 6
Woodward 38 9 17 5 8 4 8 2 23
Beerhohm 12 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 2
Harley 13 1 2 1 2 3 1 3 4
Rodriguez 12 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 0
Totals 200 27 62 12 16 38 14 19 72
Notre Dame (75)
Player min fg fga ft fta reb ast pf tp
Manner 30 4 9 2 3 9 3 3 10
Garrity 38 10 21 9 10 11 2 3 31
Rasmusssen 8 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 1
Wyche 31 2 11 3 4 4 3 2 8
Ingelsby 37 0 3 0 0 2 5 2 0
Rainey 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Williamson 9 2 4 0 2 3 2 0 4
Dillon 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Palmer 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hickey 32 8 12 5 8 10 2 2 21
Totals 200 26 64 20 29 44 19 16 75
Halftime - Notre Dame 35, Boston College 34
Turnovers - Boston College 13, Notre Dame 10
Three-Point Field Goals - BC 6-16 (Granger 3-8, Curley 0-1, Pina 2-2, Woodward 0-3,
Harley 1-1, Rodriguez 0-1), ND 3-15 (Garrity 2-5, Wyche 1-7, Ingelsby 0-2, Rainey 0-1).
Attendance - 9,719
NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Other Notes:
42 Harold Swanagan PF 6-6 242 Fr. 6.2 4.4 61.5 FG% First career start vs. S. Hall, 10 pts., 11 rebs.
34 David Graves SF 6-5 211 Fr. 13.3 3.7 21-57 3-pters. 15 double figure scoring games
55 Phil Hickey C 6-11 272 Sr. 8.8 6.7 43.9 FG% Five double-doubles in last nine games
4 Antoni Wyche SG 6-5 196 Sr. 11.7 2.6 30.3 3-FG% 14 double-figure scoring games
24 Martin Ingelsby PG 5-11 171 So. 8.9 1.9 93 assists Career-high 22 points vs. Rutgers
NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH:
No. Player Pos Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG Other Notes:
3 Troy Murphy PF 6-9 225 Fr. 18.2 8.9 53.0 FG% Missed last three games with sprained ankle
15 Paul Rainey F 6-1 191 Sr. 0.7 0.8 6.7 mins./game Career-high 21 minutes vs. Providence
22 Dennis Carroll G 6-5 207 Sr. 1.4 0.4 5 assists Missed last 5 games with dislocated shoulder
21 Jimmy Dillon PG 6-2 171 Jr. 3.3 1.3 49 assists Career-high seven assists vs. Providence
43 Skylard Owens SF 6-4 210 Jr. 1.9 1.9 63.2 FG% Career-high seven points vs. Connecticut
44 Todd Palmer F 6-6 220 Jr. 2.4 1.5 70.6 FT% First collegiate start vs. Villanova
HEAD COACH JOHN MacLEOD
Notre Dame head coach John MacLeod (Bellarmine '59), the 1997 BIG EAST Conference coach of the year, is in his eighth season in charge of the Irish program. MacLeod, who led the Irish to the championship game of the National Invitation Tournament in '92 and the quarterfinals of that event in '97, has an overall record of 102-118 in his tenure at Notre Dame and an overall record of 192-187 in 13 years as a collegiate head coach as MacLeod was also the head coach at Oklahoma for six seasons from 1967-73.
MacLeod was a head coach in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons (Phoenix Suns from 1973-87, Dallas Mavericks from 1987-90 and the New York Knicks from 1990-91). MacLeod has an overall mark of 707-657 as an NBA coach.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Notre Dame has played a total of 46 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll during John MacLeod's tenure as Irish coach. Notre Dame has defeated two ranked teams last season with an 83-63 win over No. 15/15 Syracuse on January 21, 1998, and a 74-72 win over No. 20/21 West Virginia on Jan. 15, 1998. The last time Notre Dame beat a top 10 team was Feb. 5, 1994, a 79-63 win over No. 4 UCLA.
JOHN MacLEOD SHOW
The John MacLeod show is broadcast each week during the basketball season and features game highlights, player interviews, player tips and trivia contests. The show, produced in conjunction with Host Communications, features John MacLeod and Jack Nolan of WNDU-TV in South Bend and the color commentator for Notre Dame basketball on the radio. The show can be seen on WNDU-TV, Fox Sports Chicago and various Fox Sports outlets throughout the country
THE JOYCE CENTER
The Joyce Center is in its 31st season of use by the Notre Dame basketball team and the Irish have an overall record of 366-109 (.771) in the building. Of the 475 games played at the Joyce Center, 203 have been sellouts.
IRISH RADIO NETWORK
Host Communications, Inc., originates the Notre Dame basketball radio network for the 11th year in 1998-99. Jack Lorri will once again handle play-by-play duties and this season will mark his 30th year of announcing Irish games. Jack Nolan handles the color commentary.
WMAQ-AM radio will carry Notre Dame basketball games in the Chicago market for the next two seasons as part of the network originated by Universal Sports America, an affiliate of Host Communications, Inc.
Remaining Notre Dame basketball games on WMAQ this season include: Sat., Jan. 30, vs. Providence; Sat., Feb. 6, at Seton Hall; Sun., Feb. 14, vs. West Virginia; Sun., Feb. 28, vs. Boston College; Wed.-Sat., March 3-6, BIG EAST Tournament, TBA.
WMAQ-AM (670), with its 50,000-watt clear channel signal, covers a larger geographic area than any other radio station in Chicago. WMAQ's other sports properties include the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks - and WMAQ is also affiliated with CNN Radio.
Others stations on the network include: WNDU 1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend and WLUV 96.7 FM and 1520 AM in Rockford, Ill.
IRISH ON TELEVISION
Notre Dame will once again make a number of appearances on national and local television this season. Notre Dame appears on ESPN twice (November 26 vs. Duke in Great Alaska Shootout and February 10 vs. Pittsburgh) and espn2 once (January 5 vs. Pittsburgh). Notre Dame games will also be televised on WNDU-TV in South Bend (remaining games: Jan. 30 vs. Providence, Feb. 6 at Seton Hall and Feb. 14 at West Virginia), WBND-TV in South Bend (Feb. 28 vs. Boston College) and TCI of Michiana (remaining games: Feb. 17 at Syracuse, Feb. 21 vs. West Virginia and Feb. 24 at St. John's) as part of the ESPN Regional television package.
Notre Dame Basketball
3 Troy Murphy
Forward, Freshman, 6-9, 225, Morristown, NJ (Delbarton)
Freshman forward who started the first 17 games of the season ... missed the Villanova, Seton Hall and Rutgers games due to a sprained left ankle suffered in practice on Jan. 14 ... is the leading scorer and rebounder for the Irish at 18.2 points per game and 8.9 rebounds .... tied his career high by scoring 30 points in win over Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) ... through games of Jan. 21, is tied as the fourth-leading freshman scorer in the country ... has been named the BIG EAST rookie of the week five times - once on Nov. 17, on Dec. 14, on Dec. 21, on Dec. 28 and most recently on Jan. 11 as he shared the award ... first honor came after opening week of season after scoring 19 points in collegiate debut vs. Miami of Ohio (Nov. 13) and 16 points vs. Yale (Nov. 15) ... second honor came after scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds in Notre Dame's BIG EAST Conference-opening win over Providence (Dec. 8) ... the 30 points vs. the Friars tied a BIG EAST record for most points by an individual in first career conference games ... tied record of Allen Iverson of Georgetown, who also scored 30 points vs. Providence on Dec. 7, 1994 ... was eight-of-15 from free throw line vs. the Friars, but made four-straight free throws in the last 15 seconds of the contest ... third honor came after scoring 27 points vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 19) ... fourth honor came after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in wins over Stetson and St. Francis ... the fifth honor came after the Pittsburgh game and scoring 17 points vs. Villanova (Jan. 7) and 13 in win at Miami (Jan. 9) ... is the first BIG EAST player to score 30 or more points in two different conference games in freshman season ... scored double figures in first 12 games becoming the first Notre Dame freshman ever to score in double figures in first 12 career games since freshmen became eligible in 1970-71 ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) in overall games, is fourth in scoring (first among newcomers), second in rebounding (first among newcomers), first in field goal percentage at 53.0%, tied for 13th in blocks at 1.00 per game, first in defensive rebounding at 6.06 per game and is 10th in offensive rebounding at 2.88 per game ... does not currently appear for leaders in conference games, because he has not played in 75% of the Irish league games ... has recorded a double-double in five games this season with 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 27), 23 points and 16 rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 10), 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 19), 30 points and 10 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh and the Providence game ... was named the BIG EAST newcomer of the year by Basketball News and BIG EAST Briefs.
Season and Career Highs
30 points in two games
17 rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98
4 assists vs. St. Francis, 12/27/98
34 David Graves
Forward, Freshman, 6-5, 211, Lexington, KY (Lexington Catholic)
Freshman forward who has started 19 of 20 games ... had 12 points coming off the bench in win over Seton Hall (Jan. 19) ... had a career-high seven assists vs. Rutgers on Saturday to go along with 13 points ... is the second-leading scorer for the Irish at 13.3 points per game ... has proven to be a threat from three-point field goal range with 36.8 shooting percentage from that range (21-of-57) ... second on team in free-throw shooting percentage at 77.1% (54-of-70) ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) in overall games, is 10th in free throw percentage ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) in BIG EAST games, is 15th in free throw percentage at 73.5% ... has scored in double figures in 15 games ... his 29 points vs. Southern Utah was the most for an Irish freshman since Adrian Dantley had 41 points against West Virginia in '73-'74 (before Murphy had 30 vs. Providence and Pittsburgh) ... had 21 points in win over Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) and 13 in win over Miami (Jan. 9) ... scored 17 points in BIG EAST-opening victory vs. Providence (Dec. 8), as three Irish freshmen combined for 60 points ... scored 18 points vs. St. Francis (Dec. 27).
Season and Career Highs
29 points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98
8 rebounds vs. Miami, 1/9/99
7 assists vs. Rutgers, 1/23/99
4 Antoni Wyche
Guard, Senior, 6-5, 196, Ballston Lake, NY (Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons)
Senior captain who has started all 20 games at the shooting guard position ... has scored in double figures in 14 games this season and has connected on 27 of 89 three point field goal attempts this season ... had 15 points and five rebounds in win over Seton Hall last Tuesday ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) for all games, is 11th in free-throw percentage at 76.5% ... led team in scoring with 18 points in win over Miami (Jan. 9) ... scored a career-high 21 points against Alaska-Anchorage (Nov. 27) and tied a career-high with six assists vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 21) ... tied for game-high scoring honors against St. Francis (Dec. 27) connecting on seven-of-nine shots from the field.
Career Highs Season Highs
21 points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98 21 points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 11/27/98
8 rebounds vs. Connecticut, 2/17/98 6 rebounds vs. Syracuse, 12/29/98
6 assists in three games 6 assists vs. Vanderbilt, 11/21/98
55 Phil Hickey
Center, Senior, 6-11, 272, Wellsboro, PA (Wellsboro)
Senior captain who has started all 19 games at center ... had a career-high five blocked shots vs. Rutgers on Saturday ... has posted five double-doubles in the past nine games with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. St. Francis (Dec. 27), 14 points and 10 rebounds against Syracuse (Dec. 29), 13 points and season-high 12 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 5), 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Rutgers on Saturday ... has scored in double figures in 10 games this season, including a season-high 16 points against Seton Hall ... has 21 blocked shots this season and currently has 75 in his career, good for fourth-place on the Irish career list ... is the second-leading rebounder on the Irish team at 6.7 per game ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) in overall games, is 13th in rebounding, 12th in blocked shots and ninth in defensive rebounding at 4.50 per game ... in conference games, is 12th in blocked shots and tied for 13th in defensive rebounding at 4.22 per game.
Career Highs Season Highs
21 points vs. Boston College, 2/11/98 16 points vs. Seton Hall, 1/19/99
15 rebounds vs. Seton Hall, 1/17/98 12 rebounds in two games
5 assists in two games 5 assists vs. Pittsburgh, 1/5/99
42 Harold Swanagan
Forward, Freshman, 6-6, 242, Hopkinsville, KY (University Heights Academy)
Promising freshman who has posted a double-double in two of the last three games .... made his first collegiate start vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and had 10 points with 11 rebounds ... played a career-high 36 minutes vs. the Pirates ... also started the Rutgers game on Saturday ... came off the bench vs. Villanova (Jan. 16) and scored a career-high 22 points and registered a career-high 15 rebounds ... in win against Providence (Dec. 8) had 13 points with four rebounds ... had come off the bench in the first 18 games of the season and is averaging 17.6 minutes of playing time per contest ... has seen his playing time dramatically increase as the season has progressed ... averaged just 6.7 minutes of playing time per game in the first three contests of the season, but has averaged 20.1 minutes per game since then ... scored a then career-high 17 points vs. Duke (Nov. 26) in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout and also scored 11 points with nine rebounds vs. Indiana (Dec. 1) ... added 15 points with four rebounds vs. Connecticut (Jan. 12).
Season and Career Highs
22 points vs. Villanova, 1/16/99
15 rebounds vs. Villanova, 1/16/99
3 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98
24 Martin Ingelsby
Guard, Sophomore, 5-11, 171, Philadelphia, PA (Archbishop Carroll)
Has been the starting point guard for 19 of 20 games this season ... scored a career-high 22 points vs. Rutgers on Saturday, 19 of them in the second half and 12 of them in the final 6:34 ... previous career-high was 20 points vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 21) ... shot 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from three point range in 16-point performance in win at Miami (Jan. 9) ... had eight points, eight assists and no turnovers in 25 minutes of action vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) ... had seven assists and two turnovers in win over Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and tied his career high with six rebounds ... leads the team in assists with 93 and has committed 51 turnovers this season (just one every 11.1 minutes of playing time)...in BIG EAST statistics (through games of Jan. 25) for overall games, is fifth in assists and is sixth in assist/turnover ratio at 1.82 ... in BIG EAST statistics (through Jan. 25) in conference games, is third in three-point field goal percentage at 46.7%, 12th in assists at 3.89 per game and is 11th in assist/turnover ratio at 1.59 ... recorded 22 assists in three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, including eight vs. Alaska-Anchorage ... tied his season high with eight assists against Stetson (Dec. 23) ... had his first double-figure scoring effort of the season with 12 points against Central Michigan (Dec. 5) ... has scored in double figures in six of the last 11 games, including 18-point outing against St. Francis (Dec. 27).
Career Highs Season Highs
22 points vs. Rutgers, 1/23/99 22 points vs. Rutgers, 1/23/99
6 rebounds in two games 6 rebounds vs. Seton Hall, 1/19/99
12 assists vs. Indiana, 12/3/97 8 assists in four games
21 Jimmy Dillon
Guard, Junior, 6-2, 171, Philadelphia, PA
(Holy Ghost Prep)
Made his first collegiate start vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) ... was the backup point guard for the Irish for the first 18 games this season and is averaging 15.1 minutes per game ... tied his career high with nine points vs. Villanova (Jan. 7) ... played a career-high 35 minutes in win over Providence (Dec. 8) with career-high seven assists while turning the ball over just three times ... also scored seven points against the Friars ... scored six points vs. Indiana (Dec. 1), including layup basket at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime ... had a career-high nine points vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 21) ... entered the season with a career average of 9.5 minutes played per game.
Career Highs Season Highs
9 points in two games 9 points in two games
4 rebounds vs. Georgetown, 2/25/98 3 rebounds in three games
7 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98 7 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98
22 Dennis Carroll
Forward, Senior, 6-5, 207, LaGrange, IL (Lyons Township)
Senior captain of Irish team that is in first year as a scholarship player ... is currently out of action with a dislocated shoulder suffered in practice on Jan. 10 ... played his first two seasons as a walk-on performer and then was on the Irish tennis team in '97-'98 before rejoining the basketball team this year ... has played in 13 games this season, scoring three points in four different games.
Career Highs Season Highs
4 points vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/5/94 3 points in four games
2 rebounds in two games 2 rebounds in two games
1 assist in five games 1 assist in four games
44 Todd Palmer
Forward, Junior, 6-6, 220, Harrington Park, NJ (Don Bosco Prep)
Has played in 14 games this season and made his first career start vs. Villanova (Jan. 16) ... came off the bench and played 10 minutes vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and also played 10 minutes vs. Rutgers (Jan. 23) ... had a career-high nine points vs. the Wildcats with four rebounds and an assist ... scored six points against Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) ... scored three points against Central Michigan (Dec. 5), Stetson (Dec. 21) and St. Francis (Dec. 27) and two against Duke (Nov. 26), Villanova (Jan. 7) and Miami (Jan. 9) ... grabbed a career-high six rebounds versus Stetson ... also had four rebounds vs. St. Francis.
Career Highs Season Highs
9 points vs. Villanova, 1/16/99 9 points vs. Villanova, 1/16/99
6 rebounds vs. Stetson, 12/21/98 6 rebounds vs. Stetson, 12/21/98
2 assists in two games 2 assists in two games
43 Skylard Owens
Forward, Junior, 6-4, 210, Shreveport, LA (Loyola College Prep)
Walk-on forward who has played in the first 18 games of the season off the bench and made his first collegiate start vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) ... came off the bench vs. Rutgers on Saturday and played 16 minutes, scoring four points ... had a career-high seven points vs. Connecticut (Jan. 12) and also had four rebounds vs. the Huskies ... had five points with two rebounds vs. Villanova (Jan. 16) ... scored four points vs. Duke (Nov. 26) and had six rebounds vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 5) ... hit key layup vs. Providence (Dec. 8) with 3:16 left to play to extend Irish lead to six points.
Career Highs Season Highs
7 points vs. Connecticut, 1/12/99 7 points vs. Connecticut, 1/12/99
6 rebounds vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98 6 rebounds vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98
1 assist in four games 1 assist in two games
15 Paul Rainey
Guard, Senior, 6-1, 191, Hattieville, AR (Wonderview)
Senior captain of team that is in his first year as a scholarship player ... has come off the bench in 17 games this season, including a career-high 21 minutes of action in win over Providence (Dec. 8) ... had four assists and two rebounds in game against the Friars ... scored four points with three rebounds in win over Central Michigan (Dec. 5).
Career Highs Season Highs
4 points vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98 4 points vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98
3 rebounds vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98 3 rebounds vs. Central Michigan, 12/5/98
4 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98 4 assists vs. Providence, 12/8/98