(21/21) Notre Dame (20-5, 10-3 BIG EAST) vs. Syracuse (17-10, 7-7 BIG EAST)
Sunday, February 24, 2008 * 2:00 p.m. (EST) Joyce Center (11,418) * Notre Dame, Ind.
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Notre Dame vs. Syracuse
Notre Dame puts its 35-game Joyce Center win streak on the line when the Irish play host to Syracuse in the first and only regular-season meeting between the two teams. The contest concludes a two-game homestand for the Irish after they extended their BIG EAST home win streak to 16 consecutive games (tied for second all-time).
Notre Dame beat the Orange twice last season. The Irish earned a 103-91 victory at the Carrier Dome on January 30, 2007 to snap a three-game losing streak to Syracuse and then beat the Orange
89-83 in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament. A win today would give Notre Dame its first three-game win streak over Syracuse since 1932-42 when the Irish owned a seven-game win streak.
The Orange lead the all-time series 21-17 and are 10-3 overall in their 13 appearances at the Joyce Center. Irish head coach Mike Brey is 4-9 all-time against Syracuse and has only been victorious once against the Orange at the Joyce Center during his tenure. Brey's only win at the Joyce Center versus Syracuse was during his first season when the Irish earned a 74-60 victory. Since that victory, Notre Dame has dropped five straight to the Orange at the Joyce Center. Syracuse last played at Notre Dame on January 11,
2006 and came away with an 88-82 victory.
is ranked for the third consecutive week after making its debut two weeks ago at 22nd in the Associated Press and 21st in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. After finishing last week with a 1-1, the Irish dropped from 20th to 21st in the AP ranking and from18th to 21st in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
The Irish have won 18 of their last 21 games and are off to an 20-5 start through 25 contests of the season which also matches the best start by an Irish team under head coach Mike Brey. Brey's
2002-03 squad was 20-5 following its 25th game of the season and 21-5 before suffering its sixth loss of the season in its 27th contest.
Notre Dame's 10-3 start in BIG EAST play matches the best start ever by an Irish team in league play. The 2000-01 Irish squad went 10-3 through the first 13 contests en route to winning the BIG EAST West Division title (with an 11-5 record) and were 11-3 (after
14 games) before suffering their fourth loss of the season in the 15th conference game.
Notre Dame's reached the 10-win mark in BIG EAST play for the fifth time in eight seasons under head coach Mike Brey. A win against Syracuse would equal the school mark of 11 set by the 2000-01 and 2006-07 Irish squads. Both of those squads finished with identical 11-5 marks in BIG EAST play.
Notre Dame's 82-70 victory on Thursday night enabled head coach Mike Brey to get his fifth 20-win season in eight campaigns.
Brey became only the second coach in school history to register five 20-win campaign in his first eight seasons. Digger Phelps was the only other coach to post five 20-win campaigns in his first eight year of his 20-year tenure at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame's victory over Marquette extended its school-record Joyce Center win streak to 35 games that includes 16 straight versus BIG EAST foes. The Irish finished with a perfect 8-0 record at home during the 2006-07 campaign during league play.
Notre Dame's 16 consecutive wins at home versus conference foes is the longest for an Irish team since becoming a league member in 1995-96 and matches the second-longest in league history.
After tying the school record of 24 straight victories against Eastern Michigan on December 1, the Irish broke the 30-plus year record with its win over Northern Illinois on December 8. The Irish have not lost at the Joyce Center since February 25, 2006 with an 80-72 setback to Marquette.
Back In The Polls
Notre Dame made its inaugural appearance this season in the top 25 last week as the Irish debuted at 22nd in the Associated Press ranking and 21st in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Coach Mike Brey's squad appeared for the first time in the polls last season in the sixth week (second week of December) following back-to-back wins over Maryland and Alabama that pushed the Irish record to 7-1 in the campaign.
Jackson Named To BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
For the first time in his career, sophomore guard Tory Jackson was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2-0 steals in Notre Dame's two contests. In Notre Dame's loss at Connecticut, he finished wth 13 points and matched his career-high in addition to dishing off four assists and making two steals. In the win over Rutgers, he led all scorers with 17 points (a season-high) and dished off 10 assists for his second career double-double. He also grabbed eight rebounds and made two steals.
Currently Jackson owns a season-best four-game double-figure scoring streak (his career best is five games) and has netted double figures in nine contests. Over the last eight games, he is averaging 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.4 steals.
BIG EAST Win Streak
Notre Dame's 16-game BIG EAST homecourt win streak is its longest since the Irish joined the conference in 1995-96 and matches the third-longest in conference history.
20 - Pittsburgh (6 games in 2003-04, 8 games in 2002-03 and 6 games in 2001-02)
16 - Georgetown (6 games in 1987-88, 8 games in 1988-89 and 2 games in 1989-90)
16 - Notre Dame (1 game in 2005-06, 8 games in 2006-07 and 7 games in 2007-08)
BIG EAST Turnaround
Under head coach Mike Brey's tenure, Notre Dame has had only one losing season. That season was in 2005-06 when the Irish finished 6-10 after beginning the BIG EAST campaign with a 1-8 record. Since that 1-8 start, Notre Dame has gone 26-10 (.722) over the last 36 regular-season games.
Five 20-Win Seasons Under His Belt
With the win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night, the Irish reached the 20-win mark for the fifth time in eight seasons and second consecutive year under head coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame's 20-win campaigns under Brey have been in 2000-01 (20-10), 2001-02 (22-11), 2002-03 (24-10) and 24-8 (2006-07). In the 103-year history of the program, Notre Dame teams have won 20 or more games on 32 occasions.
Harangody On Wooden and Naismith Top 30 Midseason Lists
Sophomore forward Luke Harangody has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 30 Midseason list. The Wooden Award is presented annually to the nation's top basketball player. Harangody was not part of the Wooden or Naismith Preseason lists. Two other BIG EAST players - Roy Hibbert (Georgetown) and Sam Young (Pittsburgh) - also were selected to the top 30 list for both awards.
Today's game will be the 39th meeting between the two schools with Syracuse holding a 21-17 advantage. In BIG EAST regular-season play, the Orange have dominated the series 14-6 and have won two of the three meetings in BIG EAST tournament play. This will be the first visit by Syracuse to the Joyce Center in more than two years. In its last game at Notre Dame, the Orange earned an
88-82 victory on January 11, 2006. The Irish are just 1-5 against Syracuse under head coach Mike Brey.
Notre Dame In The Top 15 Of NCAA Statistics
Notre Dame ranks in the top 15 of the NCAA statistics in two categories: assists (5th-18.8), rebounding margin (7th-8.4) and three-point field goal percentage (14th-40.2).
Zach Sparks Lineup Change
Through the first 17 games prior to the Villanvoa game, Irish head coach Mike Brey had gone with the starting lineup of fowards Rob Kurz and Luke Harangody and guards Ryan Ayers, Tory Jackson and Kyle McAlarney. Against the Wildcats, Zach Hillesland replaced Ayers in the starting lineup and has stayed with that starting five since that game. Only two players, Zach Hillesland (one game vs. North Florida) and Ty Proffitt (five games vs. Long Island, Monmouth, Baylor, Georgia Tech and Rutgers) have missed games due to injury. Hillesland was held out of the North Florida contest with an ankle sprain, while Proffitt missed four games due to a groin injury suffered in practice and recently the Rutgers contest because of a sprained ankle.
Since the starting lineup change, the Irish are 7-1 and averaging 84.0 points (672).
Now That's Something To Talk About
Notre Dame's current record-setting 35-game home win streak spans three seasons - the final two games played during the
2005-06 campaign, the entire 2006-07 season and 15 games in 2007-08.
Here's a look at the dominance of the Irish during its present win
2,942 (84.1 ppg.)
2,271 (64.9 ppg.)
Margin of Victory +671 points (+19.1)
Notes: Notre Dame has shot .500 or better in 14 of 35 games
Notre Dame opponents have shot .500 or better in 3 of 35 games
25 wins by 10-plus points
13 wins by 20-plus points
9 wins by 30-plus points
5 wins by 40-plus points
1 win by 50-plus points
* Notre Dame's 81-74 overtime against Providence was the first overtime game during the streak.
* Notre Dame trailed the Panthers by 11 (51-40) with 13:53 to play in the contest which marked the largest deficit at home for the Irish this season.
* The Irish have only trailed twice at home this season at halftime - Cincinnati (32-27) and Pittsburgh (35-30).
Where Charity Prevails
Notre Dame owns a decisive advantage from the charity stripe over its opponents. The Irish have outscored their opponents
417-216 from the line in 25 games in 2007-08 and 236-120 against BIG EAST foes. Notre Dame is shooting 74.3 percent overall from the line (compared to 63.2 percent for opponents) and 77.1 (compared to 63.5 for opponents) in BIG EAST games. In the win over Marquette, Notre Dame was 24-31 (.774), while Marquette was just 5-8 (.625). The Irish were a perfect 6-6 from the line in the final 26 seconds of the game. Against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame finished 18-20 from the charity stripe.
Irish Show Overtime Resilience
Notre Dame's win over Providence on January 31 marked its first overtime game since March 20, 2006 when the Irish dropped an
87-84 double-overtime decision at Michigan in the second round of the NIT. It also was the first overtime for the Irish after losing five straight overtime decisions (all during the 2005-06 campaign). Notre Dame's last overtime win prior to the Providence victory was a 93-92 victory against Georgetown at the Joyce Center on February 1, 2003 - nearly five years to the day.
Getting In A Second Half Gear
For just the second time this season, Notre Dame trailed at the intermission (35-30) in its eventual 82-70 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Irish outscored the Panthers 52-35 in the second half in their eventual 82-70 victory. In fact, Notre Dame erased an 11-point second half deficit (51-40) - its largest of the season - and outscored the Panthers 42-19 in the final 13:44 of the contest. The final 12-point margin of victory was the largest of the game for the Irish.
Irish Find Comfort Away From The Joyce Center
After starting off the season 0-2 in its first two BIG EAST road games, Notre Dame has won three of its last four league road games. Notre Dame earned its first BIG EAST road win of the season on January 26 with its 90-80 victory over Villanova at the Wachovia Center. The Irish shot 50.9 percent from the field (27-53),
47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 71.1 percent from the charity stripe (27-38).
The Irish picked up their second road win of the season in as many games with its 95-69 win over the Pirates and was the largest margin of victory in a BIG EAST road game since an 89-62 (22 points) over St. John's on March 6, 2004.
Notre Dame's third league road win was against Rutgers on Sunday as the Irish pulled out 71-68 win as head coach Mike Brey's squad won at the RAC for the second straight year.
In its first two BIG EAST road losses to Marquette (92-66) and Georgetown (84-65), Notre Dame lost by a combined 45 points and shot just 36.1 percent from the field (43-119), 25.0 percent from beyond the arc (11-44) and 72.3 percent (34-47) from the free-throw line.
A Tale Of Two Halves
The first and second halves for Notre Dame against Cincinnati in its 91-74 victory couldn't have been more different than night and day. In the first half, the Irish trailed 34-27 at the break (the first time they had trailed at home at halftime this
season) after shooting only 24.0 percent from the field (6-25). In the second-half, the Irish outscored the Bearcats 64-40 as they shot
69.2 percent (18-26) from the field, 66.7 percent (6-9) from three-point range and 84.6 percent (22-26) from the free throw line.
Luke Harangody scored 24 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. It was the largest scoring output by an Irish player in a half since Chris Thomas scored 27 of 39 points in the second half of a 77-66 victory over Saint Louis on March 22, 2004.
The 64 points in the second half were the most points by an Irish team in a half of a regulation game under head coach Mike Brey.
The six first-half field goals matched the fewest ever scored by an Irish team in a half under Brey.
Valuing The Basketball
In its back-to-back wins over Colgate and Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame committed just eight and nine turnovers, respectively, marking the only time this season that the Irish had fewer than 10 turnovers in back-to-back contests. In the Irish win over Brown on December 29, the Irish had seven turnovers, including just one in the first half. Two of the strengths of Notre Dame basketball teams under head coach Mike Brey have been distributing and taking care of the basketball. The Irish are averaging 18.5 assists per game and 13.3 turnovers for a 1.39 assists-to-turnover ratio. Notre Dame has dished off 20 or more assists in eight games this season. The 24 turnovers committed by Notre Dame in the loss at Marquette were the most ever for an Irish team under head coach Mike Brey.
Double The Pleasure
Luke Harangody recorded a career-best sixth straight double-double against Connecticut on February 13 night when he scored a career-high 32 points and matched his career-high with 16 rebounds.
He had that streak snapped against Rutgers when he finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Harangody has 15 double-doubles on the season and 15 in the last 21 contests, including 10 of 13 BIG EAST games.
The last Irish player to register six consecutive double-doubles was Ryan Humphrey in 2001-02 when he ended his career a double-double in the final 11 games of his career.
Where There's A Will There's A Way
Tory Jackson had a rather slow start to the BIG EAST season, but over the last seven games, in which the Irish are 6-1, the sophomore guard is averaging 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.4 steals.
Jackson has recorded three double-doubles this season, including each of the last two games. He had one of the most unlikely double-doubles that any player under 6-0 could have when he scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in Thursday night's win over Pittsburgh. Jackson also had five assists, three steals and one blocked shots in 37 minutes without committing a turnover. He registered his second carer double-double in the previous game versus Rutgers when he scored a season-high 17 points and dished off 10 assists.
Record-Setting Home Performance
Notre Dame put an exclamation point on its record-setting 25th consecutive wins at the Joyce Center on December 8. In the
108-62 win over Northern Illinois, the 108 points were the most points scored by the Irish under head coach Mike Brey in a regulation game (ND scored 116 vs. Georgetown in a four overtime contest in 2002), while the 46-point margin of victory was the third-largest during the Brey era. In addition, Notre Dame shot a blistering 72.0 percent from the field in the first half which marked the best shooting performance by an Irish team in the first half under Brey.
The Irish also owned a 52-27 advantage on the boards.
Tory Jackson suffered a cornea abrasion in his right eye late in the first half of Notre Dame's win over Connecticut on January 5. Jackson returned to play all 20 minutes of the second half and finished the game with 11 assists (matching a career-high), six points, seven rebounds and four steals. He hit two key free throws with 1:52 to play which gave the Irish a six-point lead.
McAlarney Shines On The Big Stage
Staten Island native Kyle McAlarney made his return to New York City and Madison Square Garden a happy one on December 4 as he led his Irish to a 68-59 victory over Kansas State. McAlarney finished with 18 points in the contest on 6-13 shooting from the field (2-5 from three-point range). He scored 14 points in the second half, including nine straight in the final 2:10 of the contest. McAlarney nailed a three-pointer with 1:30 to play and converted four key free throws down the stretch.
McAlarney Shines - Part II
Kyle McAlarney netted a career-high 32 points in the win over Connecticut which was the first 30-plus performance of his career and the first time this season that an Irish player had topped the 30-point. He was 13-19 from the field and 6-7 from three-point range. Prior to McAlarney's performance, the last Notre Dame player to score 30-plus points in a game was Russell Carter (32 points in a
71-68 loss to St. John's at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2007).
Luke Harangody leads the Irish in scoring and rebounding averaging 20.5 points and 10.4 rebounds. He leads the team with 15 doubles and owns a 23-game double-figure scoring streak - the longest on the team and in his career. He has netted double figures in all but one game (Monmouth) and has finished with 10 or more rebounds in
15 contests. Harangody also tops the Irish with 14 games of 21 or more points.
Kyle McAlarney has scored 30-plus points in two of the first eight BIG EAST games. He had a career-high 32 points in Notre Dame's win over Connecticut on Jan. 5 and then tallied 30 points against Villanova on Jan. 26. The last player to score 30-plus points in multiple games during the BIG EAST regular season was Chris Quinn in 2005-06 when he registered four 30-plus point performances -
37 vs. Pittsburgh, 31 vs. Providence and Louisville and 34 vs. Seton Hall.
Luke Harangody registered the first 30-point performance of his career when he scored a then career-high 31 points in Notre Dame's overtime win against Providence as he connected on 11-22 shots from the field and was 9-10 from the free-throw line. In addition to scoring 31 points, he also grabbed 14 rebounds. He then topped that with a career-best 32-point effort in the loss at Connecticut and matched his personal best with 16 boards.
Luke Harangody's 22 points in the win at Seton Hall marked his fourth straight game with 20-plus points. Heading into the contest, he had scored 20-plus in three straight contests on three different occasions.
Kyle McAlarney also had a three-game 20-plus point outing streak of his own that came to an end against Kansas State.
McAlarney registered his first 20-point outing of the season against Youngstown State when he tallied 23 points (a then career best). He followed that up with another career-high outing for the second time in as many games when tallied 25 points versus Colgate. In the Eastern Michigan outing, McAlarney led the Irish for the second straight game with a 21-point performance.
Harangody became the first player since Chris Thomas to score 20-plus points in four straight games in 2003-04 (his junior
year) - Pittsburgh (23 points), Connecticut (31 points), Seton Hall
(26 points) and Syracuse (25 points).
The last player to record 20-plus points in five straight contests was Ryan Humphrey in 2001-02 - St. John's (29), Providence (21), St. John's (21), Connecticut (21) and Charlotte (20).
Notre Dame joined an elite group last year when it
registered its 1,600th win against Providence on February 15, 2007.
In its 103rd season, Notre Dame has 1,625 victories. Only 12 other
schools have reached the mark: Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas,
Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Utah and
One Is A Lonely Number
Rob Kurz is the lone senior among the 14 players on this
year's Irish roster. The last time Notre Dame had only one senior on
the roster was during the 1983-84 when Cecil Rucker was the only
senior member of that team that consisted of four juniors, five
sophomores and three freshmen. The 1988-89 Irish squad featured no
seniors on that team and was comprised of five juniors, two
sophomores and five freshmen.
Eight Straight Postseason Appearances
Notre Dame's appearance in last year's NCAA tournament
field marks the fourth NCAA berth for the Irish in seven years.
Since 2000, Notre Dame has appeared in either the NCAA or NIT
tournaments each of the last eight years. The Irish played in the
2000 NIT and then earned consecutive NCAA tournament berths - 2001,
'02, '03 - followed by NIT appearances in '04, '05 and '06. This
current postseason streak matches the longest stretch since making
eight straight from 1983-90 (NIT in 1983 and '84 and NCAA from
The 33 points allowed by Notre Dame in the 76-33 win over
Monmouth on November 16, 2007 were the fewest ever under head coach
Mike Brey and the eight points in the second half were the fewest
ever by an Irish team in a half since the inception of the
The 33 points allowed were also the fewest given up by a
Notre Dame team since January 4, 1950 in a 54-33 win at home against
Butler. It also marked the fewest points scored by an Irish opponent
in a road or neutral site game since Kentucky's 34-28 win over the
Irish on December 29, 1981 in Louisville, Ky.
The 43-point margin of victory matched the seventh-highest
for an Irish team under Mike Brey.
"D" The Key Against Monmouth
En route to its 76-33 victory over Monmouth on November 16,
Notre Dame held the Hawks without a point in the final 10:31 of the
contest and outscored Monmouth 23-0 down the stretch. In fact, the
Irish held the Hawks to just eight points in the second half and just
11 points overall in the final 24:52 of the contest. Notre Dame also
limited Monmouth to just nine field goal attempts (all misses) in the
final 8:17 of the game.
Junior Ryan Ayers is having the best season of his career
as he is shooting 47.5 percent from the field (66-141) and 46.7
percent (42-90) from three-point range. His 7.8 points per game also
mark a career best. Last year, he began the season 0-12 from the
field before hitting his first field goal in the sixth game of the
year. Heading into this season, he owned a 38.5 career field goal
percentage and 37.5 percent mark from three-point range. Ayers netted
a career-high 13 points against Monmouth and Brown and has reached
double figures in seven games.
Quietly Goes About His Business
Perhaps no player in the Irish lineup is as steady as Rob
Kurz. The senior forward is the team's third-leading scorer (12.3)
and second-leading rebounder (7.9) and has scored in double figures
in all but eight contests. He has recorded eight double-doubles with
a season-high 23 points and career-high 14 boards coming in wins over
North Florida and Rutgers. Kurz is shooting 44.0 percent (91-207)
from the field and 38.2 (26-68) from three-point range.
Zeller In Double Figures
Luke Zeller has scored in double figures in three games
this season with his most recent double-figure outing coming against
Marquette on Saturday when he scored 11 points. It was the first
time in double figures since matching his career-high against Colgate
(14 points) on November 26. Zeller also reached double figures in
the first game of the season against Long Island when he netted 12
Zeller On The Boards
Zeller had his best rebounding effort of his career as he
registered 10 rebounds against Marquette on January 12 which marked a
career-high for the Irish junior. His previous career-best had been
nine rebounds on three occasions.
The 'Peoples' Choice
Sophomore Jonathan Peoples scored a career-high 12 points
in 11 minutes in Notre Dame's loss at Georgetown. Prior to that his
personal-best had been nine points against Seton Hall last season.
Peoples was 5-6 from the field and 2-2 from three-point range in
addition to grabbing four rebounds.
Notre Dame's 18-0 record at home last season marked just
the third time since the opening of the Joyce Center in 1968-69 that
an Irish team finished undefeated at home during the regular season.
It also marked the most wins ever for a Notre Dame team in a single
season. Only two other Notre Dame squads ever completed a season
undefeated at home - the 1973-74 and 1985-86 squads both finished
their campaigns with identical 15-0 records. The Irish were the only
BIG EAST team to finish the season undefeated at home. Dating back to
the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame has won 35consecutive games at home
following the win over Marquette - an active streak that is third
among all Division I teams and is the longest in school history as
well as the longest during Mike Brey's tenure.
Notre Dame's current streak dates back to the final two
games of the 2005-06 campaign as Irish defeated DePaul (66-61) in the
regular-season finale and Vanderbilt (79-69) in the first round of
the NIT. Notre Dame's last loss at home was an 80-72 setback to
Marquette on February 25, 2006.
Current NCAA Division I Home Court Win Streaks:
1. Memphis 47
9. IUPUI 15
2. BYU 45
Kent State 15
3. NOTRE DAME 35
St. Mary's (CA) 15
4. Tennessee 30
12. South Alabama 14
5. Kansas 22
Utah State 14
6. Georgetown 19
Western Kentucky 14
Michigan State 19
15. Duke 13
8. Vanderbilt 16
Joyce Center Streakin'
Notre Dame broke the Joyce Center home win streak mark on
December 8 with its 108-62 win over Northern Illinois. Here's a look
at the Joyce Center streaks:
34 - Began with a 66-61 win over DePaul on 3/4/06 (current streak)
24 - Began with a 94-68 win over Xavier on 2/3/73 and ended
with a 94-84 loss to Indiana on 12/11/74
22 - Began with an 88-68 win over Pittsburgh on 1/26/77 and
ended with a 69-68 overtime loss to DePaul on 2/12/78
16 - Began with a 92-70 win over Fairfield on 12/9/82 and
ended with a 51-47 loss to UCLA on 12/3/83
16 - Began with an 89-76 win over West Virginia on 2/20/02
and ended with a 87-79 loss to Connecticut on 2/24/03.
The Irish All-Time
The 2007-08 men's basketball campaign marks the 103rd
season of basketball and 13th as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.
In 102-plus seasons, Irish teams have posted a 1625-890 record for a
.646 winning percentage. In BIG EAST play, Notre Dame owns a 111-102
(.521) record all-time in conference regular-season play.
Always In It
Since the 2005-06 campaign, Notre Dame's 27 losses have
been by a combined 172 points for an average of 6.4 points per game.
The 14 setbacks in '05-'06 were by a total of 59 points (4.2
points). The only double-digit loss was to North Carolina State
(61-47). The Irish suffered 10 BIG EAST losses during the regular
season and those were by a combined 35 points (3.5).
Putting Up The Points And Winning Impressively
Notre Dame averaged 81.0 points per game last season, the
best points per game average ever under Mike Brey, and are once again
near that point total at 80.3 ppg. Notre Dame has topped 80-plus
points on 13 occasions, 90-plus points five times and the century
BIG EAST Formula For Success Under Brey
Since his arrival at Notre Dame, Mike Brey has led Notre
Dame to a 76-49 (.608) record in BIG EAST regular-season games and a
3-7 mark in tournament play for an overall record of 79-56 (.585)
against league foes. In Brey's first season, the Irish posted their
first-ever winning record in BIG EAST play and won the BIG EAST West
Division title with an 11-5 mark. Prior to Brey's arrival at Notre
Dame, Irish teams had a 35-53 (.398) regular-season record since
joining the league in 1995-96.
Keeping It Close
In the 83 losses suffered by Irish teams in Mike Brey's
seven-plus seasons, only 21 have been by 10 or more points and have
been by a combined 571 for an average of 6.9 points per game. Notre
Dame's 26-point loss (92-66) to Marquette on January 12 was the
largest ever for an Irish team under Brey, while the loss to
Georgetown (84-65) was the second-largest.
295 And Counting
Heading into today's game against Syracuse, Notre Dame has
hit at least one three-pointer in 295 straight games, a mark that
dates back to the 1998-99 campaign. The last time an Irish team
failed to hit a three-pointer was a 101-70 loss to Connecticut at the
Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 12, 1999 as Notre Dame finished 0-7
from beyond the arc in the game. The 2005-06 Irish squad set the
single-season record with 288 three-pointers and fell just one field
goal short of that mark (287) in 2006-07.
Home Sweet Home
Since the inaugural season in 1968-69 at the Joyce Center,
Notre Dame owns a 489-141 record all-time for a .776 winning
percentage. The Irish are 104-27 (.794) at the Joyce Center during
Mike Brey's seven-plus seasons.
In Mike Brey's seven-plus seasons, his Irish teams have
compiled a road record of 58-56 (.509) that includes a 38-39 (.494)
in true road games and a 20-17 mark (.541) in neutral site contests.
A BIG EAST Family
The Kurz family name is familiar name in BIG EAST circles
this season. Rob Kurz' younger sister, Laura, is a member of the
Villanova women's basketball team. She played for two years (2004-06)
at Duke before tranferring to Villanova. After sitting out last
season, the junior forward has very similar numbers to her older
brother Rob. Rob is currently the third-leading scorer for the Irish
(12.3 ppg.) and second-leading rebounder (7.9), while Laura is the
Wildcats' leading scorer (15.2 ppg.) and rebounder (6.0).
Irish Look To Keep Joyce Center And BIG EAST Home Win Streak Alive Against Syracuse On Sunday AfternoonThe only regular-season meeting between the two schools will be televised by CBS to 84 percent of the country.