ST. JOHN'S (16-12, 8-8)
#24/24 NOTRE DAME (22-7, 10-6)
March 5, 2013 7 p.m. (ET)
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
Notre Dame, Ind.
Rece Davis (play-by-play)
Bob Knight (analyst)
Digger Phelps (analyst)
Broadcast on UND.com (free)
Sirius 93, XM 192
Jack Nolan (play-by-play) Jordan Cornette (analyst)
Gametracker on UND.com
#24/24 FIGHTING IRISH PLAY HOST TO ST. JOHN'S ON SENIOR NIGHT
No. 24/24 Notre Dame (22-7, 10-6) will conclude its home slate Tuesday against St. John's (16-12, 8-8). The BIG EAST clash is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
This is the second meeting between the two schools this season. St. John's topped Notre Dame, 67-63, Jan. 15 inside Madison Square Garden.
The Fighting Irish currently are tied with Syracuse for fifth in the BIG EAST standings.
Tuesday's game can be seen on ESPN and WatchESPN.com. Rece Davis (play-by-play), Bob Knight (analyst) and Digger Phelps (analyst) will be on the call.
Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Jordan Cornette (analyst) will call the action for the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network and that broadcast can be heard for free on UND.com (full affiliate listings on Pg. 3). The game also is available on Sirius 93, XM 192.
SERIES WITH ST. JOHN'S
Tuesday will be the 40th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and St. John's. The Fighting Irish hold a 20-19 edge in the series.
The Irish have dropped the last three decisions against the Red Storm. All three of those meetings took place inside Madison Square Garden. The last two encounters have been decided by a combined seven points.
Junior point guard Eric Atkins scored a season-high 21 points for the Irish in the 67-63 setback at St. John's on Jan. 15. Jerian Grant (14) and Jack Cooley (10) also netted double-figures in that contest.
Notre Dame is 12-8 at home against St. John's. The Fighting Irish are 6-1 in the last seven home meetings with the Red Storm. The last time the two teams met at Notre Dame, the Irish posted a 76-61 victory on Jan. 8, 2011.
Notre Dame is 11-11 against St. John's in BIG EAST play.
Head coach Mike Brey is 7-8 against St. John's during his Notre Dame tenure.
SENIOR NIGHT SUCCESS
Notre Dame has won its final regular-season home game in each of the last seven seasons. The last time the Fighting Irish lost on senior night was an 85-77 decision to Pittsburgh on March 5, 2005.
IRISH ON UNPRECEDENTED RUN IN LEAGUE PLAY
Notre Dame has clinched its fourth straight 10-win season in BIG EAST play. It's the first time in program history the Irish have compiled four straight 10-win seasons in the BIG EAST. Notre Dame has won 10 or more league games nine times in 13 seasons under head coach Mike Brey.
Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse are the only BIG EAST squads to win 10 or more league games in each of the last four seasons.
CLEANING UP THE GLASS
Notre Dame has a +42 rebound advantage in its last three games. The Fighting Irish held a 36-25 rebound advantage over Marquette on Saturday. It was the first game the Irish lost this season when outrebounding their opponent. Notre Dame is 16-1 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
The Irish grabbed 15 more rebounds (40-25) than Pittsburgh in a 51-42 win on Feb. 18 and then outrebounded Cincinnati by 16 (43-27) in a 62-41 victory on Feb. 24.
IRISH KNOW HOW TO FINISH STRONG IN LEAGUE PLAY
Over the last seven seasons, Notre Dame has gone 25-8 (.758) in its final five games of the BIG EAST regular-season slate. That figure includes a 2-1 mark this season.
QUITE A CLASS
Notre Dame's current senior class needs three more victories to become the program's all-time winningest class. The group already has compiled the most BIG EAST victories in any four-year period since the Irish joined the conference in 1995. Here is a breakdown of Notre Dame's top classes based on wins:
2007-11: 96-42 overall/46-26 BIG EAST
2009-13: 94-38 overall/47-23 BIG EAST
2006-10: 93-43 overall/43-27 BIG EAST
PLAYING WELL IN PURCELL
The Fighting Irish are 116-9 in their last 125 games played at home. That .928 home winning percentage over the course of the last seven seasons ranks second nationally. Kansas is first with a .960 mark.
Notre Dame is 51-3 (.944) in its last 54 home games.
GRANT BRINGING HIS GAME IN LEAGUE PLAY
Junior guard Jerian Grant has scored in double-figures in 14 of 16 BIG EAST games this season. He is averaging a team-best 14.2 points per game in league play. Grant has posted a team-high point total in six of the last seven games.
Grant netted a game-high 21 points on Saturday at Marquette. It was his third 20-plus point performance of the season (second in BIG EAST play). He has scored 20 or more points seven times in his career.
His 5.8 assist-per-game average in BIG EAST contests ranks fourth in the conference.
AUGUSTE GETS HOT AGAINST GOLDEN EAGLES
Freshman forward Zach Auguste scored a career-high 15 points on Saturday at Marquette. It was his second double-figure scoring effort of the season (12 vs. Kennesaw State). He was 7-of-10 from the field against the Golden Eagles. He also had career highs in steals (3) and assists (2) in the contest.
In the previous game, he grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in a win over Cincinnati.
GETTING IT DONE DEFENSIVELY
The Irish limited Pittsburgh (Feb. 18) and Cincinnati (Feb. 24) to a combined 33-100 (.330) from the field, including a 2-20 mark from three-point range, and just 41.5 points per game in back-to-back contests.
Cincinnati's 41 points were the fewest ever for a Notre Dame opponent in BIG EAST play (regular season or tournament). The previous low was 42 by Pittsburgh on Feb. 18 and Seton Hall last season (1/25/12).
The combined 83 points from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati were the fewest ever allowed by the Irish in consecutive BIG EAST games.
Cincinnati's 15 first-half points were the fewest ever allowed by Notre Dame in any half of BIG EAST play (regular season or tournament).
BIG EAST UPS AND DOWNS
Notre Dame has averaged 74.4 points-per-game in its 10 BIG EAST victories, while the Irish averaged just 55.5 points in their six league losses. The Fighting Irish have shot 47.0% from the field in the victories and 39.4% in the setbacks. From three-point range, Notre Dame has shot 42.1% in the wins and 23.7% in the defeats.
The Irish are +6.2 in rebounds in the wins and -4.2 in the losses.
FIGHTING IRISH FACTS
Over the last three seasons, Notre Dame is 31-1 (11-0 this season) when shooting 50% or above from the field, 53-3 (16-1 this season) when outrebounding its opponent and 55-5 (18-1 this season) when leading at halftime.
The Fighting Irish are 4-2 against ranked teams this season. Over the last four seasons, Notre Dame is 21-14 (.600) against teams ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll, including a 12-2 mark at home.
NOTRE DAME NOTCHES ANOTHER 20-WIN CAMPAIGN
The Irish recorded their seventh straight 20-win season. It's the first time in program history Notre Dame has compiled seven consecutive 20-win campaigns. The Fighting Irish have reached the 20-win plateau 10 times in 13 seasons under head coach Mike Brey.
BREY FOURTH ON BIG EAST WINS LIST
The five-overtime win over Louisville on Feb. 9 moved Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey past former St. John's head coach Lou Carnesecca and into sole possession of fourth place on the BIG EAST all-time wins list (both regular-season and tournament). Brey has a 143-95 (.601) BIG EAST record.
Brey is in his 13th season along the Irish sidelines. He is the second-longest tenured coach in the BIG EAST, behind only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.
Notre Dame was just 36-58 (.383) in five seasons of BIG EAST play prior to Brey's arrival.
MIKE BREY NAMED TO NORTHWESTERN STATE'S "FAB 50" PLAYERS OF THE MODERN ERA
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey has been named to Northwestern State University's (La.) "Fab 50" players from the modern era. The list covers NSU's NCAA Division I history beginning in 1976-77. Brey played three seasons at NSU (1977-80). He ranks eighth on NSU's career assists list with 311. Brey played his final collegiate season at George Washington University.
Notre Dame ranks first nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58). The Irish are third nationally in assists per game (17.6).
The Fighting Irish rank 24th nationally in fewest turnovers per game (11.1). Notre Dame has turned the ball over fewer than 10 times in eight games this season (six times in BIG EAST play). The Irish have turned the ball over five times or less in two games this season.
Notre Dame has had an assist on 67.3% of its made field goals this season.
The Irish have dished out 20 or more assists in 11 games this season (four times in BIG EAST play).
Notre Dame is shooting 47.3% from the floor this season. That figure ranks 24th nationally and it leads all BIG EAST squads.
The Fighting Irish are shooting 44.2% from the field in BIG EAST play. That percentage is the third-best mark in the league.
The Irish are 11-0 this season when they shoot 50% or above from the floor and they are 11-7 when shooting below 50%.
Senior forward Jack Cooley is fourth nationally with 18 double-doubles this season (nine in BIG EAST play). He has 31 career double-doubles, which all have occurred in the last two seasons.
Cooley has produced a double-double in the first half alone twice this season (Niagara 20 pts, 10 rebs; BYU 12 pts, 10 rebs).
COOLEY A CONSISTENT PERFORMER
Senior forward Jack Cooley is fourth nationally in double-doubles (18), seventh in rebounds per game (10.6) and ninth in field-goal percentage (.587). Cooley is the only player in the country to rank in the top 10 of each of those categories.
In BIG EAST play, Cooley is second in rebounding (10.1) and tied for first in offensive rebounds per game (3.8). He is third in field-goal percentage (.545).
Cooley has scored in double-figures in 26 of 29 games this season (14 of 16 BIG EAST games). He has grabbed 10 or more rebounds 19 times this season (10 times in league play). Cooley has hauled down 15 or more rebounds in a game three times this season.
Cooley is ninth in the BIG EAST (all games) in blocked shots per game this season (1.3).
COOLEY A NAISMITH CANDIDATE AND ON WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 25 LIST
Senior forward Jack Cooley is one of 30 candidates named by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the 2013 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year award list. The top 30 candidates for the award, which is presented by AT&T, were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff's Club Board of Selectors and bases its criteria on player performances to date during the 2013 men's college basketball campaign. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow down the list to four finalists and the winner will be named on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. at the NCAA Men's Final Four.
Cooley also has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are the front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Senior forward Tom Knight is 17-of-26 (.654) from the field in the last four games. He is averaging 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in those four contests.
He was 6-of-7 from the floor en route to 12 points in the win over Cincinnati on Feb. 24. Knight also had seven rebounds against the Bearcats.
Knight is averaging 1.4 blocked shots per game in BIG EAST play. That figure ranks seventh in the league.
DRAINING FROM DEEP
The Irish lead the BIG EAST (all games) in three-point shooting percentage (.370). Notre Dame is shooting 35.4% from beyond the arc in BIG EAST play. That is the fourth-best percentage in the conference.
The Irish were 12-for-18 from three-point range in the BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall (Jan. 5). The 66.7% three-point shooting clip is the best ever for Notre Dame in a BIG EAST contest. The 12 treys tied a season-high total for the Irish and it marked the third time this season the Irish made 10 or more three-pointers in a game.
Notre Dame is averaging 6.4 made three-pointers per game this season (5.9 in BIG EAST play).
ATKINS ASSISTING THE IRISH EFFORT
In BIG EAST play, junior point guard Eric Atkins is second in three-point shooting percentage (.441).
Atkins is 12th nationally and second in the BIG EAST (all games) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.75).
Atkins is tied for 19th nationally and tied for third in the BIG EAST (all games) with a 6.0 assist-per-game average this season. He has four double-doubles this season (points & assists). He has dished out 10 or more assists in a game five times this season.
ATKINS PLAYING MAJOR MINUTES
Junior point guard Eric Atkins tied a Notre Dame record by playing 60 minutes in the five-overtime victory against Louisville on Feb. 9. Atkins leads the BIG EAST by averaging 40.1 minutes per game in league play. Atkins has played 40 or more minutes in seven BIG EAST games this season.
Junior point guard Eric Atkins is tied for third in the BIG EAST (T-19th nationally) in assists per game (6.0), while fellow junior guard Jerian Grant is fifth in the league (34th nationally) by averaging 5.6 assists per game. They are the only set of teammates ranked in the top five of the league assists-per-game standings.
Atkins is second in the BIG EAST (all games) in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7), while Grant is eighth (1.9).
In BIG EAST play, Atkins is first minutes played per game (40.1) and Grant is third (38.2).
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT
Junior point guard Eric Atkins had 130 assists and a 1.83 assist-to-turnover ratio last season. He currently has 173 assists and a 2.75 assist-to-turnover ratio this season.
Atkins shot 39.4% from the field last season and is currently shooting at a 45.3% clip. He has improved his three-point shooting from 37.5% last season to a current mark of 42.3%.
Sophomore guard/forward Pat Connaughton had 30 assists during his freshman campaign and already has dished out 69 assists this season. He had a 1.25 assist-to-turnover ratio last season, but has improved that to 2.76 this season.
MARTIN OUT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON
Scott Martin (GS/G) will miss the remainder of the season due to ongoing issues with his left knee. He started all 18 games he played this season. He has missed the last 10 contests. The Irish have gone 7-3 in those games.
Martin averaged 7.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. He shot 46.3% from three-point range this season after shooting 26.1% from distance last season.
Martin deposited 31 treys this season after making 30 all of last season. He was 6-for-7 (.857) from three-point range against Seton Hall in the BIG EAST opener. The six made treys were a career-high total and a season-best total for the Irish.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Seven different Irish players have posted a team-high point total this season.
Nine different Irish players (Atkins, Auguste, Biedscheid, Connaughton, Cooley, Grant, Knight, Martin, Sherman) have notched a double-digit scoring effort this season.
Notre Dame has had at least four double-figure scorers in 13 games this season. The Fighting Irish have boasted at least five double-digit performers seven times. The Irish had a season-high six double-digit scorers against Chicago State (Nov. 26) and Louisville (Feb. 9).
The Fighting Irish are 3-2 this season when wearing the black uniforms. The Irish are 13-14 all-time in black. Notre Dame first wore black jerseys during the 2005-06 season.
Notre Dame is 5-0 this season when donning gold jerseys. The Irish have worn their gold jerseys in each of the last four home games.
The Irish are 13-2 when wearing white uniforms and 1-3 when playing in blue jerseys.
BIG EAST BEASTS
Notre Dame is 41-15 (.732) over its last 56 BIG EAST regular-season contests.
The Irish have gone 80-42 (.656) in BIG EAST regular-season play over the past seven seasons.
Notre Dame has gone 53-8 (.869) at home in BIG EAST play over the last seven seasons. That is the best home winning percentage for any BIG EAST school in league play over that time period. The Irish are 25-3 in their last 28 BIG EAST home contests.
IRISH HAVE OVERTIME EDGE
Notre Dame defeated Louisville, 104-101, in five overtimes on Feb. 9 and then topped DePaul, 82-78, in overtime on Feb. 13.
The Louisville contest was the longest game in Notre Dame history and the longest regular-season BIG EAST affair.
Notre Dame is 9-2 in its last 11 overtime affairs (3-1 this season). The Fighting Irish are 13-9 in overtime under head coach Mike Brey.
108 SEASONS AND GOING STRONG
The 2012-13 campaign marks the 108th season of basketball at Notre Dame and the 18th season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Notre Dame teams have posted an all-time record of 1745-946 for a .648 winning percentage. In 17 seasons as a member of the BIG EAST, the Irish own a 170-136 (.556) record in conference regular-season play.
Notre Dame has earned appearances in the postseason in each of the last 13 seasons, which marks the longest stretch in school history. The Irish have been to the NCAA Tournament on eight occasions and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times during this current stretch. Under head coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame has played in the NCAAs eight times and NIT four times.
Sophomore guard/forward Pat Connaughton also is a pitcher on the Fighting Irish baseball team. Last spring, he appeared in 12 games, including 10 starts, and posted a 4-4 record with a 3.18 earned-run average. He logged 45.1 innings on the mound and registered 40 strikeouts.
Connaughton was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 50th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
IRISH HELP HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
During the first timeout of the Rutgers game on Jan. 19 inside Purcell Pavilion, a check was presented to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the amount of $10,033 to help with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. A special online auction was held from Jan. 7-18 on Notre Dame's official athletic web site UND.com and fans had the opportunity to bid on several unique items with the proceeds going to help with the relief efforts. Governor Christie is a longtime friend of Irish head coach Mike Brey.
JACKSON NAMED MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN
Demetrius Jackson, who signed a national letter of intent in November and will join the Fighting Irish next season, has been named to the 2013 McDonald's High School All-America Team. The 2013 McDonald's All-American Game will take place April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) is the 15th McDonald's All-American to play at Notre Dame and the fifth under head coach Mike Brey. Jackson is Notre Dame's first McDonald's All-American since Luke Zeller in 2005.
Jackson is part of a talented four-man class that will join the Fighting Irish for the 2013-14 campaign. Joining him will be V.J. Beachem (Fort Wayne,
Ind./New Haven), Austin Torres (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn) and Steve Vasturia (Medford, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep).
IRISH RANK NUMBER ONE IN 2012 GSR
University of Notre Dame athletic programs again rank as the best in the country in graduation rates, based on Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released by the NCAA--including first-place ratings in the sports of football, men's basketball, women's basketball and ice hockey.
Among the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision institutions, Notre Dame had the highest percentage of its sports with 100 percent scores (for the seventh time in eight years), with a .863 figure (19 of 22).
In men's basketball, Notre Dame achieved a perfect 100 GSR rating, with only Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Utah State, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky also reaching the top slot.
The four-year GSR data is based upon the entering classes from 2002 to 2005.