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ACC Championship Preview - Five Things To Know

March 11, 2017

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WHO: #3 Notre Dame (25-8) vs. #5 Duke (26-8)

WHAT: ACC Championship Final

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 9:00 p.m. ET

TELEVISION BROADCAST: ESPN with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Allison Williams (sideline). 

RADIO BROADCAST: Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Zach Hillesland (analyst). You can listen to the broadcast on WatchND.tv or via any Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network affiliate. 

Here are Five Things To Know about the Notre Dame - Duke ACC Championship matchup - 

BY THE NUMBERS: 

2

Notre Dame is appearing in the ACC Championship game for the second time in the last three seasons - and second time in its four seasons as a member of the ACC.

3

The Irish are the third-seeded team in the ACC Championship field this season. The last time the Irish were the third seed in 2015, they won the league title with a win over fifth-seeded North Carolina. Duke enters Saturday night's game as the fifth seed in this year's tournament.

4

Notre Dame is the only ACC program to have four players mentioned on the All-ACC team this season. Bonzie Colson was a first-team selection while seniors V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia, along with junior Matt Farrell, all earned honorable mention. The four player awards also mark the most all-conference mentions the Notre Dame program has ever received.

5

Notre Dame has claimed victories in five of the seven meetings with Duke as an ACC member, including a 2-0 record in the conference tournament. See page 4 for more details.

7

Notre Dame has won seven consecutive games at the Barclays Center, including two games in the NCAA tournament last season, two wins earlier this season when the Irish claimed the Legends Classic title and two wins in the 2017 ACC tournament. See page 2 for more details.

10

Mike Brey has led the Irish to a top-four conference finish in 10 of his 17 years on the Irish bench.

11

Sophomore Matt Ryan scored 11 points off the bench against Florida State in the ACC semifinal victory on Friday night and is shooting 5-for-7 (.714) from three-point range at the Barclays Center this season.

12

Notre Dame boasts a program record 12 post season victories over the past three seasons, including ACC and NCAA tournament games.

17.0

Points-per-game average for Bridgewater, New Jersey, native Matt Farrell in Notre Dame's five games played in New York/New Jersey this season (two Legends Classic games, vs. Villanova at the Prudential Center, two ACC tournament games). Farrell boasts a 4.67 assist/turnover ratio in those five games. See page 2 for more details.

18

Points scored by senior Steve Vasturia in the ACC semifinal victory over Florida State. Vasturia shot 7-of-13 from the field, 4-of-5 from three point range and posted a team-high three steals.

23

Junior Matt Farrell has connected on at least one three-point field goal in 23 consecutive games, the second-best streak of any ACC player (L. Kennard, Duke, 36 games).

96

The 2016-17 senior class (Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem) has helped Notre Dame earn 96 victories over the past four seasons. A victory in the ACC Championship game will match the school record for wins in a four-year span with the 2012-13 senior group of Garrick Sherman, Scott Martin, Tom Knight, Mike Broghamer and Jack Cooley.

381

Victories at Notre Dame for head coach Mike Brey, the second-most in Notre Dame history and 12 away from the all-time record (393).


NOTRE DAME IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT:

Notre Dame is making its fourth appearance in the ACC tournament this week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Irish have earned a double-bye for the tournament in the past three seasons and advanced to the semifinals each time they have earned that right - including claiming the 2015 ACC Championship with victories over Miami, Duke and North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina.

NOTRE DAME ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Date

City

Opponent

Site

ND Rank

Opp Rank

W/L

ND

Opp

2014

3/12/2014

Greensboro, NC

Wake Forest

Greensboro Coliseum

L

69

81

2015

3/12/2015

Greensboro, NC

Miami (FL)

Greensboro Coliseum

11 / 9

W

74

64

3/13/2015

Greensboro, NC

Duke

Greensboro Coliseum

11 / 9

2 / 2

W

74

64

3/14/2015

Greensboro, NC

UNC

Greensboro Coliseum

11 / 9

19 / 19

W

90

82

2016

3/10/2016

Washington, DC

Duke

Verizon Center

19 / 20

W OT

84

79

3/11/2016

Washington, DC

UNC

Verizon Center

3 / 3

L

47

78

2017

3/9/2017

Brooklyn, NY

Virginia

Barclays Center

22 / 16

21 / 21

W

71

58

3/10/2017

Brooklyn, NY

Florida State

Barclays Center

22 / 16

16 / 17

W

77

73


BARCLAYS CENTER SUCCESS:

Notre Dame's victory over Florida State marked the program's seventh-straight victory in the home of the 2017 ACC Championship.

Notre Dame at the Barclays Center:

Date

ND Rank

Opponent

Opp Rank

Result

Score

Tournament

11/16/2012

20/21

St. Joseph's

L (OT)

70-79

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

11/17/2012

20/21

BYU

W

78-68

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

3/18/2016

Michigan

W

70-63

NCAA Tournament

3/30/2016

Stephen F. Austin

W

76-75

NCAA Tournament

11/21/2016

Colorado

W

89-83

Legends Classic

11/22/2016

Northwestern

W

70-66

Legends Classic

3/9/2017

22/16

Virginia

21/21

W

71-58

ACC Tournament

3/10/2017

22/16

Florida State

16/17

W

77-73

ACC Tournament



WINNINGEST CLASS AT NOTRE DAME?

The 2016-17 senior class of Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and Austin Torres (Torres will return for a fifth-year of eligibility in 2017-18) could become the winningest class in Notre Dame basketball history.

The `16-'17 class has compiled 96 wins over the past four years, putting the all-time mark of 97 by the 2012-13 group in reach (Notre Dame has at least two games remaining this season - in the ACC tournament finals and the NCAA tournament - with the possibility of advancing to earn more games).

MOST WINS - FOUR YEAR SPAN:

Year 1

Wins

Year 2

Wins

Year 3

Wins

Year 4

Wins

Total

2009-10

23

2010-11

27

2011-12

22

2012-13

25

97

2013-14

15

2014-15

32

2015-16

24

2016-17

25

96

2007-08

25

2008-09

21

2009-10

23

2010-11

27

96

2012-13

25

2013-14

15

2014-15

32

2015-16

24

96

2011-12

22

2012-13

25

2013-14

15

2014-15

32

94

2008-09

21

2009-10

23

2010-11

27

2011-12

22

93

2006-07

24

2007-08

25

2008-09

21

2009-10

23

93

1977-78

23

1978-79

24

1979-80

22

1980-81

23

92

1975-76

23

1976-77

22

1977-78

23

1978-79

24

92

1973-74

26

1974-75

19

1975-76

23

1976-77

22

90

NOTRE DAME VS. DUKE SERIES HISTORY:

Duke leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 21-7, but the Irish have won five of the seven meetings between the two teams since they became conference opponents for the 2013-14 season. Notre Dame also is 2-0 against Duke in the ACC touranment, including a 84-79 overtime victory in the quarterfinals last season.

Date

City

Site

ND Rank

Opp Rank

W/L

ND

Opp

1/4/2014

~Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

7 / 8

W

79

77

1/28/2015

~Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

8 / 8

4 / 4

W

77

73

2/7/2015

~Durham, NC

Cameron Indoor Stadium

10 / 10

4 / 5

L

60

90

3/13/2015

^Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Coliseum

11 / 9

2 / 2

W

74

64

1/16/2016

~Durham, NC

Cameron Indoor Stadium

9 / 6

W

95

91

3/10/2016

^Washington, DC

Verizon Center

19 / 20

W OT

84

79

1/30/2017

~Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

20/ 18

21 / 21

L

74

84


 

 

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