Nov. 10, 1999
Date: Thursday, November 11, 1999
Place: Joyce Center (11,418), Notre Dame, IN
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Live Radio: WJVA-1580 AM South Bend (Jack Lorri, Jack Nolan)
The University of Notre Dame basketball team plays its second of two exhibition games tonight against Marathon. Notre Dame opened its exhibition season on Fri., November 5, with a 94-74 win over the International Select All-Stars.
Sophomore forward Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.) was the leading scorer in that game with 28 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Matt Carroll (Horsham, Pa.) had 20 points, including a three-for-three performance from three-point field goal range. Freshman forward Jere Macura (Split, Croatia) came off the bench to score 13 points while junior guard Martin Ingelsby (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 10 points.
Marathon is in the middle of its annual preseason tour and has played three other BIG EAST teams: St. John's on Nov. 2 (98-59 loss), Rutgers on Nov. 3 (76-66 win) and Villanova on Nov. 5 (90-80 loss). Marathon also lost to Penn State on Tuesday by a 81-75 score and played Ohio State on Wednesday night.
The Irish also play an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. EST against Marathon in the Joyce Center.
Notre Dame opens the regular season at 8:30 p.m. EST on Tues., November 16, at Ohio State in the first round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament. That game will be televised nationally on epsn2 (Dave Barrett, Bill Raftery). The Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season.
The first regularly-scheduled Irish home game is at 2:00 p.m. EST on Sun., November 21, against St. Francis (Pa.).
Notre Dame begins its fifth season of BIG EAST play at 7:30 p.m. EST on Wed., January 5, against defending national champion Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center.
The BIG EAST home opener is at 7:30 p.m. EST on Wed., January 12, against Boston College.
HEAD COACH MATT DOHERTY:
Notre Dame head basketball coach Matt Doherty is in his first year in charge of the Fighting Irish program and his first season as a collegiate head coach.
Doherty previously served as an assistant coach at Kansas for seven seasons from 1992-99 as the Jayhawks advanced to the NCAA tournament in each year, including a trip to the 1993 Final Four.
Doherty previously served as an assistant coach at Davidson for three seasons from 1989-92.
Doherty is a 1984 graduate of North Carolina and helped lead the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA title. Doherty became just the second player in Atlantic Coast Conference history, joining North Carolina's Walter Davis, to accumulate 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
MURPHY HONORED BY BIG EAST:
Notre Dame sophomore forward Troy Murphy (Morristown, N.J.) was named first team preseason all-BIG EAST for the 1999-2000 season by the league coaches. The honor was announced at BIG EAST Conference Media Day on Wed., October 25, 1999, and was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
Also named to the first team was: Khalid El-Amin of Connecticut, Johnny Hemsley of Miami, Erick Barkley of St. John's and Etan Thomas of Syracuse.
The second team was Kevin Freeman of Connecticut, Isaac Hawkins of Pittsburgh, Bootsy Thornton of St. John's, Jason Hart of Syracuse and Marcus Goree of West Virginia.
The preseason player of the year was El-Amin and the preseason rookie of the year was Ajou Deng of Connecticut.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR MURPHY:
Murphy earned 1999 BIG EAST rookie-of-the-year honors last year after averaging 19.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds to lead the Irish in both categories.
In addition to the BIG EAST honors, Murphy has already garnered a number of preseason accolades heading into the 1999-2000 campaign, including:
* Second Team All-America, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* Second Team All-America, Basketball News
* Honorable Mention All-America, Athlon
* Ranked second in country among centers, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* Ranked fourth in country among power forwards, Lindy's
* Ranked 11th in country among power forwards, The Sporting News
* First Team All-BIG EAST, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* First Team All-BIG EAST, Dick Vitale's College Basketball
* First Team All-BIG EAST, The Sporting News
* First Team All-BIG EAST, Lindy's
* Best NBA Prospect in BIG EAST, Lindy's
* Best Rebounder in BIG EAST, The Sporting News
* All-Windex Team (The kids can really clean the glass), Dick Vitale's College Basketball
CARROLL SPENDS SUMMER WITH USA TEAM:
Notre Dame freshman guard Matt Carroll (Horsham, Pa.) spent the summer as a member of the USA Basketball Junior National Team that played in the FIBA World Championships, which were held in Portugal in August. The United States won the silver medal in the event.
Carroll played in seven of the eight games the United States played and scored a combined 16 points to go along with three rebounds and four steals. He scored eight points in the United States' opening round win over China.
TICKETS ON SALE:
Tickets are currently on sale for the 1999-2000 basketball season.
Season tickets for all 18 home games are priced at $154 (plus $15 for handling per order) and available in the bleacher seats.
A special four-game Saturday package is available and includes the Vanderbilt (Dec. 4), Pittsburgh (Jan. 22), St. John's (Jan. 29) and Connecticut (Feb. 12) games. That package is priced at $30 (plus $15 for handling per order).
Single game tickets are now on sale at $15 for the lower arena (when available) and $8 for bleachers.
IRISH ON ESPN:
Notre Dame will make a minimum of three appearances on ESPN this season and one on espn2. The Irish game against Ohio State in the first round of the preseason National Invitation Tournament will be televised on espn2 (Nov. 16 at 8:30 p.m.). If Notre Dame advances to the semifinals and finals of the tournament, those games will be televised on ESPN.
Notre Dame games scheduled for ESPN are: Sat., February 19, at Seton Hall, 9:00 p.m. EST, Sat., February 26, at Miami (Fla.), 7:00 p.m. EST, Wed., March 1, vs. Syracuse, 9:00 p.m. EST.
IRISH ON THE RADIO:
Host/USA originates the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network for the 12th consecutive year in 1999-2000.
Jack Lorri will handle the play-by-play of all Notre Dame basketball games and this season marks his 31st year announcing Irish games. Lorri spent his first 14 years with Notre Dame as sports director of WTRC-AM in Elkhart, Ind., and then five years doing games on WGN-AM in Chicago before teaming up with Host/USA. He served as sports director for WSJV-TV in Elkhart for 13 years beginning in 1967 and did play-by-play for Kentucky football and basketball on WLAP in Lexington in 1961-63. Lorri also served as sports director of the Tribune Radio Network in Chicago.
Jack Nolan handles the color commentary on the network. He has been a sports anchor at WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, for more than a decade. He has done play-by-play of Irish basketball on both television and radio as well as on live telecasts of Notre Dame football. He is also the host of WNDU's highly successful Saturday and Sunday morning news broadcasts.
Stations scheduled to be on the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network this season are: WMAQ 670 AM in Chicago, WAUR 930 AM in Chicago, WNDV 1490 AM and 92.9 FM in South Bend, WEFM 95.9 FM in Michigan City, Ind., WLUV 96.7 FM and 1520 AM in Rockford, Ill., KHEP 1280 AM in Phoenix, Ariz., KATD 990 AM in San Francisco, Calif., KSAR 92.7 FM in Conway, Ark., and KIND 1010 AM in Independence, Kan.
All radio broadcasts of Notre Dame basketball games can also be heard through the World Wide Web at www.und.com.
NOTRE DAME ON CHICAGO RADIO:
WMAQ-AM radio will carry Notre Dame basketball games in the Chicago market again this season as part of the Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network originated by Host/USA. In addition, Chicago's WAUR-AM will also broadcast selected Irish games.
WMAQ-AM (670), with its 50,000-watt clear channel signal, covers a larger geographic area than any other radio station in Chicago. The station's other sports properties include the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks and the station is also affiliated with CNN Radio.
Notre Dame basketball games on WMAQ this season include: Dec. 4 against Vanderbilt, Dec. 11 at Miami (Ohio), Dec. 18 vs. VMI, Jan. 16 at Syracuse, Jan. 22 vs. Pittsburgh, Jan. 25 vs. Miami (Fla.), Jan. 29 vs. St. John's, Feb. 6 at Pittsburgh, Feb. 8 at Villanova, Feb. 12 vs. Connecticut, Feb. 19 at Seton Hall, Feb. 26 at Miami (Fla.) and March 4 at Georgetown.
Six more Irish games will be carried in the Chicago area on WAUR-AM (930). They include: Nov. 16 at Ohio State, Nov. 30 at Indiana, Dec. 8 vs. Valparaiso, Jan. 5 at Connecticut, Feb. 23 vs. Providence and March 1 vs. Syracuse.
NOTRE DAME STARTING LINE:
|3||Troy Murphy||PF||6-10||237||So.||19.2||9.9||53.8 FG%||'99 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year|
|34||David Graves||SF||6-6||208||So.||12.3||3.9||40.7 3FG%||Second-leading scorer on team last year|
|42||Harold Swanagan||C||6-7||252||So.||6.1||3.8||64.5 FG%||Scored in double figures in eight games last year|
|13||Matt Carroll||SG||6-6||200||Fr.||-||-||-||2-time AP Penn. player of year|
|24||Martin Ingelsby||PG||6-0||182||Jr.||8.2||1.9||122 assists.||Committed just one TO every 11.2 minutes|
NOTRE DAME OFF THE BENCH:
|11||Ivan Kartelo||C||6-11||247||Fr.||-||-||-||Injured leg in ISAS game|
|15||Jere Macura||F||6-9||218||Fr.||-||-||-||13 pts. off bench vs. ISAS|
|21||Jimmy Dillon||PG||6-2||178||Sr.||2.8||1.3||15.6 min./game||Has played 85 career games|
|22||Mike Monserez||G||6-6||192||Fr.||-||-||-||MVP of Ohio high school tournament last year|
|43||Sklyard Owens||F||6-4||220||Fr.||2.0||1.9||67.6 FG%||On scholarship this season|
|44||Todd Palmer||F||6-6||216||Sr.||1.8||1.3||43.3 FG%||Averaged 5.8 min./game last season|