Nov. 21, 2013
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
If Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey had it his way, the Irish would have been back on the court playing a game 48 hours following his team's 83-70 loss at home to Indiana State last Sunday afternoon. As the 14-year head coach will tell you that is sometimes the best way for any squad to recover from a loss.
But as the schedule played out, the Irish (2-1) will have had more than five days to think about last Sunday's setback to the Sycamores before taking the court Friday night at 9 p.m. (ET) against Santa Clara. It's a long time to wait for both him and his players.
"The way the schedule worked its way out, we've had a lot of time to think about this game," Brey says. "It's a long time between 3 p.m. last Sunday until 9 p.m. Friday night. But I liked how we approached this week. In the locker room, I challenged our leaders to see how we would respond to the loss. We've not had adversity that often in the month of November, especially at home, so this will be a good test for us. `How do we bounce back?'"
Prior to Sunday's loss to the Sycamores, Notre Dame had been 48-0 at home in the month of November under Brey and had won 51 straight games at home in the month dating back to a 76-65 setback to Miami of Ohio on Nov. 13, 1998.
Friday night's game against the Broncos marks the second meeting ever between the two schools. The other showdown was on December 31, 1970, as the Irish came away with an 85-83 overtime victory at home.
The Broncos enter the contest with an identical 2-1 record and are coming off a loss of their own -- an 86-73 defeat at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 16.
Santa Clara finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 26-12 record that saw the Broncos win their second postseason title in three years as they captured the CBI. The Broncos are in somewhat of a rebuilding year under seventh-year head coach Kerry Keating. Santa Clara lost five seniors to graduation last spring that combined for 13,455 minutes, 6,188 career points, 2149 rebounds, 705 assists and 492 steals.
The Broncos are led by rookie Jared Browning and junior Brandon Clark who are averaging 20.3 ppg., and 15.3 ppg., respectively.
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