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Notre Dame vs. Wichita State - Five Things To Know

Nov. 22, 2017

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WHO: #13/12 Notre Dame (5-0) vs. #6/8 Wichita State (4-0) 

WHAT: 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Championship Game

WHERE: Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 10:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. HT)

BROADCAST INFORMATION: 

ESPN2 with Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst). 

Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Zach Hillesland (analyst). Available via network affiliates, locally in the Notre Dame area at WSBT AM960/FM 96.1 or at WatchND.tv. 

Here are Five Things to Know about the Irish - Shockers championship game...

NOTRE DAME - WICHITA STATE SERIES HISTORY

The Last Meeting
Wichita State70
Notre Dame81
March 26, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)
Notre Dame Races by Wichita State 81-70 for Elite Eight Spot
Notre Dame's march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semifinals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.

The Irish and Shockers will be meeting for the fourth time and the first since the 2015 NCAA Championship Sweet 16 showdown. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 2-1. Of the current Irish players, only Bonzie Colson played in that 2015 NCAA meeting, scoring six points with two rebounds in 14 minutes.

Date

ND Rank

Opp Rank

Opponent

W/L

ND

Opp

City

Site

1/24/1990

Wichita State

W

88

78

Notre Dame, IN

Purcell Pavilion

1/10/1991

Wichita State

L

50

60

Wichita, KS

Charles Koch Arena

3/26/2015

8 / 8

14 / 13

Wichita State

W

81

70

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

* - 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

FARRELL EMBRACES IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE

Matt Farrell, the 2016 Legends Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player, has developed a penchant for big performances during in-season tournaments over the past two seasons. Focusing on the on-site matchups, Farrell is averaging 20.5 points and shooting .480 from three-point range in the wins over Colorado and Northwestern in the 2016 Legends Classic and the two victories this week in Maui.

FG

3FG

FT

REB

FOUL

PTS

ASSIST

TO

BLK

STL

MIN

Colorado

7-13

2-4

4-4

2

3

20

6

0

0

3

32

Northwestern

5-11

2-4

6-6

3

2

18

6

1

0

1

34

Chaminade

9-12

4-7

5-7

0

2

27

4

4

0

1

30

LSU

5-14

4-10

3-3

1

0

17

7

1

0

1

31

Totals

26-50

12-25

18-20

6

7

82

23

6

0

6

127

Averages

.520

.480

.900

20.5

5.7


A SEASON OF MILESTONES AHEAD FOR Mike Brey

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is poised to reach three key milestones in his coaching career this season.

Brey is seven wins away from becoming the all-time wins leader at Notre Dame (386 current, 393 is the record).

Brey is 13 wins away from 400 at Notre Dame, which would make him the 13th active coach to have 400 wins at his current school.

Brey is 14 wins away from 500 in his coaching career, on pace to become the 31st active coach to reach 500 career wins.

Should Brey reach the 500-win barrier, he will join Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams, Greg Kampe, Tony Shaver, Tom Izzo, Fran Dunphy, Bob McKillop, Jay Wright and Mark Few as the only current coaches to win 500 or more games while coaching at just one or two schools.

GIBBS THREE FOR 20

Sophomore T.J. Gibbs lost over 17 pounds in the offseason, anticipating a larger workload in the Irish offense. He has delivered thus far through five games, scoring 20 or more points three times, including a career-best 26 against LSU in the Maui Invitational semifinal.

The three 20-point performances are also the first three of Gibbs’ career at Notre Dame.

NOTRE DAME vs. WICHITA STATE - BY THE NUMBERS

2

Notre Dame will be looking to add a second consecutive in-season tournament title on Wednesday eveing, as the Irish earned the 2016 Legends Classic title at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, New York last season.

3

Notre Dame is making its third appearance in the Maui Invitational, having made the trip to the island in 1993 and 2008. The Irish are 6-3 all-time in Maui Invitational (including the 2017 regional game victory over Mount St. Mary’s, 5-3 on the island after wins in the opening round and semifinal this season). 

3 II

Under Mike Brey, the Irish have earned three in-season tournament titles, the 2001 Hawaii-Pacific Thanksgiving Classic, the 2010 Old Spice Classic and the 2016 Legends Classic (led by tournament MVP Matt Farrell).

5

Notre Dame has started a season 5-0 for the second consecutive year and fifth time in the Mike Brey era. Last season, the Irish set the mark for Brey era season beginnings with a 9-0 record. The 2001-02, 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2016-17 teams also started the year 5-0.

5 < 40

In its five victories this season, Notre Dame has yet to allow an opponent to shoot over .400 from the floor. The Irish have held to DePaul to .338, Mount St. Mary’s to .383, Chicago State to .361, Chaminade to .353 and LSU to .365.

7

Notre Dame has won seven consecutive in-season tournament games (four in the 2016 Legends Classic and three in this season’s Maui Invitational), posting the best streak of the Mike Brey era. From 1952-1957, the Irish won nine consecutive in-season tournament games, including two Sugar Bowl Tournament titles, and ECAC Holiday tourney title and the 1957 Hoosier Classic.

15

Notre Dame connected on a season-high 15 three-point field goals in the semifinal victory over LSU. The Irish have made 10 or more three-point field goals three times in five games this season. The 15 3FGs also matched a Notre Dame record in the Maui Invitational with the 15 hit against North Carolina in the 2008 championship game.

26

Career-high points scored in the Maui Invitational semifinal win over LSU by sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs. Gibbs also connected on a personal-best six three-point FGs in the game and has scored over 20 points in three of Notre Dame’s five victories this season. 

740

Career rebounds for Bonzie Colson, the 10th Irish player to reach the 1,300-point, 700-rebound career plateau. He posted his 26th career double-double in the semifinal win over LSU with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


 

 

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