Nov. 25, 2011
Notre Dame (4-2) vs. Bryant (1-4)
Nov. 27, 2011 o 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (9,149)
Notre Dame, Ind.
Live Video Broadcast:
Broadcast on UND.com
Jack Nolan (play-by-play)
LaPhonso Ellis (analyst)
IRISH RETURN HOME TO FACE BRYANT ON SUNDAY
- Notre Dame (4-2) will play host to Bryant College (1-4) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. (ET).
- A free live video broadcast of Sunday's game will be available on UND.com. The Fighting Irish Digital Media radio crew of Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (analyst) will call the action (radio affiliate listings on Pg. 5).
- This will be the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Bryant.
- Bryant is a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC). Notre Dame is 24-0 all-time against teams currently in the NEC. The last time the Irish faced an NEC opponent was during the 2009-10 season when they captured a 95-72 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.).
- Notre Dame currently has a 23-game home win streak.
PROGRESSIVE CBE CLASSIC
- Notre Dame finished fourth in the Progressive CBE Classic. The Fighting Irish went 2-0 in regional-round action by capturing home wins over Detroit (59-53) and Sam Houston State (74-41). The Irish fell to Missouri, 87-58, in the semifinals and then suffered a 61-57 setback to Georgia in the third-place game. Missouri won the event by topping California, 92-53, in the final.
- Sophomores Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins along with freshman Pat Connaughton accounted for 43 of Notre Dame's 57 points in the Georgia contest. Grant, who sat out all of last season, scored a career-best - and game-high - 20 points, while Atkins and Connaughton chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
- Grant has reached double-figures in points a team-best five times this season. Atkins and Connaughton have both reached double-digits three times.
- Five Notre Dame players - Tim Abromaitis, Eric Atkins, Pat Connaughton, Jerian Grant and Scott Martin - have scored 20 or more points in a game this season.
GRANT HAS ALL-AROUND GAME
- Sophomore guard Jerian Grant has team-high totals in points (82) and assists (27) and is tied for the team lead in steals (7). He is shooting 56.8% (25-44) from the field, which includes a 57.9% (11-19) mark from three-point range.
ABRO IMPRESSIVE IN RETURN
A RARE OCCURANCE
- Five different Irish players - Joey Brooks (Jr./G), Jack Cooley (Jr./F), Jerian Grant (So./G), Alex Dragicevich (So./G) and Pat Connaughton (Fr./G-F) - have made their first career start this season. Notre Dame has used four different starting lineups in its first six games of the season.
LEAGUE HONORS FOR GRANT
- Sophomore guard Jerian Grant, who sat out all of last season, on Monday was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for his efforts in the first four games of the season. Grant scored in double-figures in all four contests, including two 17-point performances.
- Grant became the first first-year Notre Dame player to reach double-figures in points in his first four games since Luke Harangody began his career with five straight double-digit games during the 2006-07 season.
DRAINING FROM DEEP
- The Irish have registered 10 or more three-pointers in a game twice this season. Notre Dame drained 10 treys (on 19 attempts) against Sam Houston State and followed that up with an 11-for-23 performance versus Delaware State. The Fighting Irish made 10 or more three-pointers in a game seven times last season.
COOLEY CRASHING THE BOARDS
FRESHMAN ON FIRE
ATKINS ON THE ATTACK
ABROMAITIS EARNS PRESEASON ACCOLADES
- Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis has been selected to the preseason watch lists for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. Both awards are presented annually to the national player of the year. Fifty student-athletes appear on both watch lists.
- Abromaitis was named to the six-man preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.
- The Fighting Irish forward also is one of 30 candidates up for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
414 AND COUNTING
- Notre Dame has made at least one three-pointer in 414 straight contests dating back to the 1998-99 campaign. The Fighting Irish have made at least one three pointer during every game of the Mike Brey era. The last time an Irish team failed to hit a three-pointer in a game was in a 101-70 loss to Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center on Jan. 12, 1999. Notre Dame finished 0-7 from beyond the arc in that contest. In 2008-09, the Irish set a single-season three-point record with 319.
- Seven teams on Notre Dame's 2011-12 schedule are ranked in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll. Five of the squads - #4 Connecticut, #5 Syracuse, #7 Louisville, #16 Marquette and #17 Pittsburgh - are BIG EAST foes, while the Fighting Irish faced #21 Missouri on Monday and will also meet #19 Gonzaga in non-conference action. The Irish will face fourth-ranked UConn twice during the regular season.
BACK TO THE BB&T
- Notre Dame will battle instate rival Indiana in the inaugural Crossroads Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The game between the Irish and the Hoosiers is part of a doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 17. Purdue and Butler meet in the first game at 2:00 p.m. (ET) followed by Notre Dame and Indiana at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
- Notre Dame will have 17 television appearances during the 2011-12 season. The Irish will appear on ESPN's family of networks 16 times in addition to being on CBS once.
- Freshman guard/forward Pat Connaughton also is a pitcher on the Fighting Irish baseball team. Connaughton is the 66th Notre Dame student-athlete to compete in both basketball and baseball and the first to do so since Tom Hansen during the 1973-74 academic year.
- Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin will captain the Fighting Irish during the 2011-12 season. Abromaitis is the 19th player in program history to serve as a two-time team captain.
WHAT A RUN
- Mike Brey is in his 12th season along the Irish sidelines. He is the third-longest tenured coach in the BIG EAST, behind only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut. Brey stands sixth all-time in career BIG EAST victories (both regular-season and tournament) with his 119-83 (.589) mark. He is one of eight coaches in BIG EAST history to record 100 conference wins.