NOTRE DAME MBB: IRISH AND BLUE DEVILS MEET ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON
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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at BLUE DEVILS
In its eighth season in the ACC, Notre Dame has failed to finish .500 or above in the month of February just once (2018-19) – including 6-2 last season – and the second month of the year as keyed some memorable rises in the league standings. See page 4 for more details.
Notre Dame career field goal percentage for graduate forward Juwan Durham, which would rank him fifth on the Irish career charts since 1996-97 for a player with at least 200 FGM. See page 4 for more.
Field goal percentage over the past seven games for Juwan Durham, who is in the midst of his most consistent stretch of play for the Irish in his fifth season. Over those past seven games Durham is averaging 13.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Juwan Durham is just below the statistical cut off to qualify for the national leaders in FG% (5 FGM/G, Durham is at 4.1).
Expand the field just a bit to 70 total FGM and Durham (.583, 70 FGM) combines with junior forward Nate Laszewski (.643, 92 FGM) to give Notre Dame the only major conference team in the nation with two players shooting over .580 this season with 70 FGM.
Statistical categories in which Nate Laszewski is among the top 10 in the country – EFG% (.727, 1st); FG% (.643, seventh) and 3FG% (.525, fifth). Laszewski is the only major conference player in the nation shooting .600 from the field, .500 from 3FG range and averaging over 8.0 rebounds per game.
So far this season, Notre Dame has lost five scheduled games to COVID-19 safety guidelines, while two other games (last Saturday at Pittsburgh, Feb. 20 at Syracuse) are rescheduled contests that were also lost to COVID-19 issues. Notre Dame’s Jan. 6 home game with Georgia Tech has yet to be rescheduled.
You would be hard-pressed to find a more improved player in the country than Nate Laszewski, in addition to increasing his scoring average by over eight points entering Tuesday’s game, he has increased his FG% from .410 a season ago to .643 and his three-point percentage fro .310 to .525.
Notre Dame’s NCAA-leading fouls per game number, as the Irish continue their tradition of not fouling the opponent to allow easy points late in a contest. The Irish are ahead of Wright State (12.8 ) and Virginia (12.9) for the national lead.
Points scored by junior guard Dane Goodwin the first match up between Notre Dame and Duke in December of 2020. Goodwin finished the game 10-of-12 from the field.
Assists handed out by junior guard Prentiss Hubb in the past six games, including back-to-back 10 assists performances against Wake Forest (2/2/21) and at Georgia Tech (2/6/21).
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who has passed Torin Francis (157) to move into fourth on the Notre Dame career list. Durham is one of just three Irish players to average over 2.0 blocks per game in a career (LaPhonso Ellis, current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey).
Career assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb – the most of any active ACC player (Xavier Johnson, Pitt, is second with 226) and sixth among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200, then 250 assists in ACC play.
Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 390 assists and 150 three point field goals in a career, joining Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon who is in his fifth year of competition.
As Hubb closes in on becoming the 13th Notre Dame player to reach 400 assists, his surge of assists lately has landed him among the nation’s leaders. In overall assists, Hubb is t-15th with 101 and t-18th with 5.9 apg. In conference play, Hubb is t-7th in total assists (76) and ninth in apg (6.9).
FEBRUARY = ACC SURGES FOR IRISH HOOPS
In three of the last four seasons, Notre Dame has entered the month of February on a downward trend, only to utilize the second month of the year as a springboard up the league standings. The Irish are 1-1 in February so far this season.
2016-17 – Notre Dame finished January 0-3, then dropped the first game of February before finishing the month with five straight victories. The Irish finished the season 12-6 in the ACC and advanced to the ACC Championship game and the second round of the NCAA tournament.
2017-18 – Knocked back by injuries, the Irish limped into February with six consecutive losses and again lost their first game of the month. Notre Dame persevered to finish 5-3 in February, win two games in the ACC tournament and were widely recognized as the final team left out of the NCAA tournament.
2019-20 – Losing four of six games entering February and saddled by a 2-6 conference record, Notre Dame finished 6-2 through an eight-game February ACC slate to eventually finish 10-10 in the league and win its first game in the ACC tournament before the post season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Irish are 27-21 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 25-16 in February (.609) and has failed to win at least four games only once (the aforementioned 2018-19 season).
HUBB’S ASSISTS/THREE POINT SHOOTING AMONG THE BEST IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Prentiss Hubb’s 254 career assists in league play are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 394 career assists as well (see sidebar, page 6).
Hubb also has connected at 161 career three-point field goals, giving him over 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.
He joins Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – in his fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM.
Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 16 players who have posted 390+ assists and 160+ 3FGM. He and UConn’s R.J. Cole are the only players to reach those marks in their third season of action (all 16 others are either in their fourth or fifth season of eligibility).
CHARTING LASZEWSKI’S HOT SHOOTING
Junior Nate Laszewski has established himself as one of the best and most efficient shooters in college basketball this season.