NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL RELEASE
Game 16: Notre Dame (10-5, 0-2) vs. Boston College (9-5, 0-2)
Date Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Location Purcell Pavilion | Notre Dame, IN
IRISH RETURN TO ACTION AFTER OFF WEEK TO FACE BOSTON COLLEGE
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (10-5, 0-2 ACC) returns to action after an off week to take on Boston College (9-5, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday at noon ET in Purcell Pavilion. The program will welcome Bob Whitmore (1965-69) as the 13th member of the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor at halftime of the game.
NOTRE DAME VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE
Notre Dame and Boston College will be meeting for the 32nd time on Saturday afternoon, with the Irish leading the all-time series 21-10.
The Irish have won all 10 matchups against the Eagles as ACC opponents and the last 11 meetings overall (the final victory as BIG EAST opponents a 68-65 victory over No. 4/4 Boston College in Purcell Pavilion on Feb. 8, 2005).
Boston College joins Georgia Tech as Notre Dame’s designated home-and-home games each season of ACC play. The Irish will play at Boston College on Feb. 2, 2019.
While the Irish and Eagles have been conference opponents since 1995, the two teams have only met once in the postseason – and as non-conference opponents. Notre Dame defeated Boston College in the 1984 postseason NIT in Springfield, Massachusetts, 66-52.
WIN STREAK RESEARCH
Notre Dame’s 11-game run against the Eagles is tied for the 10th-longest against current Division I opponents in school history.
The 11-game streak is tied for the second-longest current streak against Division I foes, behind the 13 games vs. St. Francis (Pennsylvania) and the 11-game streak against DePaul that was extended earlier this season (95-70, Nov. 24, 2018).
An 11-game win streak is tied for the longest for the Irish against a conference opponent – Notre Dame won 11 straight against BIG EAST Conference foe West Virginia from February 21, 1999 through January 19, 2005.
NOTRE DAME vs. BOSTON COLLEGE – BY THE NUMBERS
Junior guard T.J. Gibbs ranks second in the ACC for assist/turnover ratio (3.41), joining freshman backcourt mate Prentiss Hubb (6th, 2.17) in the top 10.
Junior Juwan Durham leads the ACC in blocked shots per game with a 3.29 average (46 total in 14 games played). Entering the weekend, he is third in the NCAA for blocks per game.
With a 9.4 average, Notre Dame ranks fourth in the country in turnovers per game, trailing Virginia, St. Joseph’s, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Bolstered by Juwan Durham’s 3.29 average, Notre Dame ranks sixth in the country in blocked shots per game (5.93).
Junior John Mooney leads the ACC in double-doubles (7) and has eight in his career. Mooney also paces the ACC in 10-rebound performances with nine.
Notre Dame is honoring Bob Whitmore (1965-69) on Saturday as he enters the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor. He will be the eighth former Notre Dame men’s basketball player or coach added to the Ring – the Irish have won all seven previous games in which and induction has been held (see Page 9 for more details).
The Irish rank second in the ACC in three-point field goals made per game, averaging 9.27 per contest. Notre Dame has connected on nine or more 3FGs in a game eight of 14 contests this season.
Notre Dame, on average, is committing just 13.3 personal fouls per game – which is tied with Furman for the NCAA lead.
Juwan Durham has 18 blocked shots in the last four Notre Dame games and has already moved into the top 20 on the single-season block list at Notre Dame (15th, see sidebar on Page 8 for the complete list).
Notre Dame and Boston College will be meeting for the 32nd time on Saturday afternoon. The Irish lead the all-time series 21-10, including wins in the last 11 meetings (and all 10 meetings as ACC opponents).
Bob Whitmore (1965-69), entering the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor on Saturday afternoon, compiled 47 double-doubles at Notre Dame – the third-most in school history.
Bob Whitmore led the DeMatha Catholic Stags, coached by Morgan Wootten (who will be in attendance at Saturday’s game) to a 46-43 victory over Power Memorial (New York) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on January 30, 1965, ending Memorial’s 71-game win streak. Known as perhaps the greatest high school game ever played, Whitmore would also go up against Jabbar in the Joyce Center (then known as the Athletic and Convocation Center) Dedication game on December 7, 1968.
With 512 career wins, Mike Brey is the 11th active coach to reach 500 wins coaching at just one or two institutions.
T.J. Gibbs is now just 59 points away from reaching 1,000 in his career at Notre Dame and will become the 63rd Irish player to reach that career scoring plateau. Notre Dame is tied for fifth in NCAA history for 1,000-point scorers (see page 3 for more details).
The Notre Dame – D.C. area pipeline will be celebrated on Saturday when Bob Whitmore is inducted into the Purcell Pavilion Ring of Honor. D.C.-area natives have combined to score over 17,800 points for Notre Dame men’s basketball throughout the program’s history.