NOTRE DAME RELEASE
WHO: No. 1 Notre Dame (20-14) vs. No. 8 Hampton (19-15)
WHAT: 2018 National Invitation Tournament First Round Game
WHERE: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 9 p.m. ET
ESPN national broadcast with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Robbie Hummel (analyst). Available anywhere the WatchESPN app is accessible.
Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Zach Hillesland (anlyst). Available locally at WSBT AM 960/FM 96.1, worldwide on WatchND.tv and via network affiliates (listed on page eight of the notes package).
Here are Five Things To Know about the Notre Dame – Hampton game…
IRISH HOST HAMPTON IN FIRST ROUND OF THE NIT
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (20-14) continues its 2017-18 in the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday, March 13, as the Irish play host to Hampton (19-15) on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Notre Dame is one of four number-one seeds in the NIT, while Hampton – the MEAC regular-season champion – is seeded eighth.
Senior Martinas Geben led all ACC players in offensive rebounds per game during the ACC tournament, pulling down 13 in three games (4.33 pg).
Senior Bonzie Colson was named to the 2018 ACC All-Tournament Second Team after averaging 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. It is the second career ACC all-tournament selection for Colson, who was a first-team honoree in 2017.
Martinas Geben and Bonzie Colson combined to average 14.3 rebounds per game in the ACC tournament, the top two-player combination of any team in the tournament. Geben and Colson both pulled down 44 rebounds in three games.
NOTRE DAME – HAMPTON SERIES HISTORY
Notre Dame and Hampton will be meeting for the first time on Tuesday evening. The Pirates earned an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament by virtue of their regular season title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Hampton advanced to the MEAC tournament championship game, but suffered a 71-63 setback to North Carolina Central.
Hampton won 12 of its final 14 games of the season, including a 10-game win streak from Feb. 5 through the MEAC semifinal game to claim control of the MEAC regular-season crown. Sophomore guard Jermaine Marrow paces the Pirate offense, scoring 19. 1 ppg. Hampton has earned three MEAC titles (2011, 2015, 2016) and made three trips to the NCAA tournament (2011, 2015, 2016) and earned an NCAA tourney win over Manhattan in 2015.
Notre Dame is 5-0 all-time against MEAC teams, most recently a 107-53 victory over North Carolina A&T on December 4, 2016.
WINNINGEST CLASS AT NOTRE DAME
The 2017-18 senior class of Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell, Martinas Geben, Matt Gregory and graduate student Austin Torres has set the mark as the all-time winningest senior class at Notre Dame.
The 2016-17 senior class of Steve Vasturia, V.J. Beachem and graduate student Patrick Mazza and the the 2012-13 group of Joey Brooks, Mike Broghammer, Jack Cooley and Scott Martin previously held the school record with 97 wins.
BY THE NUMBERS – IRISH IN THE NIT
Notre Dame leads the country in personal fouls per game (12.9) and is third in fewest fouls committed (439).
Only two players in Notre Dame history posted 1,600 points, 850 rebounds and 150 blocked shots in their collegiate careers – senior forward Bonzie Colson and current Irish assistant coach Ryan Humphrey.
Entering post season play, sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs has logged 1,280 minutes in 2017-18, the fourth-most in the country.
Notre Dame and Hampton will be meeting for the first time on Tuesday evening. The Irish are 5-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC.
Finishing the ACC tournament with 20 assists in three games, senior Matt Farrell has moved up to 400 assists with 189 three-point field goals. He is the sixth Notre Dame player to reach 150 3FGM with 400 assists. Should he reach 200 3FGM in the postseason, only two other Notre Dame players have achieved 200 3FGM with 400 assists.
Dishing out a career-best 12 assists against Duke on March 8, Matt Farrell became the 11th Irish player to post 12 assists in a single game (tied for the fourth-best in Notre Dame history). Farrell also scored 11 points in the game, earning his second career double-double.
Notre Dame is making its 12th appearance in the NIT. The Irish advanced to the NIT championship game in 1973, 1984, 1992 and 2000 – while also making the semifinals in 2009.
Trailing by 21 points in the ACC tournament second round against Virginia Tech, Notre Dame rallied for a 71-65 victory and posted the program’s greatest come-from-behind victory. It surpassed the 20-point rally at Villanova on Feb. 18, 2012.
Notre Dame is 26-11 all-time in the NIT and 14-3 at Purcell Pavilion.
Combined games missed due to injury this season by Bonzie Colson (15), Matt Farrell (5) freshman forward D.J. Harvey (13) and junior Rex Pflueger (1).
Senior Martinas Geben is shooting 85 percent (.849) at the free throw line this season (79-93), a mark that would rank 13th on the Notre Dame single-season list. He is 37-for-his-last 41 from the charity stripe (.902) in his last 14 games played.
The 2017-18 senior class has set the mark as the all-time winningest four-year class in Notre Dame basketball history and became the first group to win 100 games in four seasons against Pittsburgh on Feb. 28.
With 501 career wins, Mike Brey is the 11th active coach to reach that career milestone coaching at just one or two institutions. See page 3 of the notes package for more details.
Career rebounds by Bonzie Colson, the 11th Notre Dame player to collect 850 rebounds in a career. He also is just the fifth Irish player to reach the 1,600-point / 850-rebound statistical plateaus.