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BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH at YELLOW JACKETS
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’s three-point shooting percentage in its last two road games (23-42). The Irish were 13-24 at Miami on Jan. 24, then 10-18 at Pittsburgh on Jan. 30.
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.
Statistical categories in which junior Nate Laszewski is among the top 10 in the country – EFG% (.727, 2nd); FG% (.623, ninth) and 3FG% (.509, 10th). 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.
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 Virginia (12.7) and Wright State (13.1) for the national lead.
Notre Dame’s 26-point victory at Pittsburgh on Jan. 30, followed by the 21-point win agains Wake Forest on Feb. 2, marked the first time since the Irish joined the ACC (2013-14) that the team has won back-to-back games by 20 points or more.
Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will be meeting for the 24th time Saturday evening, with the Irish holding a 12-11 lead in the series. Notre Dame has won four in a row against the Yellow Jackets and will be looking to win five straight for the first time in the series between the two teams.
Rebounds pulled down in the last three games by Nate Laszewski, who has bolstered his rebounds-per-game average from 4.6 last season to 8.2 in 2020-21 – a mark that ranks third in the ACC entering this weekend’s action.
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who 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 219) and seventh among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200 assists in ACC play.
Career assists for Prentiss Hubb, who is one of just two major conference players to have over 380 assists and 150 three point field goals in a career. The other two players are in their fifth season of action, Hubb is in his third. See page 4 for more details.
School-record men’s basketball victories at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the 10th most for any active NCAA Division coach at his current institution.
Notre Dame Associate Head Coach Rod Balanis is a 1994 graduate of Georgia Tech and played for legendary Yellow Jacket head coach Bobby Cremins. Balanis was a part of teams that made four trips to the NCAA Championship tournament while earning two Sweet 16 berths and a trip to the 1990 Final Four in Denver, Colorado.
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 utlize the second month of the year as a springboard up the league standings. The Irish are 1-0 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 27-20 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 25-15 in February (.625) 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 244 career assists are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 384 career assists as well (see sidebar, page 6).
- Hubb also has connected at 159 career three-point field goals, giving him over 380+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
- He joins Wisconsin’s D’Mitrick Trice and Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon – both of whom are in their fifth season of action – as the only major conference players with 350+ assists and 150+ 3FGM.
- Among all Division I players, Hubb is among 16 who have posted 380+ assists and 150+ 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.