(NOTRE DAME RELEASE)
BY THE NUMBERS: IRISH vs. DEMON DEACONS
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.
Statistical categories in which junior Nate Laszewski is among the top 11 in the country – EFG% (.746, 2nd); FG% (.637, 11th) and 3FG% (.519, 6th).
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 meeting with Georgia Tech has yet to be rescheduled.
Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be meeting for the 12th time on Tuesday afternoon, with the Irish leading the all-time series 6-5. Glenn and Stacey Murphy Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey and WF head coach Steve Forbes will be meeting as head coaches for the first time Tuesday afternoon as well.
Assists handed out by junior guard Prentiss Hubb over the past three games. He also has shot .488 from the field, .590 from 3FG and averaged 19.3 points in the last three games for the Irish.
Point differential in the victory at Pittsburgh on Saturday, the third-best for the Irish since they joined the ACC in 2013-14 (30 pts. vs. NC State on 1/3/18; 27 pts. vs. BC on 1/13/16).
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 8.1 in 2020-21 – a mark that ranks third in the ACC entering this week’s action.
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.
A recent project by CBSSports.com ranked the ‘Greatest College Basketball Programs Ever’ with Notre Dame placing 23rd on the list and sixth in the ACC. Notre Dame will face eight of the teams ranked above them this year a total of nine times: No. 19 NC State, No. 14 Michigan State (0-1), No. 12 Ohio State (0-1), No. 11 Syracuse, No. 6 Louisville, No. 3 Duke (0-1, twice), No. 2 North Carolina (0-1), No. 1 Kentucky (1-0).
Assists in ACC play for Prentiss Hubb this season, which is seventh in the country entering this week’s action among major conference players. His assist-per-game average of 6.2 would rank fifth among major conference players.
Average points scored by Notre Dame’s last three opponents, the best three-game stretch of ACC defense since the 2017-18 season when the Irish held their first three league opponents to 59-58-49 (55.3).
Career blocked shots for Juwan Durham, who passed Bonzie Colson (155) for fifth-place on the Notre Dame career list against Pittsburgh. 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 212) and sixth among all active major conference players. Hubb is the first Irish player to record 200 assists in ACC play.
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.
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.
- 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 26-20 in February as a member of the ACC. Remove the outlier February in 2018-19 (2-5) and Notre Dame is 24-15 in February (.615) 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 234 career assists are the most of any active ACC player. The Upper Marlboro, MD, native is up to 374 career assists as well (see sidebar, this page).
- Hubb also has connected at 157 career three-point field goals, giving him over 350+ 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 18 who have posted 350+ 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.