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Hoops Preview: Saint Peter's (5-6) vs #24 Notre Dame (10-2)

December 27, 2016

Saint Peter’s (5-6) vs #24 Notre Dame (10-2)

Date: December 28th
Where: Purcell Pavilion
Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV: ACC Network Extra

Quick Facts

- Notre Dame holds a 4-0 advantage over Saint Peter’s all-time.
- The Peacocks made the trip to South Bend in 1999 and the Irish prevailed 85-67.
- Mike Brey’s teams are 15-1 in the first game after Christmas.
- Rex Pflueger has played 210 minutes this season and still has not recorded a turnover.
- Notre Dame is also still the top-ranked team from the free throw line at 85.6 percent.  

The Starters

(Per Game Averages)
Notre Dame
Matt Farrell: 13.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 6.0 apg
Steve Vasturia: 14.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.3 apg
VJ Beachem: 15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.2 apg
Bonzie Colson: 16.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 2.0 apg
Martina Geben: 4.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 0.9 apg

Saint Peter’s

Trevis Wyche: 10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.9 apg
Nnamdi Enechionyia: 5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 0.5 apg
Antwon Portley: 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.9 apg
Chazz Patterson: 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.7 apg
Quadir Welton: 14.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.7 apg

How They Matchup

(National Rank)
Scoring Offense: Saint Peter’s: 65.6 ppg (313) – Notre Dame: 85.3 ppg (20)
Scoring Defense: Saint Peter’s: 66.3 ppg (76) – Notre Dame: 66.3 (75)
Rebound Margin: Saint Peter’s: 2.4 (153) – Notre Dame: 2.9 (126)
Field-Goal Percentage: Saint Peter’s: 39.9% (318) – Notre Dame: 47.9% (48)
Three-Point Percentage: Saint Peter’s: 33.5% (232) – Notre Dame: 40.6% (18)
Three-Pointers Made: Saint Peter’s: 6.9 (219) – Notre Dame: 10.6 (8)
Free-Throw Percentage: Saint Peter’s: 67.4% (230) – Notre Dame: 85.6 (1)

This will be a big game in terms of shaking off the rust before ACC play begins Saturday at Pittsburgh. The Irish should handle the Peacocks with ease on Wednesday night, but it’s important to get VJ Beachem into a rhythm early and then get guys like John Mooney and Elijah Burns as much work as possible.

The ability for Brey to keep his young guys engaged, but also in game shape is crucial, as he will likely need Mooney and Burns as ACC play starts.

Saint Peter’s will get after Notre Dame on the defensive end, but they aren’t a great shooting team and I would expect them to shoot well below the 39 percent from the field they are averaging on the year.

Wednesday should be a 20-point win and a chance for everyone to get some playing time before the second season begins this weekend.
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