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Notre Dame Basketball

Game Thread | Pitt at Notre Dame

March 5, 2022
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Pittsburgh (11-19, 6-13) at Notre Dame (21-9, 14-5)


Date: March 5

Time: 2:30 PM ET 

Where: Purcell Pavilion | Notre Dame, Ind.

TV: ESPNEWS | Jay Alter and Mike Lightfoot

Line: Notre Dame -12.5

O/U: 132.0

ACC Standings


Quick Facts 

- Notre Dame leads the all-time series 36-31, including 18-11 at home. 

- Mike Brey is 3-1 against Jeff Capel. 

- An Irish win would set a new program record for conference wins (15). 

- Notre Dame is 16-1 when shooting better than its opponent this season. 

- Notre Dame is the only major conference school in the country with two players in the top five in three-point field goal percentage - senior Nate Laszewski (.453) and classmate Dane Goodwin (.449).

- The Irish have connected on 10-or-more 3FGs 14 times this season (and are 13-1 in those contests).

- Prentiss Hubb has 380 career assists in ACC play. 

- Freshman Blake Wesley has scored 447 points this season. He would be the fourth freshman in program history to score over 500 in his rookie year.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Notre Dame

Name Points Rebounds Assists
Prentiss Hubb 8.8 3.2 3.9
Blake Wesley 14.9 3.6 2.5
Dane Goodwin 14.2 4.8 1.3
Cormac Ryan 7.8 4.8 1.9
Paul Atkinson Jr. 12.7 7.3 1.5

Pittsburgh

Name Points Rebounds Assists
Femi Odukale 11.3 3.4 3.5
Ithiel Horton 10.5 2.9 1.3
Jamarius Burton 12.8 3.7 2.5
Mouhamadou Gueye 9.6 6.2 1.1
John Hugley 14.8 8.1 1.3

 

Preview

Category Pittsburgh Notre Dame
Points  62.3 72.1
Opponent Points 67.8 66.6
FG% 41.7% 45.8%
Rebounds  34.3 34.3
Assists  11.1 13.9
Blocks 3.9 1.9
Steals 5.3 5.3

It’s Senior Day at Purcell Pavilion and Notre Dame’s seniors will have a chance to make a statement against a struggling Pitt team. The Irish have secured a double-bye in next week’s ACC Tournament, but second place is on the line.

Notre Dame can also make some school history as a 15th conference win would surpass the program record of 14 ACC wins in a season. 

Mike Brey’s team is coming off a disappointing loss in Tallahassee on Wednesday, but don’t expect the Irish to dwell on it as the focus has been finishing the year strong at home for the senior class. 

“We talked about our seniors and what we've done as we've moved on quickly,” Brey said on Wednesday following the Florida State game. “Talked a little bit about being able to control the defensive boards. We didn't do it enough tonight, but we've done it enough this year to put us in position. 

"I talked a little bit about our seniors and what they've meant not only this year to our program and Saturday is going to be a great day for us. Let's get out of here and move on." 

Every senior on the roster is able to return next season with the exception of Paul Atkinson Jr (for now), but Notre Dame will still need to manage the emotions of Senior Day as NCAA Tournament seeding is also on the line. 

”I've talked to them about it's our time,” stated Brey. “We can dream big dreams in the postseason because I think they are realistic. We'll see if we can play well for our seniors on Saturday and then set the tone for Brooklyn.” 

Pitt Last 5 Notre Dame Last 5
Duke (86-56) L at Florida State (74-70) L
Miami (85-64) L Georgia Tech (90-56) W
Georgia Tech (68-62) L Syracuse (79-69) W
at North Carolina (76-67) W at Wake Forest (79-74) L
NC State (71-69) W Boston College (99-95) W
 
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