|GAME 23:||NOTRE DAME (10-12, 2-9) vs. WAKE FOREST (14-9, 6-6)|
|WHEN:||SATURDAY, FEB. 4 | 1 p.m. ET|
|WHERE:||SOUTH BEND, IN | PURCELL PAVILION|
|WATCHING:||RSN | HOW TO WATCH|
|I’M LISTENING:||NOTRE DAME RADIO NETWORK | PRESS HERE|
|SOCIAL:||@NDMBB | #GOIRISH|
Virgin Mary Notes |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s basketball team will look to build on last week’s win in Louisville and a much-needed rest next week and make it two straight when Wake Forest comes to town. The Irish and Demon Deacons square off on Saturday, February 4th with a 1:00pm ET tip-off at Purcell Pavilion. The game will be broadcast on RSN – a full list of channels can be found in the table above.
ND vs. WAKE
Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Wake 8-6 as Saturday will mark the 15th meeting between the two. The Irish also own a strong 5-1 mark against the Demon Deacons at home.
Last season, the Irish fell at Wake 79-74. The match featured 12 lead changes and four ties. In terms of returning/current players who made an impact in this game – Cormac Ryan scored 12 points while Nate Laszewski added 11. The Irish shot better, 47.1 percent to their 41.4. However, Wake dominated the boards 43-27.
Notre Dame’s offense may falter at times, but you can’t argue with the team’s three-point shooting ability. The Irish are 1st in the ACC in three-pointers made per game and 2nd in three-point shooting percentage. They are averaging 9.3 3-pointers per game, which would rank 4th all-time in program history – the program record is 9.7 set by the 19-20 team. This number also ranks 22nd in the country.
They are converting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks 43rd nationally.
Since Nov. 30 (16 games), Notre Dame has knocked down 158 3-pointers (9.9 per game), which leads all Power-Five schools since that date and ranks ninth overall.
Most recently, the Irish have hit double-digit three-pointers in three of their last five games.
23 IN ’23
Goodwin has found his offensive rhythm and is Notre Dame’s best player right now with 10 straight games in double figures. He has scored 131 points in the last 10 games, averaging 13.1 points per game. He is 54-of-117 (.462) from the field in that stretch.
In 2023 (8 games), Goodwin is averaging 13.1 points per game. Plus, he’s also been more active on the glass in 2023, grabbing 55 boards over the last 8 games, aka 6.9 rpg.
He had a season-high 6 assists with his 15 points at Syracuse on January 14. The previous game against Georgia Tech, he had a team-high 19 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Goodwin connected on a big 3-pointer in overtime to seal the victory.
“THAT WAS MARCUS HAMMOND”
Marcus Hammond is starting to get into a groove lately and be the guy Coach Brey thought he could be for the Irish.
Three double-digit scores in the last 5 games. He led the team in scoring in two of them (Syracuse + BC, Jan 14-17) –> had back-to-back games with a season high in three-pointers made (4+5). Hammond is averaging 12.6 points per game over said 5-game stretch.
Hammond recently had his first double-double of the season and 5th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds at NC State.
JJ takes a step
Freshman JJ Starling came out and scored a game-high 22 points to help lead the Irish to a 76-62 victory over Louisville.
Starling had 16 points in the half and ended up one shy of his season high of 23. The New York native was 9 of 16 from the field and also grabbed six boards.
How about this – last 2 games – 40 points / 16-of-30 shooting / 13 rebounds.
ALSO TRENDING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Cormac Ryan has had 3 straight games in double figures, scoring 43 points in that span. Most recently, he recorded a career-high 8 assists to go along with his 11 points against Louisville.
Ryan is averaging a career-best 11.5 points per game. He is also 7 shy of 200 career 3-pointers.
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