5 Things to Know About: Notre Dame

In the final regular season contest between the Orange and the Fighting Irish, see what Irish head coach Mike Brey has put together inside.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are yet another team that will continue on in their rivalry with the Syracuse Orange after making the decision to also join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

With Notre Dame heading to the court for their final regular season match-up as Big East Conference foes, here is what you need to know about the Irish:

1. Their top scorer: Senior forward Jack Cooley

Cooley is leading the Irish with 15 points per game.

He has scored in double-figures in 20 of the team's 22 matches.

In Notre Dame's most recent match, Cooley achieved his highest single-game total this season with 26 points versus the DePaul Blue Demons.

He is making almost 60% of his attempts per game this season.

2. Brotherly contest:

Junior guard Jerian Grant, brother of Syracuse's freshman forward Jerami Grant, resides behind only Cooley in scoring amongst all members of the Notre Dame squad. He is averaging 12.6 points per game.

Jerian has amounted double-digits in scoring in each of the last four games for the Irish.

He has scored in double-figures in 18 of the team's 22 matches.

Jerami is averaging five points per game this season, playing the majority of the season from off the bench.

Since the absence of senior forward James Southerland, Grant has played no less than 27 minutes in each of the last five games. Grant has attained double-figures in points in three of those five games.

3. Aiding others:

As a team, the Irish amount 18 assists per game, placing them in the upper echelon of NCAA Division I men's programs.

Jerian Grant and Junior guard Eric Atkins bring in the majority of the helpers for Notre Dame, both averaging around six assists per contest.

4. On the glass:

The Irish grab approximately 35 rebounds per game. They lean highly toward the defensive side to achieve the majority of their boards, attaining 25 of their 35 rebounds on that end.

Cooley tops all Notre Dame players in rebounds per match with 11.3. That average has also risen Cooley above all Big East players amongst the 15 institutions currently within the conference.

5. In the Big East:

No team in the conference makes more of their attempts than the Irish. Notre Dame is just shy of connecting on half of their tries from game to game, at 49.3%.

As the Irish get further away from the basket, they remain at the top of the Big East. From three-point range, their reside in the top spot of the conference, making just under 40% of their attempts.

Their 18 assists per match as well as their 10.3 turnovers per game also reside above all of the members of the conference.

This has amounted to a 6-3 record in the Big East.

In two of their three losses, Notre Dame has been kept under 60 points. Holding the Irish under that amount provides the best opportunity for a victory this season.

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