DePaul Blue Demons vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Saturday, February 2nd, 5:00 p.m. (Central) – South Bend, Indiana
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The Fighting Irish (15-4, 5-2) are on a short turnaround coming off a 81-74 overtime win over the Providence Friars on Thursday night. Sophomore big man Luke Harangody was a beast inside for the Fighting Irish all night as he racked up 31 points and 14 rebounds.
The Irish are unbeaten in the Joyce Center which is a hostile environment for any visiting team. You don't have to tell the Blue Demons that as they were trounced 79-54 in South Bend last year. The Irish have now won 32 straight games on their homecourt.
Junior guard Kyle McAlarney is back for the Irish after missing half of last season when he was suspended following an arrest for possession of marijuana. McAlarney was named Big East player of the week following his 30 point performance in Notre Dame's win at Villanova last weekend.
DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright appreciated the job that Irish coach Mike Brey is doing in South Bend. "I've got big respect for Mike," Wainwright said. "I really like his kids. He's got maybe the most balanced scoring at every position on his team. Because of that he puts great stretch on your defense. You have to score points to beat Notre Dame. They are a really, really solid team that shares the ball."
Following this week's loss to Syracuse, Wainwright had hinted that he might tinker with his lineup going into this game. Yet with little practice time to work on changes, Wainwright is not likely to implement anything new in time for the Notre Dame game.
DePaul is going to have their work cut out for them going up against the size that the Irish have including the 6-8 Harangody, 6-9 Zach Hillesland, and 6-9 Rob Kurz. It's no surprise that the Irish lead the Big East in rebounding margin at +8.1 per game.
Notre Dame also leads the league in free throw percentage (.735), assists (18.89 apg), and three point field goal percentage (.406). While DePaul is second to last in the conference in three point defensive field goal percentage. That makes for a bad combination for the Demons.
The status of DePaul's Matija Poscic who has been hampered by a back injury will be a game time decision on Saturday.
Former DePaul assistant coach Gene Cross is an assistant at Notre Dame.
DePaul freshman captain Mac Koshwal played AAU basketball with ND freshman walk-on Thomas Kopko.
Irish sophomore guard Tory Jackson played for the same AAU program that has produced DePaul players Wilson Chandler, Jabari Currie, and Darquavis Tucker.
The Wendell Smith award is given to the most valuable player of the Notre Dame vs. DePaul game.
The Last Time
Notre Dame beat DePaul handily 79-54 with five players in double figures on February 20, 2007 in South Bend. Senior guard Colin Falls led the way for the Irish with 19 points, all of which were scored in the first half. DePaul senior guard Sammy Mejia led the Demons with 17 points.
Notre Dame Roster
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
1 Tyrone Nash 6-8/220 Guard FR Queens, NY/Lawrence Woodmere Academy & Northfield Mt. Hermon
2 Tory Jackson 5-11/193 Guard SO Saginaw, MI/Buena Vista
5 Tom Kopko 6-2/180 Guard FR Chicago, IL/St. Laurence
13 Ty Proffitt 6-4/206 Guard FR London, KY/South Laurel
20 Jonathan Peoples 6-3/215 Guard SO Bellwood, IL/St. Joseph
21 Tim Abromaitis 6-8/224 Forward FR Unionville, CT/Farmington
23 Kyle McAlarney 6-0/196 Guard JR Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic
31 Rob Kurz 6-9/232 Forward SR Lower Gwynedd, PA/Penn Charter
33 Zach Hillesland 6-9/233 Forward JR Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit
34 Carleton Scott 6-7/198 Forward FR San Antonio, TX/James Madison
40 Luke Zeller 6-10/239 Forward/Center JR Washington, IN/Washington
41 Tim Andree 6-8/210 Forward SO Colts Neck, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy
42 Ryan Ayers 6-7/210 Guard/Forward JR Blue Bell, PA/Germantown Academy
44 Luke Harangody 6-8/251 Forward SO Schererville, IN/Andrean
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