The Blue Demons were led by an outstanding performance from sophomore Mac Koshwal, who may have impressed some of the NBA scouts who were at the Allstate Arena for the game, notching his 5th consecutive double-double of the season (6th overall) with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Dar Tucker also put on a show for the NBA scouts, dropping 24 points on 8-14 shooting.
Not to be outdone, the Fighting Irish were led by All-American Luke Harangody, who earned a double-double of his own, with 26 points and 16 rebounds. The loss places DePaul's record at 8-6, including 0-1 in Big East play.
A deeper analysis into the numbers show how the game was lost for the Blue Demons.
|#7 Notre Dame||127.6||58.2||12.5||36.1||29.9|
The high offensive statistics are a product of the type of day it was for both teams. Neither team's defenses came to play and as a result, the game turned into a shootout. Had DePaul played better defense, the team may have gotten the upset.
The offensive efficiency total for Notre Dame was extremely high. To put the Fighting Irish efficiency into perspective, the #1 team in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency right now is fellow Big East member, Georgetown (124.7). Notre Dame's output offensively exceeded that number. The reasons for the gaudy offensive statistic is because of how well the Fighting Irish shot from the field (52%). Coupled with the fact that Notre Dame also shot well from three-point range (40%), and you have the recipe for an extremely efficienct offensive outing. The Blue Demons put up impressive offensive numbers themselves, but the difference is that the team didn't create extra opportunities on offense (-2) while Notre Dame did (+3). Another reason for the differential in efficiency is because the Fighting Irish went to the line more often than DePaul. That aspect of the game helped fuel Notre Dame's efficiency as well.
Both teams shot extremely well from the field, and it's no surprise that each team's eFG% are outstanding as a result. Both the Blue Demons and the Fighting Irish shot 52% from the field, however, DePaul did shoot a bit better from three-point range (41%) compared to Notre Dame (40%). The reason that the Fighting Irish possessed a slightly higher eFG% is because they made more three-pointers (8) than DePaul (5). On a side note, the Blue Demons' Dar Tucker has begun to heat up from downtown as of late. After starting the season off slow from beyond the arc, Tucker has been able to push his percentage to 34% for the season. Considering where Tucker's percentage was roughly a month ago (around 27%), it's an improvement for the sophomore.
The offensive rebounding percentage was in favor of Notre Dame by a wide margin. Attribute this to the fact that the Fighting Irish out-rebounded the Blue Demons on the offensive glass for the game, 12-6. The overall rebounding totals also favored Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish hauled in 38 rebounds compared to 27 for DePaul. It's interesting to note that Notre Dame's Harangody, himself, snagged more offensive rebounds (7) than the entire Blue Demons team (6). There's no doubt that Harangody played like an All-American.
The free-throw rate saw Notre Dame achieve a higher output than DePaul. It's easy to see why; for the game, the Fighting Irish went 14-20 (70%) from the charity stripe while the Blue Demons went 9-14 (64%).
DePaul's next game comes against Providence on Saturday, January 3rd at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the second Big East conference game for both teams.