By the Numbers: What Notre Dame does well

A close examination of ND's statistics, and analysis of what the Irish do and don't do well.

Notre Dame, Indiana's opponent on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, currently ranks 58th nationally according to KenPom. The Irish have dropped three games, to Indiana State, Iowa and North Dakota State, and they really have yet to be a quality opponent.

What the Irish do well, according to the numbers:

1. Share the ball

Notre Dame ranks second nationally with an assist percentage of 67.1, meaning it assists on 67.1 percent of its made field goals. That's pretty impressive. Only Denver (74.1) is better. To compare, Indiana's assist percentage is 41.9 and ranks 319th nationally. Jerian Grant has been the best in that category for the Irish, dishing out 6.1 dimes per game.

2. Take care of the ball

Unlike Indiana, Notre Dame is very good at taking care of the ball, something you'd expect from a veteran team like the Irish. They have a turnover rate of 14.4, ranking 19th nationally.

3. Make free throws

When Notre Dame gets to the line, it usually cashes in. The Irish make 77.5 percent of their free throws, ranking 13th nationally. Notre Dame also makes better than 40 percent of its shots from beyond the arc.

What the Irish don't do so well, according to the numbers:

1. Get to the line

One of the strengths I mentioned for Notre Dame was making free throws, but that number may be skewed a bit by the fact the Irish don't get to the foul line all that often. Only 19.9 percent of their points come from the charity stripe, good for 271st nationally. To compare, 28.3 percent of Indiana's points come from the foul line, ranking 22nd nationally.

2. Play defense

One of Indiana's strengths is a weakness for Notre Dame. The Irish rank 131st in defensive efficiency, allowing 101.7 points per 100 possessions. The Irish have allowed an effective field goal percentage of 50.8, ranking 212th nationally. Notre Dame has allowed at least 73 points in all three of its losses, and it gave up 98 points in a loss to Iowa.

3. Crash the offensive glass

OK, so they're not terrible in this department, but they're not great, either. Notre Dame rebounds 33.8 of its misses, good for 114th in the nation. But here's the thing: The Irish are a very good defensive rebounding team. They give up an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6, ranking 18th nationally. So something will have to give when they see the Hoosiers, a very good offensive rebounding team, on Saturday. Top Stories