Preview: No. 11 Notre Dame

Marquette returns home to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Monday night on ESPN2.

No. 11 Notre Dame (14-2, 3-1) is looking for their first road win of the season Monday night when they head to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-1). Notre Dame lost its only road game at Syracuse by 12 points on January 1st. The Fighting Irish are coming off of a 15-point home victory over St. John's on Saturday.

Senior guard Ben Hansbrough has been Notre Dame's biggest scoring threat in Big East play, averaging 19 points-per-game in four conference games in 2011. The Golden Eagles had no problem shutting down Hansbrough last March though, holding him to only four points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. Hansbrough also plays tight defense, as he displayed by holding Connecticut's Kemba Walker to under 20 points for only the second time this season.

Scott Martin will also likely start at guard for the Fighting Irish. The transfer from Purdue stands at 6-foot-8 and has the ability to step out and shoot, which may cause matchup problems for a smaller Marquette team. Martin is averaging over 10 points and 4.7 rebounds-per-game this season.

Freshman guard Eric Atkins has seen increased playing time since the injury of Carleton Scott, and averages 6.5 points-per-game and 3.4 assists-per-game. Atkins has played 39 minutes in each of the games since the Scott injury, but both games have been at home. Expect some freshman mistakes from the guard while playing a lot of minutes in a hostile road environment like the Bradley Center.

Senior forward Tim Abromaitis could also cause matchup problems for Marquette, in similar fashion to their meeting last spring. Abromaitis scored 18 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and got to the foul line eight times. At 6'8", Abromaitis can shoot from the perimeter and has the ability to drive and draw fouls. He is averaging over 16 points and 7 rebounds-per-contest this season.

Senior forward Tyrone Nash also played well at Marquette last season, netting 13 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Also 6'8", Nash poses his offensive threat as a scorer in the paint, averaging about 10 points and 6 rebounds-per-game this season.

Facing three starters who are 6'8", Marquette will be extremely undersized, but that's nothing to new to Buzz Williams' squad.

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