Previewing Notre Dame

NC State (4-0) faces Notre Dame (2-0) Saturday night in the John R. Wooden Tradition. The Irish return three quality players in Chris Quinn, Colin Falls, and Torin Francis and boast one of the nation's top freshmen classes.


BACKGROUND Location: Notre Dame, Indiana Enrollment: 11,479 Nickname: Fighting Irish School Colors: Gold & Blue Arena: Joyce Center (11,418) Conference: Big East

TEAM Head Coach: Mike Brey Record at ND: 102-56 (5 years) 2004 Record: 17-12 (9-7) 2004 Postseason: NIT Starters Returning: 3 2005 Record: 2-0 2005 AP Ranking: NONE

Projected Starters: 15 Colin Falls - 17 ppg, 45.5% 3-point shooting (10-22) 2 Chris Quinn - 15.5 ppg, 7.5 apg 43 Russell Carter - 7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg 31 Rob Kurz - 10 ppg, 7.5 rpg 34 Torin Francis - 9.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg Key Reserves: 11 Rick Cornett - 7 ppg, 3 rpg 23 Kyle McAlarney - 6 ppg, 40 % 3-point shooting (2-5) 40 Luke Zeller - 3 ppg, 6 rpg

Getting Out Of The Gate:

In the first five seasons under head coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame has won each of its first two games and has not suffered its first loss until after the second contest ... Irish teams have been 4-0 (2000-01), 7-0 (2001-02), 4-0 (2002-03), 2-0 (2003-04) and 3-0 (2004-05) to start the season before their first loss.

Torin Francis

Irish Roll Under Brey In November:
Under head coach Mike Brey, the Irish are 22-1 (.955) all-time in games played during the month of November ... The lone November loss was to Creighton 80-75 in the championship game of the Guardians Classic on Nov. 26, 2002.

Series Record vs. North Carolina State:
Notre Dame and North Carolina State will be meeting for the seventh time when the two teams square off in the second game of the John R. Wooden Tradition ... The Irish lead the series 4-2 ... The two schools last met on Feb. 12, 1983 in Raleigh, N.C. as Notre Dame earned a 43-42 victory ... The Wolfpack's last victory was a 62-42 decision at the Joyce Center on Feb. 13, 1982 ... Saturday's matchup will mark the first time the two schools have faced each other on a neutral court.

Notre Dame vs. Atlantic Coast Conference:
Notre Dame owns a 45-73 (.381) record all-time against teams that currently are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Notre Dame At The Wooden Tradition:
Notre Dame is making its second appearance at the John R. Wooden Tradition ... In Mike Brey's first season, the 2000-01 campaign, the Irish defeated No. 16/13 Cincinnati 69-51 that gave Brey his first-ever win as a head coach over a ranked opponent ... In the contest, then junior forward Troy Murphy, who went on to earn first team consensus All-America honors finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Ryan Humphrey posted his first double-double in an Irish uniform as he finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds ... David Graves also registered double figures as he finished with 17 points ... Notre Dame led 31-26 at the intermission, but broke open the game, outscoring the Bearcats 38-25 in the second half.

Colin Falls

Conseco A Magical Place For Zeller:
Conseco Fieldhouse certainly has fond memories for Irish freshman Luke Zeller ... Last March in the Class 3A state championship game, Zeller connected on one of the most memorable shots in the history of Indiana high school basketball ... The 2005 Indiana Mr. Basketball's half-court shot as time expired lifted his Washington High School team to the 3A state title with a 76-74 victory over Plymouth ... Zeller finished the game with 27 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

Brey, Irish Find Success In Indy:
Under head coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame is 3-0 playing in Indianapolis ... In addition to the victory over Cincinnati in 2000, the Irish have played in the city on two other occasions ... Notre Dame won first and second round NCAA tournament games in 2003 at the RCA Dome against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (70-69) and Illinois (68-60) to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Irish All-Time:
Notre Dame begins its 101st season of basketball and 11th as a member of the BIG EAST Conference ... In 100 seasons, Irish teams have posted a 1567-863 record for a .645 winning percentage ... In BIG EAST play, Notre Dame owns an 84-84 record all-time in conference regular-season play.

The Captains: Guard Chris Quinn and forward Torin Francis have been named captains for the 2005-06 season, marking the second straight year that the two have served as captains. The duo becomes the 11th and 12th players to serve as two-time captains.

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