Notre Dame has won 30 straight games at the Joyce Center and will look to make it 31 on Tuesday night. The Irish will host Cincinnati in conference play with tip-off scheduled for 7 PM. ESPNU will broadcast the contest. The Bearcats are 8-8 overall but 3-1 in the Big East after an upset 69-66 victory over No. 24 Villanova on Saturday.
Notre Dame gets a chance to re-find their groove after the blowout loss to Marquette. The Irish looked overmatched from the start. The Golden Eagles forced Notre Dame into 24 turnovers and 4-of-19 from three-point range. Marquette, on the other hand, connected on 12-of-24 from behind the arc. Five players scored in double figures for the Golden Eagles, led by Jerel McNeal's 18 points. Lazar Hayward added 17 points and 11 rebounds while Dominic James totaled 16 points and seven assists. Across the board, Marquette dominated the game.
The lone bright spot for the Irish was Luke Harangody. The sophomore forward tied a career-high with 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year. Harangody, along with Kyle McAlarney, did commit six turnovers each. The 26-point loss was the biggest margin of victory in the two teams' 109-game history. In the team's first true road game of the year, Notre Dame turned in a disappointing performance.
While the Irish come into Tuesday on a low note, the Bearcats ride momentum into South Bend. Cincinnati's three-point win over Villanova moved the Bearcats a half-game away from the top of the standings. Rashad Bishop nailed a three-pointer with 22 seconds left to give Cincinnati a 68-66 lead. A last second Scottie Reynolds three-pointer was off the mark as the Bearcats scored the upset victory. Deonta Vaughn totaled a game-high 25 points.
Vaughn leads Cincinnati in scoring. The 6-1 sophomore averages 17.3 PPG, which is fifth in the Big East. Vaughn is shooting 47 percent from the field, including 41 percent from three-point range. The problem: the sophomore guard is the only Bearcats player averaging in double figures. It's a big reason why Cincinnati is second to last in the conference in scoring offense. John Williamson, a 6-6 senior, chips in 9.9 PPG and leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards a contest. Adam Hrycaniuk, a 6-10 junior, is third in scoring at 8.7 PPG and second in rebounding at 5.6 boards a contest.