Of Notre Dame's 30 regular-season basketball contests this season, 14 will be seen on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU while road games at UCLA and Connecticut will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
"We were very aggressive in how we put together our basketball schedule this season," head coach Mike Brey said. "I believe that we have one of the toughest, if not the toughest, schedule in the country. It certainly is the toughest in the history of our men's basketball program here at Notre Dame. It will challenge us from day one and will provide great tests for us throughout the entire season. It's a great schedule for the veteran group that we have coming back this season."
Notre Dame opens the 2008-09 regular season when it hosts South Carolina Upstate on Sunday, Nov. 18 and looks to continue its 37-game overall home win streak. The Irish will then play at Loyola Marymount on Friday, Nov. 21 before heading to Hawaii for the Maui Classic where all games will be shown on the ESPN family of networks.
Notre Dame will play three games in three days in Maui with the first one against Indiana on Monday, Nov. 24. The Irish will either face Texas or Saint Joseph's in the Tuesday matchup and depending on how the bracket plays out will be matched up against either North Carolina, Oregon, Alabama or Chaminade on Wednesday.
Notre Dame will return to the mainland and host Furman (Nov. 30) and South Dakota (Dec. 2) before a neutral site matchup against Ohio State (Dec. 6) at the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis which will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Notre Dame has home games with Boston University (Dec. 13), Delaware State (Dec. 20) and Savannah State (Dec. 22) before opening up Big East Conference play with a trip to DePaul on New Year's Eve in a game that will be shown on ESPN2.
The Irish will travel to New York to play St. John's (Jan. 3) before putting their conference home winning streak on the line against Georgetown (Jan. 5/ESPN). They will host Seton Hall (Jan. 10) before road games at Louisville (Jan. 12/ESPN) and Syracuse (Jan. 17/ESPN).
When Notre Dame comes home for a matchup with UConn (Jan. 24), ESPN will be in town and will broadcast its College GameDay show as the Irish could have a chance to tie Pittsburgh's 21-game home winning streak in the conference.
If the Irish are able to win their first three conference home games, the record-breaker could come against Marquette (Jan. 26/ESPN). Notre Dame will then have conference road games against Pittsburgh (Jan. 31/ESPN) and Cincinnati (Feb. 4) before heading to Los Angeles for an independent matchup with UCLA (Feb. 7/CBS).
Notre Dame will wind down the regular season with home games against Louisville (Feb. 12/ESPN or ESPN2), South Florida (Feb. 15), Rutgers (Feb. 25), Villanova (March 2/ESPN) and St. John's (March 6). The Irish road schedule for the last month of the season features dates at West Virginia (Feb. 18/ESPN2), Providence (Feb. 21) and UConn (Feb. 28/CBS).
The Big East Championship is scheduled for March 10-14 at Madison Square Garden with the first round of the NCAA Tournament set to take place March 19 and 20.
This year's Final Four will be held April 4 and 6 at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Irish will host two exhibition games before the start of the regular season with preseason matchups with Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Halloween and Stonehill on Nov. 9.Complete ND 2008-09 Schedule