Irish To Host Coyotes

#7 Notre Dame (5-1) will host South Dakota (3-4) at the Joyce Center tonight. The Irish will again be without junior forward Luke Harangody, but seniors Ryan Ayers and Kyle McAlarney figure to step up again for Notre Dame.

The Notre Dame basketball team will try to extend its home winning streak to 40 games when it entertains South Dakota at the Joyce Center at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Tonight's game will be the second of three in a six-day stretch for the Irish, who defeated Furman 93-61 on Sunday and will play Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Notre Dame (5-1) moved up one spot to number seven in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' and the Associated Press polls this week. The Irish will be playing their second straight game without reigning Big East Player of the Year Luke Harangody, who is out indefinitely with pneumonia.

Kyle McAlarney continued the hot shooting touch that he found in Maui by knocking down 10 three-pointers and scoring a game-high 32 points against Furman after netting 39 in the Maui Invitational Championship loss to #1 North Carolina. Ryan Ayers also stepped up with a career-high 19 points in Harangody's absence against Furman.

Head coach Dave Boots is in his 21st year on the South Dakota sidelines and is in charge as the Coyotes transition to Division I. Boots has a 426-167 record and has led the Coyotes to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including five straight.

The Coyotes (3-4) started the season with back-to-back losses at Cornell and at Cincinnati, but rebounded to win three of their next four before a difficult 77-76 defeat at West Texas A&M.

South Dakota is led by junior forward Tyler Cain, who is averaging 16.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Louie Krugman is averaging 15.1 points and had a career-high 23 in a 66-50 win over Panhandle State.

Tonight's matchup will be the first-ever between the two schools.


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