Senior point guard Eric Atkins runs the show for the Irish. Atkins is a solid guard that has given Syracuse problems in the past. Atkins struggles with shot selection at times but can hit from the outside as well as make plays at the rim. He has solid court vision and passes the ball well.
With the loss of Jerian Grant, freshman Steve Vasturia has jumped into the starting lineup. He takes most of his shots from beyond the arc, but has not been overly potent this season at only 31%. He is shooting just 20% over his last three games. He doesn't offer much else in terms of rebounding, scoring or defending.
Pat Connaughton is the third starting guard for Notre Dame and plays a small forward type role. He is deadly from the outside and is second on the team in rebounding. Despite being a bit undersized, he plays physical inside and is skilled on the glass. He is also an adequate defender.
Off the bench is guard Demetrius Jackson. He is a slashing guard who likes to penetrate. He is hitting 42% of his shots from beyond the arc as well.
Zach Auguste starts at power forward for Notre Dame. At 6-foot-10, he looks physically imposing. He has developed into a solid rebounder over the last few games, averaging over seven boards per outing. Still, he is not overly athletic and does not have an array of post moves. As a defender, Auguste is average at best.
Senior center Garrick Sherman leads the team in rebounding and scoring with Grant no longer with the team. He is a true low-post threat who can score with a variety of moves. He can hit the hook, uses pump-fakes well, and can hit short jumpers. On the glass, Sherman is up and down. Defensively, he is the best shot blocker for the Irish, but is not overly skilled as an interior defender.
Off the bench, Notre Dame is without sophomore big Austin Burgett who had surgery recently to treat an irregular heartbeat. That leaves the Irish with V.J. Beachem and Tom Knight as key reserves up front.
Beachem is a 6-8 stretch forward with nice touch from the outside. He is not a physical player and can be outmuscled with ease. Beachem is not a strong defender or a skilled rebounder.
Knight is a bit more physical inside but still is not overly strong on the boards. He is an adequate defensive player and does most of his scoring damage inside.
Notre Dame plays a traditional man-to-man defense. They don't pressure the ball like Duke, but do like to double on the inside to make up for their lack of a pure shot blocker. They don't often trap or switch on ball screens, which can open the lane at times.
Notre Dame is 86th in the country at 75.3 points per game, and 161st in rebounding at 35.5 boards per contest. They are 23rd in the country in assists per game, but are only hitting 36% of their shots from beyond the arc.
Notre Dame is second to last in the ACC in field goal percentage defense at 44.8% and last in three point percentage defense at 37.1%. The Irish are also 11th in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage.
On paper, Syracuse should dominate this game. They are more talented all over the floor, are better on the boards and a stronger defensive team. However, there could be a bit of a letdown from the Orange after a draining overtime win Saturday night. Syracuse should still be able to pull this one out, however.