Notre Dame Capsule

Nickname: Fighting Irish                 Coach: Mike Brey
Location: South Bend, Indiana            Record at Notre Dame: 142-77
Conference: Big East                     Career record: 241-129
Overall Record: 24-7
Conference Record and Finish: 11-5, 4th

Seed, Region and Bid: 6th, Midwest, At-Large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 28
NCAA Tournament Record: 29-31 (.483)
Final Four Appearances: 1 (1978)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST (1978)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 17
Final Associated Press ranking: 17
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 31

Record vs. teams in the field: 4-4

Starters:
F -- Rob Kurz (6-9, 235, Jr. -- 12.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg)
F -- Luke Harangody (6-8, 250, Fr. -- 11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
G -- Russell Carter (6-4, 220, Sr. -- 17.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
G -- Tory Jackson (5-10, 185, Fr. -- 7.7 ppg, 4.4 apg)
G -- Colin Falls (6-5, 200, Sr. --  15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F -- Zach Hillesland (6-9, 227, So. -- 5.6 ppg)
G -- Ryan Ayers (6-8, 210, So. -- 3.0 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: When they are shooting well from outside, the Fighting
Irish are a very dangerous team.  Behind Falls, the leader for
career 3-pointers in the Big East, Notre Dame finished nearly 40
percent from the arc and enter the NCAAs eighth in the nation
in scoring with 81.3 points per game.  If teams focus too much
on Falls, Carter can hurt them with his slashing attack and
short-range game.  The Irish drew a great deal of press in
December when starting point guard Kyle McAlarney was arrested
for possession of drugs.  After some early adjustments, the
freshman Jackson has really stepped up to fill the hole in the
starting lineup, almost single-handedly beating Georgetown in
the semifinals of the Big East tournament.  Back in the NCAAs
after a three-year absence, the Irish have a difficult matchup
in Winthrop, which gave fits to teams like North Carolina and
Wisconsin earlier in the season.

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (11) Winthrop at Spokane, Washington