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
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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007