Notre Dame releases nonconference schedule for 2021-22 season

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It always is exciting whenever a nonconference schedule is announced. You know who you’re going to play leading up to your usual opponents. Some hail from conferences you only hear about during March Madness, and others are prominent or talented programs that you really can use as a measuring stick for the type of team you have. In short, nonconference play can say a lot about your program.

Notre Dame released its nonconference schedule Thursday. We’ll know more about their ACC schedule over the next couple of weeks, and the tournament the Irish will be playing around Thanksgiving could feature more games than what currently is listed. We also don’t know how many games at all could be affected by COVID-19 as we all know that the situation remains very fluid. Until then, here are the teams the Irish will face after home exhibitions against Nazareth on Oct. 29 and St. Norbert on Nov. 5:

Nov. 13 vs. Cal State Northridge

Dec 19, 2020; Berkeley, California, USA; Cal State Northridge Matadors head coach Mark Gottfried and team are socially distant during the game against the California Golden Bears during the first half at Haas Pavilion. Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 16 vs. High Point

Mar 1, 2018; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers head coach Tubby Smith during the first half against the South Florida Bulls at FedExForum. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 22 vs. St. Mary's (California)

March 9, 2020; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Saint Mary's Gaels celebrate against the BYU Cougars after the semifinal game in the WCC Basketball Championships at Orleans Arena. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nov. 29 at Illinois

Nov 27, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger (0) dribbles as Illinois Fighting Illini guard Da'Monte Williams (20) defends in the first half at the Purcell Pavilion. Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 11 vs. Kentucky

Dec 12, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Nate Laszewski (14) drives against Kentucky Wildcats forward Jacob Toppin (0) during the first half at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 18 vs. Indiana

Dec 21, 2019; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Dane Goodwin (23) dribbles the ball while Indiana Hoosiers guard Devonte Green (11) defends in the second half at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 20 vs. Western Michigan

Dec 6, 2020; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Western Michigan Broncos guard B. Artis White (3) passes the ball during the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Dec. 22 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faces UTRGV in a basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at the American Bank Center.

Jan. 17 at Howard

A general view of the Founders Library on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., on August 18, 2020. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

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