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    2/10/18 FSU @ Notre Dame 4PM ET ESPN2

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    They broke their 7 game losing streak on Tuesday...let's see if they can keep winning somehow...

    Harvey and Colson still out

    Notre Dame vs. Florida State - Five Things To Know
    Irish play host to the Seminoles on ESPN2 and will honor the 1978 Final Four team.

    Feb. 8, 2018
    NDMBB vs. Florida State Notes
    WHO: Notre Dame (14-10, 4-7 ACC) vs. Florida State (17-7, 6-6 ACC)

    WHAT: Saturday afternoon sold-out ACC contest as Notre Dame honors the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Final Four team.

    WHERE: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

    WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 4 p.m. ET


    ESPN2 national broadcast with Mike Couzens (play-by-play) and Cory Alexander (analyst). Broadcast also available on the WatchESPN app.

    Notre Dame Basketball Radio Network with Jack Nolan (play-by-play) and Zach Hillesland (analyst). Available locally on the WSBT-AM 960/FM 96.1, worldwide on and via any network affiliate (list available on page 8 of the notes package).

    Here are Five Things To Know about the Notre Dame - Florida State game...

    The Last Meeting
    Notre Dame 77
    Florida State 73
    March 10, 2017
    Brooklyn, N.Y. (Barclays Center)
    On To The ACC Championship: Irish Defeat Florida State in Semifinals
    For the second time in three years Notre Dame (25-8) is heading to the ACC Tournament Championship game, as the Irish defeated No. 2 seed Florida State (25-8) on Friday evening by a score of 77-73 at the Barclays Center.

    The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team (14-10, 4-7 ACC) returns to action Saturday afternoon against Florida State (17-7, 6-6 ACC) on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET. The program will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its 1978 Final Four team at halftime of the game.

    • T.J. Gibbs has hit double-digit scoring in a career-best 12 straight games, tied for the seventh-best streak in the ACC. Senior Bonzie Colson still leads the league in consecutive double-digit scoring games with 31.
    • T.J. Gibbs ranks among the top 10 in the ACC statistical rankings (all games) in minutes played (5th, 37.29), 3FG% (5th, .420), points per game (8th, 16.2), 3FGM (8th, 2.42), free throw percentage (10th, .827) and assist/turnover ratio (10th, 2.08). Gibbs and Boston College’s Justin Robinson are the only ACC players to rank among the top 10 in all six of those categories.
    • Matt Farrell is approaching two career milestones - 350 assists (he has 347 current) and 150 made 3FGs (149 current). When he reaches those milestones, he will become the seventh Irish player to dish out 350 assists and make 150 three-point field goals - Chris Thomas, Kyle McAlarney, Chris Quinn, Jerian Grant, Eric Atkins and Martin Ingelsby are the others - see page 3 of this notes package for a full breakdown.
    • Martinas Geben has scored in double figures in eight of the last 12 games, while pulling down nine or more rebounds in 10 of the last 13 games.
    • John Mooney has increased his career-high for points in a single game in three of his last five games played, including a personal-best 16 points against Boston College.

    Notre Dame and Florida State will be meeting for the eighth time on Saturday afternoon, with the Seminoles leading the all-time series 4-3. Six of the previous seven meetings have come as ACC opponents, with the team splitting those contests 3-3. In the last meeting, No. 3 seed Notre Dame defeated No. 2 Florida State 77-73 in the semifinals of the ACC Championship - earning Notre Dame its second bid to the ACC final in four full seasons of league competition.
    While both Irish head coach Mike Brey and FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton both coached in the BIG EAST, they have only met when Hamilton has coached at FSU. Hamilton left Miami (FL) in 1999-2000, the year before Mike Brey took over the Notre Dame program.
    See the sidebar on the right for a run down of the Notre Dame - Florida State series.
    Notre Dame has been hit by the injury bug this season, playing a significant amount of the season without three of its top six players. A timeline of the injury losses:

    • Friday, Dec. 29, 2013 (loss of Colson) - Senior All-American and National Player of the Year candidate Bonzie Colson injures his foot in practice. He starts and plays the full game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 30 (scoring 22 points and collecting 17 rebounds), but the discomfort in his left foot leads to an x-ray performed on Monday, Jan. 1. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, it is announced that Colson will miss eight weeks with a fracture in his left foot. He undergoes successful surgery on Thursday, Jan. 4 and is expected to miss eight weeks of action.
    • Wednesday, Jan. 3 (loss of Farrell) - In the first game without Bonzie Colson in the lineup, senior guard and Wooden Award watch list selection Matt Farrell severely sprains his left ankle with 5:09 remaining in the first half. Farrell would miss the next three games (at Syracuse - W, at Georgia Tech - L, vs. North Carolina - L). He returned to the starting line up on Tuesday, Jan.16, against Louisville.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 16 (loss of Harvey) - With Farrell back in the starting lineup, freshman D.J. Harvey (who had started the previous four games in place of Colson) suffers a bone bruise in his left knee with 8:25 remaining in the first half. Harvey would be sidelined for the next three games (and is expected to be out of the lineup at least one more week).
    • Thursday, Jan. 24 (loss of Farrell again)- After competing in two games, Farrell suffers a setback in the rehabilitation from his ankle injury. An MRI is performed and a bone bruise is identified in his left ankle (suffered during the original injury on Jan. 3). Farrell is sidelined indefinitely and does not play against Virginia Tech (L) or Duke (L). He will be a game time decision for the contest at NC State.

    Since losing Colson, the Irish have been able to field a lineup with Farrell and Harvey for just 11:35 of game time (the first half of the double overtime loss to Louisville before Harvey’s injury).
    Thursday, Feb. 1 (loss of Mooney) - With Farrell back to practice, John Mooney sprains his right ankle in the final segment of practice on Thursday, Feb. 1. Mooney attempts to ‘give it a go’ at NC State and remains in the starting lineup, but is eventually limited to just eight minutes of playing time.
    Mooney returned to the lineup full time on Tuesday, Feb. 6, against Boston College and scored a career-best 16 points.
    Senior guard Matt Farrell is approaching two key career milestones - 350 assists and 150 made three-point field goals. Only six players in Notre Dame basketball history have hit those numbers and all six are what could be described as prototypical Mike Brey guards (ability to pass and shoot).
    350 Assist / 150 Made Three Point Field Goals at Notre Dame
    Name Years Assists 3FGM
    Chris Thomas 2001-05 833 302
    Kyle McAlarney 2005-09 376 298
    Chris Quinn 2002-06 428 239
    Jerian Grant 2011-15 690 179
    Eric Atkins 2010-14 589 178
    Martin Ingelsby 1997-2001 526 167
    Matt Farrell 2014-present 347 149


    Senior Matt Farrell and sophomore T.J. Gibbs not only share the ball handling duties in the Notre Dame backcourt, they also are linked by their noteworthy development as part of the Irish roster.
    Moving from a reserve role to the starting point guard for the 2016-17 season, Farrell improved his scoring output by 11.5 points for the season - 2.6 to 14.1 - to rank second in the ACC.
    In 2017-18, Gibbs is following Farrell’s path while moving from a reserve to the starting line up. Currently, Gibbs has improved his scoring output 11.5 points per game (4.7 to 16.2) - which is second in the ACC.


    1 Notre Dame leads the country in least amount of personal fouls committed per game with a 13.0 average. The Irish are second in the NCAA in terms of total fouls committed (313).
    2 The Irish are 2-0 against Florida State in Purcell Pavilion.
    2.95 Senior guard Matt Farrell leads the ACC in three-point field goals made per game with a 2.95 average (56 total). Farrell has connected on four-or-more three-point field goals in eight games this season, incluing nine over the past two games (four at NC State, five vs. Boston College).
    3 More weeks of game action expected to be missed by senior Bonzie Colson after fracturing a bone in his foot on Friday, December 29. Colson was averaging 21.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and over two steals and two blocks per game - the only college player to hit those averages this year and the only player to reach those averages since Sports Reference started tracking statistics in the 1992-93 season.
    4 Mike Brey is the fourth-longest tenured head coach among power five conference teams - now in his 18th season at Notre Dame. Jim Boeheim (42), Mike Krzyzewski (38) and Tom Izzo (23) are the only other power five conference head coaches with a longer tenure at their current institution.
    11.5 Sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs has improved his scoring by 11.5 points per game this season (4.7 to 16.2), the second-best mark in the ACC (UNC’s Luke Maye leads with a +12.8 mark).
    23 Games won (with eight losses) by the 1977-78 Irish team that advanced to the program’s first and only NCAA Final Four. The team will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game. See page 10 and 11 for info on the team.
    62 Three-point field goal shooting percentage (.619, 13-21) for sophomore forward John Mooney over the past four non-injury affected games (he was limted to eight minutes at NC State with a sprained ankle).
    96 The senior class of Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell, Martinas Geben, Matt Gregory and Austin Torres (graduate student) is two wins away from becoming the all-time winningest senior class in Notre Dame basketball history. The 2016-17 and 2012-13 senior classes currently hold the record with 97 wins over a four-year span.
    347 Career assists for Matt Farrell, on pace to become the 16th Notre Dame player to reach the 350-assist plateau at Notre Dame. Farrell is 29 assists behind Kyle McAlarney for 15th on the Notre Dame career assist list.
    1,861 Wins in Notre Dame men’s basketball history, which is the ninth-best total in the NCAA. Notre Dame has moved from 12th on the all-time wins list to ninth during the Mike Brey Era (2000-01 to present).

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    Good win for the Irish...Plueger was aggressive for once and Farrell played one heck of a game...on to North Carolina tomorrow...GULP!

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    Irish Blow By Seminoles In 84-69 Victory
    Matt Farrell scored a career-high 28 points in the win

    Feb. 10, 2018
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    By Robby Hamman
    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame (15-10, 5-7 ACC) used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to pull away from Florida State (17-7, 6-6 ACC) in Saturday's 84-69 win over the Seminoles inside Purcell Pavilion.

    Senior guard Matt Farrell turned in a performance to remember, scoring a career-high 28 points. Farrelll wasn't the only Notre Dame player to have the best offensive performance of his career against Florida State, as junior Rex Pflueger also posted a career-high 19 points. Other Irish players to reach double figures in the win were T.J. Gibbs (19 points) and senior Martinas Geben (10 points).

    Notre Dame also welcomed back former standouts from the 1977-78 team to campus this weekend. The team reached the Final Four and was honored at halftime of the game.


    After knocking down a season-high 16 three-pointers in Tuesday's victory over Boston College, the Irish picked up right where they left off against the Seminoles. Notre Dame connected on 7-of-16 shots from beyond the arc in the first frame to help build a 40-34 lead at the half. The Irish were in the lead for over 19 minutes of action in the first half and led by as many as 10 points.

    Florida State managed to tie the game at 52-52 off a three-pointer from C.J. Walker with just over 10 minutes left in the game. After the two sides traded buckets for a couple of possessions the Irish took complete control of the contest, ripping off a 17-2 run over a five-minute stretch to go on top 73-58 with just three minutes to play. Notre Dame then cruised to the 84-69 victory.


    Farrell had the best game of his career on the offensive end of the floor on Saturday, pouring in a career-best 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, including a remarkable 6-of-10 effort from three-point range. The six makes from distance are the most the senior has ever recorded in a game in his Irish career. Farrell also added a team-high five assists, four rebounds and a steal to complete impressive performance.

    The Irish shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half off 15-of-27 shooting while holding the seminoles to just 36.8 percent shooting.

    • The Irish leveled the all-time series with the Seminoles at 4-4 and have now won three straight games in the series.
    • The senior class of Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell, Martinas Geben, Matt Gregory and graduate student Austin Torres tied the program record for most wins in a career with 97.
    • Notre Dame knocked down 10 three-pointers against the Seminoles, marking the 10th time the Irish have finished with 10 or more in a game during the 2017-18 campaign.
    • Notre Dame improves to 12-1 in games when leading at the half this season.
    • The Irish are 10-0 on the year when they score 80-plus points.
    • Pflueger scored 19 points, marking his 12th time this season with 10-plus points.
    • Farrell became the seventh player in program history to record 350-plus assists and 150 or more made three-point field goals in his career against Florida State. Farrell currently sits at 351 assists and 155 threes in his career.
    • Farrell's 28-point performance was his 18th double-digit scoring game of the season in just 20 games played. He now also has five games of 20 or more points this year.
    • Gibbs has recorded 10-plus points in 20 outings this season, including 13 straight.
    • Geben has finished in double figures 14 times during his senior campaign.


    The Irish have a quick turnaround, as the team travels to North Carolina for a Big Monday showdown on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on February 12. The game will air live on ESPN.

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    Farrell looks to be back. He was on fire yesterday.

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