Notre Dame men’s basketball will play the first of three games of the 10th annual Gotham Classic when hosted in Southern Indiana on Wednesday night. The Irish will host Bowling Green in their second game of the Classic next Tuesday and then take on St. Bonaventure in the main game of the event on November 25 at the UBS Arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.
Where: Notre Dame, Ind – Purcell Pavilion
When: Wednesday, November 16 – 8:00 p.m. EST
network: ACC network
radio: Notre Dame Radio Network – WSBT 960 AM in South Bend, Tony Simeone PBP
Let’s take a look at today’s matchup:
NOTRE DAME FIGHTS IRISH (2-0, 0-0 ACC)
head coach: Mike Brey (474–259 in Notre Dame (season 23), 573–311 season 28 overall)
Notre Dame followed up its season-opening win over Radford last Sunday with an 88-81 home win over Youngstown State.
Dane Goodwin Five Fighting Irish players led double digits with 20 points to victory Nate Laszewski converted into a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Honored Newcomer JJ Starling ended up with 14 points thanks in part to 3 for 4 shooting from the 3 point area.
Probable Irish starting line-up
G JJ Starling – 6-3, Fri – (No previous stats)
G Cormac Ryan – 6-5, 5th – 9.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 APG
G Dane Goodwin – 6-6, 5th – 13.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
G Trey Wertz – 6-5, 5th – 4.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.0 APG
f Nate Laszewski – 6-10, 5th – 9.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 18 BLACK
Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles (2-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley Conf.)
head coach: Stan Gouard (30-13 in 3rd year at school, 258-130 in 15th season overall)
Southern Indiana is in the first season of the Division II to Division I transition process. Per the NCAA’s transition policy, the Screaming Eagles will not be able to participate in the NCAA tournament or the NIT until the 2026-2027 season.
head coach Stan Gouard led SIU to the Division II NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm in 2021. He has spent the last 12 seasons in Indianapolis, where he led the Greyhounds to six consecutive DII NCAA appearances from 2011-2016. He took her to another in 2020.
USI is led by Senior Guard Jelani Simmons, who was named a Preseason All-OVC by Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine and the League Coaches and Sports Communicators after averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in games last year. He joins Tyler Henrywho was the team’s second-top scorer at 12.2 ppg.
Expected opponent’s starting line-up (2021-2022 stats)
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G Jelani Simmons– Stats – 14.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG
C Kyron Powell – Stats – 2.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4 BLK
G Gary Solomon – Statistics – (DNP last year)
G Isaiah Swope – Stats – 8.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.4 AST
f Trevor Lakes – Stats – 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG
WHERE TO LOOK
Southern Indiana pushed Missouri in the season opener but ultimately fell 97-91 on the road. They hit 15 of 30 3-pointers in that game and followed that up by going 6 to 16 in their 71-53 win over Southern Illinois last week. Simmons was named OVC Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points in both games.
Notre Dame’s five starters average at least 34 minutes per game over two games. Ven Allen Lubin is the sixth man with an average of 19.9 minutes. Matt Zone played 2.0 minutes against Youngstown. Niagara transfer Mark Hammond expected to miss his third straight game with an MCL tribe.
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Contents of the Irish breakdown
Notre Dame 2022 squad
Notre Dame 2022 schedule
Large plaque of the Notre Dame 2023 class
Notre Dame 2023 Commit Board – Offensive
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense
Notre Dame 2023 Scholarship Offers
Notre Dame 2024 Scholarship Offers
Ranking The Signatories of 2022 – Offensive
2022 Signatory Ranking – Defense
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