Notre Dame (15-7, 8-3) at NC State (10-13, 3-9)
Dated: February 2
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Or: PNC Arena | Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: ACC Network | Wes Durham and Dan Bonner
Line: NC Status -1.0
WHERE : 144.0
– Notre Dame leads the all-time series 9-8
– Mike Brey is 2-4 against Kevin Keatts
– Notre Dame beat NC State 73-65 11 days ago.
– The Irish are 12-0 (2021-22) when shooting better than their opponent.
— Prentiss Hubb’s assist-to-rotation ratio in the ACC game is 5.6. It’s the best for any player in the conference with more than five games played.
– Notre Dame is 10-0 this season when hitting 10-plus three-pointers in a game.
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Notre Dame and NC State played 11 days ago and the Irish used a 15-0 run in the second half to blow the game away. Mike Brey’s club had four double-digit starters, including Nate Laszewski, who scored 18 points and 4-for-5 of three.
The Irish hit 11 threes, won the glass and made 11 more free throws in the 73-65 victory. To leave Raleigh on Saturday, the recipe is much the same, but the Irish will likely have to deal with a slightly better shot from NC State at home.
NC State only had eight scholarship players available Wednesday against Syracuse and could be in the same situation Saturday. Ebenezer Dowuona has a leg injury and his status is unknown for Notre Dame, but he would be the fourth player to suffer a major injury this season for the Wolfpack.
Notre Dame will see a smaller NC State team, which is good because Brey would like to play five guards if he can get away with it.
The player to watch for Notre Dame is senior point guard Prentiss Hubb, who has come out of his slump and become one of the most effective ball distributors in the ACC. In ACC play, Hubb holds a ridiculous 5.6 assist-to-rotation ratio. If you take a closer look, Hubb committed three turnovers at Georgia Tech on Jan. 3. Since that game, the DC native has played 246 minutes and has only committed three turnovers and his assist to turnover ratio is 8.7 during that streak. Oh, Hubb had 11 of his 15 second-half points in Wednesday’s win at Miami.
“I can’t believe there’s a quarterback playing better than this guy right now,” Brey said. “He kind of uses his teammates and he feels when he has to go for the jugular. He was fabulous. He quarterbacked us and really helped us.
It will also be interesting to see what kind of game Notre Dame plays against NC State. The Irish aren’t afraid to get into an up-and-down game, but a slower pace has been good lately.
“It started with Kentucky,” Brey said. “It’s a bit like a page from Virginia’s book. If you’re playing slow on offense, your backline doesn’t have to be great for 70 possessions. It helps us offensively because we needed more structure and where to shoot. It’s helped our defense because we don’t have to deal with it over and over again, although I think we’re more committed, in position and keeping it out of the middle better. “
NC State Final Five
Syracuse – 89-82L
@ A C – 100-80L
@ Notre Dame 73-65 L
Virginia – 77-63 W
Virginia Tech – 62-59L
Notre Dame Last Five
Miami – 68-64W
Duke – 57-43 L
Virginia – 69-65 W
NC State – 73-65W
Louisville – 82-70W